Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Word of My Own

I love words. 

I also love planning, setting goals, pursuing dreams.

Therefore, I read with great interest when some of my favorite bloggers selected a Word of the Year for 2011.  Ann shared her heart and her word here.  Michelle shared her word(s) here.   Joy revealed her word here.  And Karen explained her word in this post.

I really wanted my own defining word for this new year, a way to set the next 365 days apart.  So, I thought, and pondered, and tried on different words for size -- but they all seemed forced.  I didn't want it to just be my word -- but His Word for me.   So, I waited and prayed . . . and even gave up hope of having a word of my own.

Then, it happened.  On His Day, He gave me a word to cling to for this new year:

Overcome -- nikao in the Greek, meaning "to conquer, to carry off the victory, come off victorious."

This word jumped out at me when our pastor was sharing a message from Revelation on the Rewards for Those Who Overcome.  While some of these rewards were very familiar, there were some I had never noticed before!  Check them out for yourself by looking up the following verses and taking note of the rewards mentioned in each passage:

Revelation 2:7
Revelation 2:11
Revelation 2:17
Revelation 2:26
Revelation 3:5
Revelation 3:12
Revelation 3:21

As you will learn from these verses (if you have an "ear to hear"), many start out following Jesus, but it is only those who endure to the end who are truly Saved.  The others may have responded intellectually or emotionally to the Gospel -- but they did not have a heart change.  It takes a spiritual "open-heart surgery" to truly become a child of God!!

But fear splashes cold in the face -- will I be able to endure to the end?  What if persecution arises?  Will I endure all manner of suffering for His sake??

The key to overcoming is revealed in Revelation 2:11:

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death."

I am reminded of Jim Elliot who said, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

I will be memorizing and meditating on Revelation 2:11 throughout the coming year, and hopefully I will better grasp the secrets of Overcoming.

I looked up all the verses in the Bible that contained the word overcome (Strongs # 3528).  Here are some of the ones that stood out for me to consider this year:

John 16:33 -- "These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Romans 12:21 -- "Be not overcome of evil; but overcome evil with good."

1 John 4:4 -- "Ye are of God little children and have overcome them, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world."

1 John 5:4-5 -- "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God."

Revelation 21:7 -- "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."

In the weeks and months ahead, I hope to share some of the things that God enables me to Overcome this year.

What about you?  Did you choose a word to focus on this year??


Mrs. Stam said...

LOVE it! great word!

Christi said...

Our family word is LIGHT for this year.

There are so many ways to bring light into darkness!

I wrote about mine on my blog...Day 1. I pray that you enjoy your year of learning to overcome!

Heather said...

That is a great idea to have a word for your year, and what a great word you picked!(God picked for you.)I have alot of thoughts about what my next blog was going to be, but not sure how to start it, this gives me a great way to tie all my thoughts together, thank you!

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Yeah!! Your very own word, given to you by your wonderful Father!! I can tell you when He gives a word it can be life changing. I cannot tell you how much my word(s)means to me and how much I meditate on it and how it is directing every area of my life. He is so good! Doesn't 'good' seem like an understatement? LOL

Love you, sister!

Relentlessly Pursuing,


Rebecca's Refining said...

Great post!

My goal for this year is to really love God. I often "feel" as if I am living in the routine...without passion for God, or true joy in my life. I want my love for Him to be genuine, and my heart overflowing with the joy of the Lord!

May we encourage one another to be faithful, and to allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts, that we may overcome all our failings!

BTW, I am so lucky to have you as a sister! :)

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