The greatest upset in Rugby history happened this year.
Japan beat the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup.
Before this game, Japan had only ever won one game in the World Cup… 24 years ago against Zimbabwe. Yet, somehow, they believed that they could beat South Africa and this is what they achieved. Japan captain Michael Leitch said - "I'm not surprised. We came out here to do a job. I know the whole world is surprised but in our camp, we always knew we could do it…I always knew it was going to be a big battle...David v Goliath. We've been training for this day for the last four years. We've worked extremely hard, all the coaching staff and the players. It was just a full-on team effort. The Springboks came out and just tested us but we knew if we just kept it on we'd come away with the win."
Japan overcame the odds, took on of the giants of world rugby and were overcomers!
God has created us all to be Overcomers in our lives.
This month we want to focus on how we can overcome in all circumstances and situations.
Read: 1 John 4:4-6 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us.
Here are some keys to becoming an Overcomer:
1. UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN BORN INTO
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them;
Being an overcomer is all about knowing who you are in Christ. When you were saved and baptised, you were born again. You are now born of God.
Read: 1 John 5: 4 For everyone born of God overcomes the world
Our position now in Christ makes us overcomers. This means that you were born to overcome! Ask yourself. When was the last time you overcame in a situation? This should be a regular occurrence for us. It is the way we should live. Always having faith that something can happen to turn a situation around. That is what makes us different from the world around us, we always have this hope. And it is our relationship with Jesus that gives us the power to overcome.
Too easily we can end up in survival mode. We've all been there before, just getting through the week. But this is not what you were created for, to just survive. Jesus didn't come into the world so you could just survive. He came that you may have life.
Read: John 10: 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
He came so that you could rise up. Don't give up on things so easily. Get the dream back, get your faith back. Stop surviving and start overcoming!
2. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT JESUS IS GREATER
because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
Who is in you? Is Christ in you or is the world in you? It's easy for us to be in church but have the world and its ways in us. We grow up in the world, we live in its system and if we are not aware, it will plant its messages in us. But there will be no breakthrough for us if the world is in us. But if Christ is in us. He is greater than the he who is in the world. He is greater than anything you are facing right now. He can overcome any situation that you could come up against. When you acknowledge Him in your life He can turn things around.
Read: John 16:33 In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
There is no reason to live like you are defeated. It's time to rise up!!!
3. DON'T SPEAK AS THE WORLD DOES
They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us.
Worldly people speak the world's language. The language of cynicism, selfishness, gossip, negativity and defeat. If you are not careful you can convince yourself that you are overcome before you have even given God a chance. Whose language are you speaking? Your words will locate you. Your words will easily tell you and everyone else what spirit is in you.
Dr Yonggi Cho, leader of one of the largest churches in the world says that:
"The language of the Holy Spirit is dreams and visions"
A Christian without a dream is a Christian who has lost their identity. Get the dream back and begin to speak the language of the Holy Spirit. We are meant to be different from the world so don't worry about fitting in. We live differently, we speak differently and we run after different prizes. We are from God. He says you are an overcomer. Agree with Him in this regard. Act like it, live like it. No situation can defeat you, you will defeat it. Christ is in you. You will overcome.