God tells us through John in his vision in Revelation, that “the overcomer shall inherit all things” (Rev. 21:7)
How do we overcome and what shall we overcome?
The answer depends upon what the challenges are in anyone’s life! If we don’t cave under the pressure of the challenge, we can overcome it.
If obesity is a challenge and our health begins to take a dive, we can overcome our infatuation with food by changing how we think about food. Food should fuel us, not fill us. If we take this attitude, we can overcome the challenge of being overweight. If we exercise our bodies and our minds, we will see change in our eating habits. What will we inherit? Healthier bodies and lifestyles that will allow us to have long life–without undue suffering.
If sexual sin is a challenge and we are constantly in fear of dying with disease-ridden bodies, or devalued self-worth, we can rise to the challenge by changing how we view our bodies, our spirits, and our needs. It’s called–self-control–especially when we are not married. If we change what we expose ourselves to that leads to an unhealthy attitude towards sex, we’ll change what we do. Change the television channel (and the movies), change what we read, change how we think of the act of sex (it should not be about physical relief), and learn to love self. Most people get involved with “unhealthy sexual escapades” because of a lack of self-love. We have to learn to love self. When we love self, we only want the best for ourselves and those we say, we love. What do we inherit when we overcome this challenge? A greater appreciation of an act that should be reserved and exercised for those who are in committed relationships (marriage)–not one-night or one-event stands.
If any type of addiction–food, drugs, sex, theft, lying, gambling, abusive behavior of all kinds–is a challenge that needs to be overcome, change your habits, the environment, the people in your close circles, the places you go, the amount of money you keep on you, the way you see yourself as a person of integrity and a better understanding of how others see you. Prayer and explicit action changes things. You can overcome them all. What do we inherit when we overcome these challenges? A rise in self-esteem and self-worth, new friendships that encourage a steady path of overcoming, and a new respect of self and from others.
We can do all things through Christ who loves us–if we want to do all things well. Be an overcomer and inherit all good things as promised in God’s Word! Hallelujah for receiving the inheritance–all good gifts!