Saturday, 22 August 2009

I am an overcomer


I am an Overcomer!

I have heard this term for over a decade now since I became a follower of Christ. The term is very commonplace, that I took it for granted and thought of it as "Christianise." A nice word that we Christians liked to slip into conversations to make us sound oh so spiritual. But lately, the Holy Spirit has been placing this word into my spirit a lot. So I took note of it and thought about what God wanted me to learn about being an overcomer.

The Enemy is a liar, that's for sure and he likes nothing more to render Christians (and non-Christians alike) wounded in their spirit. He loves to make them believe that it will always be like this. And that you may as well get used to it. I should know, I've been listening to his lies for years. But my Abba Father has been whispering to me, reminding me of everything that I have overcome with His help.

I looked up a few definitions of the word overcomer and this is was my favourite:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/ defines it as this:
Overcomer
A warrior, someone who battles no matter what task is ahead, someone that not only regains strength from his weaknesses but also sees life in a way no others can. Someone that doesn't laugh at racism, someone who doesn't feel pain, someone who has been through it all, and did it with a smile on their face. The true definition of an overcomer is a warrior. (eg"The overcomer was ready for any kinda fool that stood in his way.")

Wow! I couldn't have said it better myself. The Lord spoke to me about a year ago about being a Princess Warrior (hence the name of my blog!) and I was blown away to find this definition. It is exactly what God wants me to be- An overcomer, a Warrior!

A few months ago, a woman prophesied that I was an Overcomer. It was a turning point for me. Suddenly, I had hope that I could overcome my depression, not just manage it. A few weeks later I found myself reluctantly at a women's conference where God met me and heard my cry to heal me of my depression. I heard how God is not just the Saviour of our sins (although this in itself is enough), He is also the Saviour of anything that we are battling with. I realised that I could not overcome on my own. I needed Him to save me.

I cannot pinpoint the exact moment, but I know that when I returned home from that weekend, my depression was lifted. God had saved me from my depression. Here I am 3 months later, and that black cloud that was a regular visitor has not returned. I am healed of my depression!

My family and I went to another church on Sunday morning. I was in the creche where I met a very enthusiastic woman who was super friendly. I don't know how we got onto the subject (you know how we woman are), but she began to share how she had a disease for 17 years and that God had healed her through others anointing her with oil (vegetable oil - it was all they had in the house!) and prayer, and she was completely healed. I asked her what the disease was and she said, "Hashimoto's disease." I cried and said, "I needed to hear that today. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease 6 years ago." (Don't you just love how God orchestrated that I would be there to hear that conversation????) My hope lifted and I was encouraged. I had met another Overcomer.

I am an overcomer.

I have overcome depression. I will overcome Hashimoto's Disease.

Zechariah 4:6 'You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord All-Powerful.

I am done listening to the lies of the Enemy that tell me that I will have to live with Hashimoto's Disease for the rest of my life. I am an Overcomer. One of Jesus' many names is Healer. And nothing is too hard for him.



Still taking lessons from the King,



4 comments:

  1. W - O - W! Your articles are perfect, Jo. Perfect.

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  2. Awesome Jo-Anne,
    I love to hear others stories of how Father is working in their lives. He healed me of depression this past year. Last October I ended up in the hospital because of depression. He is so good...and so faithful.
    Thank you for sharing with us...

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