Did you know that? Did you know you are the master of your psyche, your internal universe, not it’s slave? Is that a brand-new thought for you? Well, that’s okay. Go on and read awhile and let the sun rise on this brand new seed I am planting in your garden of thoughts.
I thought I would address what I mean by “be an overcomer”. First, let’s define “to overcome“. According to the New American Oxford Dictionary the definition is:
overcome |ˌōvərˈkəm|verb ( past -came; past part. -come) [ trans. ]succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty) : she worked hard to overcome her paralyzing shyness.
- defeat (an opponent); prevail : without firing a shot they overcame the guards | [ intrans. ] we shall overcome.
- (usu. be overcome) (of an emotion) overpower or overwhelm : she was obviously overcome withexcitement.
ORIGIN Old English ofercuman (see over- , come ).
The New Testament Greek word for overcome is Nikao, which means:
- to conquer
- to carry off the victory, come off victorious
- of Christ, victorious over all His foe
- of Christians, that hold fast their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecutions
- when one is arraigned or goes to law, to win the case, maintain one’s cause
“Overcomer” is not an actual word. But, if you go with it, it means to be a person that overcomes. A conqueror, a warrior, a fighter, a mountain climber. I think you get the point.
Yesterday, I talked about the idea that you can change something in your emotions and your way of thinking if you want to. Overcoming, or conquering, something requires a couple of key elements. First, you have to recognize that there is a problem to start with. Second, you have to WANT to overcome that problem. These two things go hand in hand. These two elements are linked inextricably together. If you recognize the problem, but don’t want to change, you, well, won’t change. If you want to change, but don’t recognize the problem you might as well be climbing up a mountain blindfolded.
Another crucial part of this process is to recognize that you have to be an active participant in overcoming. There is no such thing as passively overcoming a problem. You can’t “wait it out”. All the wishes in the world won’t make a problem “magically” disappear. Warriors don’t win wars by sitting on their couches and complaining about their enemy. Or by fooling themselves into believing there is no enemy. They see their enemy, they envision the battle and their role in the battle. They get to know their enemy’s ways. They train. They prepare. They get out there and fight back. That requires belief in the idea that you are an active participant in your psyche. You are the master, not the slave.
You have to fight to win.
Let me repeat that, YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO WIN!
Say this out loud to yourself, “I have to fight to win!”
Say it again, only louder.
Is it starting to sink in?
So tell me, are you ready to pick up your sword?