I am an Overcomer. For two years in college, I was trapped in a toxic relationship with an abusive, manipulative boyfriend, and he definitely left a mark on me. I won’t get into the nitty gritty, but it was a very dark time in my life. I was completely broken when I finally ended the relationship. But God picked up the pieces of my broken self and told me, “You are mine. You are the daughter of the Living God and you are whole and valuable.”
My Father told me that I am not a victim, but an Overcomer. That lousy college boy took a lot from me and sometimes I am still angry with him, sometimes it still hurts. But I refuse to let him ruin my identity and my future. He wounded me deeply, but he has no power over me anymore.
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
Are there areas of your life that make you feel down-trodden or hopeless?
Do you feel like you can’t win?
Try something crazy: stop trying. God has already won the victory for you (John 16:32-33). Rest in and embrace the truth that God is greater than all the troubles and sorrows of your life—yes, the doubts, depression, anxiety, addiction, sickness, loss, tragedy, abuse and trauma, anything that is torturing your heart. The Enemy tries to use all of these to break you and to take you captive, but God will use them to make you mighty.
Because through Him, you are able overcome it all (Revelation 12:10-11).
We all encounter people and circumstances in our lives that mean to hurt us—tear us down, make us feel worthless, make us doubt God. We experience a wide spectrum of pain and adversity. But because we belong to God, we have the capacity to bear all things. He has made us so strong.
Strong enough to face the world and its demons and say, “No. I am God’s, and I am an Overcomer.”
I am an overcomer because He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4, Driving Reflections—Empowerment/Faith)
***If you are suffering from abuse and/or domestic violence, get out and get help. This post is not in any way suggesting that Christians should submit to or endure abuse. We are saying that abuse does not have to define you because God is greater and He is in you.