Living Waters: OBSTACLES TO BEING AND OVERCOMER
Text: 2 Peter 2: 20-22 (TPT)
As overcomers, it is pertinent that we always ask ourselves if we truly have victory as this is the evidence. A popular doctrine that negates this is ‘’once you are saved, regardless of your lifestyle you are eternally saved’’ has led many to destruction. The bible admonishes that we would be saved if we endure to the end, Matthew 24:13.
1. Unforgiveness and Bitterness: Unforgiveness is nursing a grudge against someone for an offence or you’re not having the compassion to let go of an offence. Bitterness is anger or pain at unfair treatment and is also resentment or envy. Both emotions hold us captive hence the need to watch what we allow to stay in our hearts. The story of Cain and Abel shows us how far bitterness can go. So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life, Proverbs 4:23 TPT. Forgiving others and letting go of bitterness actually makes us healthier and happier. It then releases the other person to God to do what only He can in their lives in His own way. By holding on, we are taking over the role of God in their lives. This goes further to stop God from forgiving us too (Mark 11:25-26).
Further reading: Matthew 18:21-22, Hebrews 12:14, Romans 12:18, Matthew 6:12
2. Evil habits that result in Bondage and Addiction
In John 10:27, Jesus said not only do His sheep hear and know His voice, they obey His instructions. Evil habits hold us bound and take us away from the voice of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. They are destructive and carry out the agenda of the devil to kill, steal and destroy, John 10:10. Manifesting these habits is evidence of a life that has been overcome, such addictions are defeated only by the word of God, building a solid relationship with God and replacing these negative habits with positive ones.
Further reading: Psalm 1:1; 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 4:7; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 1 Peter 5:10
3. Loss of faith Through Constant Disobedience and Unbelief Disobeying
God is telling Him we do not believe in His promises and can help ourselves. Right from Egypt, the Lord kept proving His love and faithfulness to the Israelites yet they kept disobeying Him, even with the consequences. One of which was that none of them would enter the Promised Land. Six ways we disobey God are:
Partial obedience – Pharaoh’s insistence to Moses that they can go without their cattle and families, even after four plagues. This resulted in other plagues and the drowning of Pharaoh himself.
Complaints and grumbling – the ten spies came with their negative report and stirred the Israelites to grumble to the extent of wanting to go back to the slavery they had overcome.
Questioning His instructions – Balaam was tempted by gifts from Balak so he entertained the leaders Balak sent and also went back to ask God thus questioning the instructions of God. Numbers 22:7-19
Obeying angrily – Moses, in anger, struck the rock instead of speaking to it. Numbers 14:8, 11.
Outright disobedience –Pharaoh refused repeatedly to let go and eventually caused his people many losses.
Obeying at our own pace – After initially refusing to heed to Caleb and Joshua’s report, the Israelites then decided they would go up and take the land and were utterly defeated by the Amalekites and Canaanites. Numbers 14:39-45.
It is important that we realise that giving our lives to Christ is just the first step, there is no better time than now to do so if we haven’t done so yet. Remaining in His presence is what actually makes us overcomers. Being in His presence gives us the strength to be victorious over all we have discussed and that is when we can truly say we have overcome!
1) Father, give me the grace to follow You to the very end in the name of Jesus.
2) No matter what happens, Lord help me to remember that Your grace is always sufficient for me in the name of Jesus.