Wrex Buxton - Overcomers

Matthew 5:38, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law and take away thy coat let him have thy cloak also ..."

Romans 12:21, "Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good."

Galatians 5:14, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this - Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself ..."

1 Peter 2:20, "For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if when ye do well and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God ..." 

I have a picture in my mind and it relates to this of overcoming and not being overcome. I was thinking of a fire. What do we fight fire with? We don't throw petrol on to fight it or put it out; that makes it worse. We use water. In 1 Samuel 25, we notice David had been getting some good victory in his life; been hunted by Saul, who wanted to take away his life. He spared Saul's life and escaped out of his hands. He didn't fight evil with evil. He had the understanding that Saul was the anointed of God. Now David came to Carmel where Nabal was. It seems David and his men were protecting his sheep and shepherds and David came to Nabal after a while to ask for provisions for these men. Nabal said, "Who is David and who is the son of Jesse? There be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master. Shall I then take MY bread and my water and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers and give it unto men whom I know not whence they be?" David got the message!  He said, "Gird ye on every man his sword." David felt that he had kept all Nabal's possessions in vain. "In vain have I done this." David was about to return evil for evil and make a dreadful mistake because he had an expectation of good being repaid with good. Because he was doing good, he expected it returned. At this time, David was overcome with evil and he was going to destroy, UNTIL Abigail came down and spoke a message that turned David. It is a wonderful thing that his heart was touched by her message. She put the fire out. 

There is provision for us to be overcomers, and I have appreciated that the provision cannot be overcome. The rock--we are asked to put our trust in the rock and we understand the rock is Jesus. Everything of God cannot be overcome. TRUTH is one of the things that cannot be overcome. Lies cannot change truth. The things of Jesus cannot be overcome. The LAMB cannot be overcome. The lamb is the rock and we must appreciate that. A lamb will overcome the lion. Jesus was the lamb and seems weak to the human eye. Jesus just giving himself as the lamb, but the lamb could not be overcome, and when He rose again, the lamb was victorious. This is the lamb that was provided for us. Every situation we would face the lamb could overcome because it does not bite back and kick, but gives itself. If we can surrender to the lamb, we will never be overcome. There is wonderful hope in the Gospel, but we have to surrender. I am so ashamed of times when one surrenders to the lion. It just stirs up trouble and adds petrol to the fire. The religious leaders came to Jesus as dogs, grinding the lamb into the ground, yet when he was reviled, reviled not again. Peter drew the sword, but he would not have been able to overcome with that. If in this life we are trodden under, let patience have her perfect work. We have to bear it. There is a suffering attached to it. To be overcomers, we have to be like the lamb. A LITTLE CHILD is the symbol of the Kingdom. A little child leans, doesn't push or force. If we want to overcome, we have to be lead, not push others around. As soon as we push others around, we are not as a little child. Isaiah said a little child shall lead--all those natures brought into subjection by a little child. If we are subject to that, we will be overcomers. Whatever Jesus asks of us, He is not pushing us. Just as a little child - "Come follow Me." It is so easy to resist. A person who has the spirit of a SERVANT will be an overcomer. That is the opposite to the spirit of a boss. The spirit of a boss can be overcome, but not that of a servant. Jesus said He came to serve, came to minister, not to be ministered unto--a servant. The night of the last supper, the first thing Jesus didn't do was, when everyone entered that room, He didn't immediately serve them. There are times when we are inclined to want to show someone up. Jesus didn't do that. He waited, gave all the other men the opportunity to serve and, when finally supper was ended and it was time to go out again, He washed their feet. Another thing He didn't do as Lord and Master - He didn't tell someone else to do it. We are also told not to seek vain glory. When someone else has taken our place to serve, we don't just say, "You carry on."  We should help.  It seems so weak, just to bow down and serve ... but this is the rock that can never be overcome.