As the saying goes:
“We don’t just ‘receive’ overcoming life, we find life as we overcome.”
So then, living an “overcoming life”comes as we face the challenges of life by faith in the God who has already overcome the world. As we embrace our own brokenness and the challenges that life will inevitably bring, we find that we live life differently. Trials and challenges that come are not to be viewed as annoyances that we just get through as soon as possible to we can “get back to normal.”
If we approach life this way, we may well miss what we are intended to receive, and the ability to grow through the challenges, and not just be a victim of circumstance. Brennan manning says it this way:
“The lives of those fully engaged in the human struggle will be riddled with bullet holes. Whatever happened in the life of Jesus is in some way going to happen to us. Wounds are necessary. The soul has to be wounded as well as the body. To think that the natural and proper state is to be without wounds is an illusion. Those who wear bulletproof vests protecting themselves from failure, shipwreck and heartbreak will never know what love is. The unwounded life bears no resemblance to Jesus.”
Struggling, fighting through challenges, persevering, embracing difficulties will all forge a faithful, strong heart that trusts and believes in adversity, experiences God in the midst of it all, and you find that you don’t merely “get through” challenges; you grow and overcome, producing new, regenerated life. This is how we are designed.
Oswald Chambers says it this way:
“God does not give us overcoming life— He gives us life as we overcome.” The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength. Are you asking God to give you life, liberty, and joy? He cannot, unless you are willing to accept the strain. And once you face the strain, you will immediately get the strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the first step. Then God will give you nourishment— “To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life…” (Revelation 2:7).
If you completely give of yourself physically, you become exhausted. But when you give of yourself spiritually, you get more strength. God never gives us strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the moment. Our temptation is to face adversities from the standpoint of our own common sense. But it’s possible to “be of good cheer” even when seemingly defeated by adversities, because victory is absurdly impossible to everyone, except God.”
BH/ Oswald Chambers, Brennan Manning