OCTOBER 14: OVERCOMING

OVERCOMING
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spoke against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes and wept before Me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord."
2 Kings 22:19
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Overcome - To prevail against odds.
To succeed at a difficult endeavor in spite of obstacles.
Three virtues of Josiah:
Responsive, Wise, Discerning.
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Today's Read: 2 Kings 21-23; Psalm 27
 The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
A chip off the old block.
Like father, like son.
Hmmm ...
The man who gets my vote is the man who swims upstream,
Who resists the urge to move with a swift and evil current,
Who changes course in spite of obstacles presented and overwhelming odds;
Who links himself so closely to God that ...
Anything becomes possible,
And the odds are openly defied.
When God becomes the Father of a tender heart,
He does something that cannot be confined or defined by men.
In Josiah's case, He withdrew His presence from his evil father;
But granted him a special portion of Himself.
God drew near to Josiah;
And Josiah drew near to God.
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Josiah's rule came at the tender age of 8 years old and his succession as King came on the heels of his assasinated evil father.
Instead of replicating his father's vile behavior;
He charted a new course that involved the implementation of God's word and His ways.
He appointed men to cleanse the temple,
And "brought back" the foundational truths that heralded a people's new beginning.
Where there are seekers,
There are finders.
Josiah's early desire to cleanse the temple is what prompted the discovery and return to God's most precious word ...
And this is the reality of men whose hearts are soft:
God works in His mysterious ways,
Plays the role of Father,
Conforms the hearts of the tender,
And performs His perfect will.
Despite it all,
In spite of it all,
And through it all,
Overcomers are born ... because of Christ.
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Maybe your ancestrial line isn't flavored and steeped in godly behavior;
God's strength trumps it all.
Maybe the odds stacked "against" you are unfavorably great;
God's strength will prove greater in your favor.
Individuals who set their focus on the settled sufficiency of God,
 Become an invested and elite group of individuals called,
"Overcomers."
Seek God ... and begin now.