Discovering The Jewish Jesus

The Power to be an Overcomer

Before Jesus ascended back to the Father, He promised us, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). His power is at work within us and is causing our minds to be renewed and our hearts to be changed as we are being conformed into the image of Christ.

I used to be trapped in a common deception of blaming others for my mistakes, shortcomings, and frustrations. “It’s your fault!” was my response to many frustrating situations instead of accepting the blame. Always pushing the blame onto somebody else is a sure sign that the Holy Spirit needs to work within our hearts and reveals that we have a long way to go in maturing in godliness. While waiting on the Lord about this issue, I learned many things. The Holy Spirit began to show me so much that needed to be fixed in my life. Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17). I thank God that the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) lives within me. The Holy Spirit convicted me, then empowered and taught me how to overcome my anger and its source: fear. He continues to teach me and show me what I need to know.

By the power of the Holy Spirit we can overcome the enemy’s attacks. We read seven times in the chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation that we will receive an inheritance when we overcome. (Reference: Chapter 2:7, 11, 17, 26 & Chapter 3:5, 12, 21)

God promises us so much when we overcome in Messiah Jesus. In Him we are called to overcome the world and all that is in it; at the top of this list is fear.

We are engaged in heavy warfare and sometimes we are tempted to give up. Even if we fail we must get up again, brush ourselves off, and realize that the Holy Spirit will always be with us. His power will be perfected in our weakness and we will overcome as we keep clinging to and depending on Him. The Lord says that it is “not by might nor by power, but My Spirit” (Zech. 4:6). The Holy Spirit will continue to impart His strength to us. We are being transformed from strength to strength and from glory to glory. As God’s children, we will overcome! Glory be to our God!

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