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by Elsabe Briers
Date:                 May 29, 2008
Message:        Press In And Be An Overcomer!

This morning, while I was communing with the Lord, I clearly heard “Obstacles are there to overcome”!  This is the time to
develop an overcomer’s mentality!  In the book of Revelation you will find 13 rewards for overcomers.

I was reminded of an athlete, running a race with hurdles in his path. You cannot afford to slack off, look behind you or try to
side-step the hurdle.  There is one option and that is to go over it.  Sometimes you will fly over it, sometimes you might kick it
over, but you have to stay focused on the finishing mark and be determined to get over those hurdles, not allowing it to break
your pace or break your focus!

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and
reaching forth unto those things which are before,”  (Php 3:13)  


We need to know our call in Christ and have our vision clear, knowing what we are aiming for.  If we know what God said
about our lives, we need to set our mind on His purposes and press in with determination to obtain the manifestation of His
Words and Promises for our lives.  To press in literally means to “pursue” or “persecute” something.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Php 3:13)  

“ Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.” (1Cor 9:24)

This pressing in is first of all a pressing into His Presence, laying aside all the burdens of worries,   doubts, fears,
hopelessness and despair (that lead to confusion and lethargy); lay aside the sin (e.g. Not trusting in Him and getting
anxious).  Now get your mind’s eyes fixed on Jesus who is our empowering and answer of our faith.  He set the perfect
example of fixing His eyes on the end result and overcoming the greatest obstacle ever, namely the Cross of Golgotha. Yes,
take up your cross, die to yourself and walk in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit’s “energeio” to reach your aim.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the
sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author
and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at
the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:1)  

It is not by the power of our own strength that we will receive our inheritance and possess our promises, but by the power of
the Lord’s arm and the Light of His countenance that favor is bestowed upon us in the secret place of worship where we are
seeking His face fervency in prayer. (Ps. 44:3)
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