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Do Not Be Overcome, Be an Overcomer! (2 of 2)
Terry J. Hallock
Romans 12:1-2, 9-21
Last Sunday Romans 12:21 exhorted us, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." God never asks us to reach for that which isn't possible through His grace. So when His Word challenges us to not be overcome by the evil but to be an overcomer, it is possible. The proof is found on Calvary's old rugged cross where perfect goodness faced perfect evil. Evil took its best shot and lost.
Romans 12:1-2 then showed us how to receive that evil overcoming goodness. "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 sacrificed to God through faith in Jesus gives us the mind of Christ. His mind produces His pattern of living that returns a harvest of His overcoming power in our lives.
Today Romans 12:9-20 WILL TEACH US SIX WAYS TO LIVE LIKE AN OVERCOMER. Each of these steps will take the latent overcoming power of Jesus within us and activate it. By committing ourselves to this Christ-like pattern of living we will build both a defensive barrier within us that evil cannot penetrate and an offensive force around in which evil cannot survive.
1. LOVE LIKE JESUS. The Word has taught us that the perfect goodness of Jesus overcame the perfect evil of the devil at Calvary and it has promised we can do the same. Who is Jesus? What was it about Him that enabled Him to overcome evil and its greatest weapon of death? And what must we have that Jesus had so that we can be overcomers? Briefly put, the answer is love. The very first statement in Paul's description of Jesus' pattern for overcoming living is this: "Love must be sincere" [Romans 12:9a] ...
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