We are called to be overcomers. But to be an overcomer, you have to have something to overcome. I don’t know about you, but my life is not lacking for things to overcome. David wrote in Psalm 25:17, “The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.” Can you relate at all?
I was reminded this week of the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. As Jesus approached her house, the mourners and the wailers cried out in pain and anguish at her death. A messenger approached Jairus saying, “Don’t bother the Teacher anymore, your daughter is dead.” I absolutely love Jesus’s response to these messengers of mistruth. The Bible says, “But Jesus paid no attention to what they said.” Mark 5:36 NET. Does that line hit you the way it hits me? Jesus didn’t pay attention to the negative report, the falsehood, the complaint. I am convinced that we need to handle life the same way. Don’t pay attention to the lies of the enemy – where he tries to instill fear, negativity, criticism, anger, hopelessness, frustration, discouragement, or the desire for revenge. Instead, be an overcomer! Romans 12:2 commands us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Set your minds on things above not on the problems of this world.