FROM UNDERACHIEVERS TO OVERCOMERS

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1 JOHN 5:1-6
CBC 9/5/10 SN
Overcome - nik-ah'-o
From G3529; to subdue (literally or figuratively): - conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.
• Don’t settle:
o For 2nd best
o For substandard
o Don’t just survive
o Don’t just get by
o Keeping nose above water
• GET THE VICTORY
o Win the big prize
o Obtain the best
WHAT MUST WE OVERCOME?
1Jn 2:15 Have no love for the world or for the things which are in the world. If any man has love for the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 Because everything in the world, the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world.
• Desire of flesh = “passion”
• Desire of eyes = “possession”
• Pride of life = “position”
o Unbridled ambition
o Desire to put self first
Jesus said:
Joh 16:33 I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.
• Disciples can have “confidence”
o Confidence we will have tribulation…
o Confidence we can be overcomers b/c Jesus was an overcomer
HOW CAN WE BE OVERCOMERS?
• We “will” face opposition in this world
o Helen Keller observed that the victories wouldn’t be as sweet if their weren’t difficulties to overcome
• V4 Overcoming requires NEW BIRTH
o Described to Nicodemus
o Not one lost person living a joyful, fulfilled, victorious life
 Don’t have ingredient for victory
• V4b, 5 Overcoming requires BELIEF
o Can’t overcome by “Trying”
o You overcome by “Trusting”
Eph 2:8 Because by grace you have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is given by God:
Eph 2:9 Not by works, so that no man may take glory to himself.
Eph 2:10 For by his act we were given existence in Christ Jesus to do those good works which God before made ready for us so that we might do them.

• What are you trusting in today?
o Self effort?
o Good works?
o Jesus Christ?
• V6 Overcoming requires BLOOD
o Not just “any” blood
 But, SINLESS blood
 Only Jesus could provide that
Heb 9:22 And by the law almost all things are made clean with blood, and without blood there is no forgiveness.
• Sin demands a sacrifice
o Jesus was that sacrifice for us
HOW CAN WE LIVE LIKE OVERCOMERS?
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their witness; and loving not their lives they freely gave themselves up to death.
• We live like overcomers by the strength we receive from our relationship with the LORD.
o How much are you around Him?
How much of Him has rubbed off on U

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