Tag Archives: Overcome

Verse of the Day – Proverbs 16:32

Proverbs 16:32

Proverbs 16:32

So times we all rush into things, maybe we get the outcome we need, but not in the manner we would like.  Maybe sometimes we need to stand back, to assess what is before us and let patience be our guide, the warrior will always be within us, but to truly overcome, we need that patience, to let God speak to us and guide us.

OVERCOME by ELEVATION WORSHIP
Now the darkness fades
Into new beginnings
As we lift our eyes to a hope beyond
All creation waits
With an expectation
To declare the reign of the Lord our God

We will not be moved
When the earth gives way
For the risen One has overcome
And for every fear
There’s an empty grave
For the risen One has overcome

Now the silence breaks
In the name of Jesus
As the heavens cry let the earth respond
All creation shouts
With a voice of triumph
To declare the reign of the Lord our God

We will not be moved
When the earth gives way
For the risen One has overcome
And for every fear
There’s an empty grave
For the risen One has overcome

He shall reign forever
Strongholds now surrender
For the Lord our God has overcome
Who can be against us?
Jesus our Defender
He is Lord and He has overcome
He shall reign forever
Strongholds now surrender
For the Lord our God has overcome
Who can be against us?
Jesus our Defender
He is Lord and He has overcome!..

We will not be moved
When the earth gives way
For the risen One has overcome
And for every fear
There’s an empty grave
For the risen One has overcome
We will not be moved
When the earth gives way
For the risen One has overcome
And for every fear
There’s an empty grave
For the risen One has overcome…

 

Verse of the Day – John 16:32-33

John 16:32-33

John 16:32-33

It times I have found it hard to see how I could overcome the obstacles that stood before me, yet only by trusting in the One who overcame the world, do I find the strength and will to overcome.

OVERCOME by BUILDING 429
I know you’re holding tomorrow
So I will trust you today
You may not keep us from sorrow
But I know you will never ever change

You’ve overcome the world
To rescue my soul
I don’t have to worry
‘Cuz whatever comes You’re in control
Forever I will worship You
I’m amazed by the things You’ve done
Well, I am overcome

A king so awesome and worthy
And though you knew the great cost
Your heart was moved with such mercy
A God of love you endured the cross

You’ve overcome the world
To rescue my soul
I don’t have to worry
‘Cuz whatever comes You’re in control
Forever I will worship You
I’m amazed by the things You’ve done
Well, I am overcome

By your might hands and the power you display
Though life gets hard
Still in my heart
I’ll have courage, I’ll have faith

You’ve overcome the world
To rescue my soul
I don’t have to worry, no
‘Cuz You’re in control
Forever I will worship You
I’m amazed by the things You have done
You’ve overcome the world
You’ve overcome the world
You’ve overcome the world, Ohhhhh

 

Discovering The Heart Of A Champion

The Church I attend is called Everyday Champions Church, that was the Church I walked into on the 1st April 2012, just three days after finishing my last drink.   We have a motto as such which is “There Is More In You Than You Think”.

Over the last few weeks in our Connect Groups we have been discussing what it means to be an Everyday Champion, what it is that drives us on to be the best we can be.  A couple of weeks ago in our Group, my mind was drawn back to a comment I had heard, a quotation that a famous Karate Instructor had said and when I went away to find the actual quote, I came across a story I had heard before, but now found more relevant than ever.

Back in 1957, the Japan Karate Association organised the first All Japan Karate Championships, which was probably the first Nationally organised karate competition in the world.  One student, Kanazawa Sensei was training for this competition, until just four days before he broke his right hand training.  The J.K.A. withdrew him from the competition because of the injury.

His mother had travelled to Tokyo to watch her Son compete, when she arrived he told that he was unable to compete due to the injury to his hand, but she didn’t understand why he couldn’t.  He tried to explain that he wasn’t allowed, due to the injury and she questioned him further.  She asked if he only used his right hand, didn’t he have another hand and two leg also, couldn’t he use them?

She told him to go back to the J.K.A. and ask to be allowed to compete.  The J.K.A. eventually agreed, on the provision that he had a doctor with him that would take responsibility for the injury.  So he went along to compete, hoping to win just one fight for his on looking mother.

In the competition he used his left hand to block his opponents and counter with kicks, he won his first fight, then another and another, until he made the final.  In the final he once again used his legs to score the points that saw him crowned the first All Japan Karate Champion.

Years later he travel to England to teach, he was introduced as a Champion of all Japan and students would congratulate him on becoming champion, he would usually respond  with “Thank you but please remember that I was only a karate champion for that one day, what about all the other days of the year?” Then he would say. “Karate is not just about being a champion on one day of the whole year but karate is about how hard you train in order to perfect your karate and yourself all the time, for every day, not just one”.

The story of that first karate championships is a great example of how we think.  He only saw what he didn’t have, concentrating on what he had lost, his mother looked not to what was lost, but made him look to what he had, to use that and go out and win, she changed his thinking and his mentality.

We see a parallel here with many stories and heros of the Bible, the likes of Moses, when God instructed him to lead the Isralites out of Egypt, he saw his inability to speak as a reason he couldn’t do it, but God saw the heart inside and sent Moses anyway, sending Aaron to speak for him, God saw what Moses did have, rather than what he was lacking.

In Jeremiah 1, we see the same issue, God instructs Jeremiah to go out to be a Prophet among the Nations, but Jeremiah responds with what he does have as an excuse, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”  God sent him out anyway, seeing what Jeremiah had rather than what he lacked.

Despite being a karate champion, Kanazawa Sensei saw that as only one act, just that day, he saw his training as his way to perfect his character each day, to be the best person he could be.  In karate we have what is called the Dojo Kun, five ideals we strive to be:

  • Seek perfection of character
  • Be Faithful
  • Endeavor
  • Respect others
  • Refrain from violent behaviour

Kanazawa strove to live out this code in his daily life, not just a champion for that one day, but to live as a champion everyday.

Unfortunately these days we see too many champions of sport, not just karate, who fail to live this way, though they train to win on that one day, the rest of the time they unfortunately fail as human beings, consumed by success and riches gained, rather than living the real life of a champion.

We see in David, a champion on the battle field who strove to live the life of a champion everyday.  We see when he accepted the challenge of Goliath, it was those around him that saw only what he didn’t have, they saw him as young and small, inexperience and not a warrior, they didn’t see what David had.  Even Saul didn’t see what David had, otherwise he would have taken the challenge himself.  We don’t see Saul get down on his knees and pray to God, he was the King of the Israel, yet he never saw what he had on his side, only what he didn’t.

David on the other hand knew he had God with him, he answered Saul’s doubt with “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” He knew he had God with him, he had all he needed and as we know he defeated Goliath.

We are all guilty of seeing what we lack, me included, I see everything I don’t have as a reason not to be the person God made me to be, I see all that is wrong with my life, forgetting about all that I have and what God has given me.

I may have overcome so much, but there is still much I am afraid to do, because I have fear in what I don’t have, rather than confidence in the God I have with me always, I just need to keep believing, like David, that the God that has delivered me from so much, will deliver me in all the battles I face.

What is it that you see as a reason not to face the challenges before you?

What is it that you don’t have that stops you from competing?

What is it that you believe you don’t have that stops you being a champion everyday?

For we all have God with us, in every battle, in every fight, so what is it that stops us living as a Champion?

WHOM SHALL I FEAR (GOD OF ANGEL ARMIES) by CHRIS TOMLIN
You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light

Whom shall I fear

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still

Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory

Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises

You are faithful
You are faithful

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises

You are faithful
You are faithful
You are faithful

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

Broken Arrows

Broken Arrows

The arrow’s flown
It’s hit it’s mark
Opening wounds that shouldn’t be there
Deep below the skin
A fragile soul is torn
You see in their eyes
The anger which they strung their bow
As the words become the arrows
Which collide with your soul over and over again
To your knees you slip

A tiny tear falls
As another wells
The arrows still fly
The wounds become deep
So, so deep
Then they stop
They strike no more
Suspended in the air before
Beaten back by a word
A shield from heaven

The Father has spoken
His word into your life
His word your shield
His word binds the wounds
His word wipes the tear
And lifts you to your feet

Then here you stand
Immersed deep within His word
Triumphant in His glory
Defiant against their words
An army couldn’t break you now
For you are His
And He has already won
The blood of the Son has overcome

They will run
Broken arrows all spent
Today you have victory
And tomorrow will be the same
They will try again
Once more their words their arrows
You stay within His word
Victory assured
With Him then you’ll walk
Far beyond this field of broken arrows

Born Of Our God

Born Of Our God (1 John 5:4-5)

Where is your heart?
Where is your hope?
Are you the fallen?
Are you the downtrodden?
Defeated and silent?
Lost or abandoned?
Where is your heart?
Where is your hope?

You are a child
Born of our God
He who sent His Son
To overcome all in this world
You’ve slept in darkness far too long
Let His light ignite your soul
So now believe in the one sent
And face the world and overcome

1 John 5:4-5

1 John 5:4-5

Overcome The Shadows

Overcome The Shadows (Isaiah 60:1-2)

Darkness will come
Yet the darkness will fall
Shadows may overcome you
Yet the shadows will fade

Now arise once more my Child
Let your light shine before you
And the darkness be defeated
With the glory I place upon you

(Part 6 of 7)

Isaiah 60:1-2

Isaiah 60:1-2

Verse of the Day – Isaiah 25:9

Isaiah 25:9

Isaiah 25:9

When I was lost and didn’t know where to turn, I placed my trust in Him and He rescued me and gave me a new life, I will be forever glad for His salvation.

OVERCOME by BUILDING 429
I know you’re holding tomorrow
So I will trust you today
You may not keep us from sorrow
But I know you will never ever change

You’ve overcome the world
To rescue my soul
I don’t have to worry
‘Cuz whatever comes You’re in control
Forever I will worship You
I’m amazed by the things You’ve done
Well, I am overcome

A king so awesome and worthy
And though you knew the great cost
Your heart was moved with such mercy
A God of love you endured the cross

You’ve overcome the world
To rescue my soul
I don’t have to worry
‘Cuz whatever comes You’re in control
Forever I will worship You
I’m amazed by the things You’ve done
Well, I am overcome

By your might hands and the power you display
Though life gets hard
Still in my heart
I’ll have courage, I’ll have faith

You’ve overcome the world
To rescue my soul
I don’t have to worry, no
‘Cuz You’re in control
Forever I will worship You
I’m amazed by the things You have done
You’ve overcome the world
You’ve overcome the world
You’ve overcome the world, Ohhhhh