by Terry J. Hallock

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Do Not Be Overcome, Be an Overcomer (1 of 2)
T. J. Hallock
Romans 12:1-2, 9-21
March 23, 2003

In a world engaged in a titanic struggle between good and evil it is easy to be feel overcome by the sheer magnitude of the darkness. Yet Romans 12:21 URGES US TO NOT BE OVERCOME BUT TO BE OVERCOMERS. "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." God's Word declares there is a power of good available to us so strong that it can overcome any evil no matter how ferocious and terrible it may be. Filled by the power of this good we will be stronger than fear, terror, violence, despair, hatred, addiction and even death itself.

The Word does not make that promise out of thin air. It makes that promise out of the reality of Calvary's cross. On that old rugged cross stained with blood so divine the greatest battle between good and evil eternity has ever seen took place. On one side stood the perfect and sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ, and on the other side stood the author of evil himself, the devil. First appearances would have seemed to suggest that good lost and evil had won on that dark Friday afternoon. Yet we know the truth. Three days after the devil believed he had buried his most important victim of all time Jesus rose from dead with a might triumph o'er His foes. Scripture tells us that the Living Jesus will soon return with the army of His saints to destroy the devil and all his works.

The power of good that triumphed on the cross is the power of good we can possess in these days when evil spawns war and terror. Romans 12:1-2 GIVES US THE FORMULA FOR RECEIVING IT. "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." A life w ...

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