‘To him who overcomes…’ – Part 3
Joseph also overcame. He overcame in the house of Potipha, when Potiphar’s wife tried to lure him to sleep with her. He resisted the temptation. He overcame hatred and malice against his brothers. When he revealed his identity to his brothers, listen to what he said, “But now, do not, therefore, be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life… And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of his entire house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 45:5, 7-8 NKJV). The words of Joseph are an encouragement to why we must all strive to overcome our enemies with good. Scaling through each temptation along the way prepares one for future responsibilities and higher blessings.
Joseph’s life story is a testament to an overcomer. Joseph named his first son Manasseh meaning victory over his past sorrows, “Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house” (Genesis 41:51 NKJV). Joseph’s past was a reminder of the injustices his brothers meted against him. But he overcame them all.
Joseph’s second son was also called Ephraim, meaning fruitfulness. He said, “And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52 NKJV). This, again, means he overcame all limitations.
David overcame Goliath, when he conquered and killed him at the valley of Elah. He overcame the Philistines several times in battles. Though he succumbed to adultery with Bathsheba, yet we believed that his prayers in Psalm 51 restored him.
Though Samson made mistakes that cost him his eye, he eventually overcame the Philistines. This is why he was numbered among the heroes of faith in (Hebrews 11:32). His experience teaches us how not to lust after women and toy with sin.
Daniel overcame it when he refused to eat the king’s meal. He overcame all the allurement of his position and office. He overcame all his critics who conspired against him and made sure he was thrown into the lion’s den. He overcame in the lion’s den and disproved all his critics and antagonist. The three Hebrew children overcame heroism. Their faith and resilience stand them out as exemplary.
Matthew Henry comments, “The servants of God overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, as the cause. By the word of their testimony: the powerful preaching of the gospel is mighty, through God, to pull down strongholds. By their courage and patience in sufferings: they loved not their lives so well but they could lay them down in Christ’s cause. These were the warriors and the weapons by which Christianity overthrew the power of pagan idolatry; and if Christians had continued to fight with these weapons, and such as these, their victories would have been more numerous and glorious, and the effects more lasting.” You, too, will overcome!
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