How to Make a Better You – Be an Overcomer
by Nina Sabin - Healthy Tip
We all have things in our life we could have done differently, are not proud of, and even have skeletons in our closet. The good news is we don’t have to stay with them in our lives, we can overcome those things and move forward. However, we can’t do this on our own. We need Jesus in our lives to be healed from the past and move forward to the future God meant for our lives.
God puts people in our lives to help us learn about Him and how to develop a relationship with Him. Here is my journey of how God came into my life.
Most of you may not know this about me but I am from a Jewish background. Both my mom and dad grew up in Jewish homes, following many of the Jewish traditions and holidays. My mom’s home was more reformed but my dad’s home was more orthodox.
As I grew up it was a little more confusing about religion and what I believed. The reason why is because we would honor most of the Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukah and Passover. However, we also celebrated Christmas and Easter. During that time, I was a kid and the main thing I looked forward were the presents during the holidays and it was fun to find the matzo at Passover and Eggs at Easter. I heard people talk about Jesus but didn’t really understand what that meant.
As for attending a synagogue or church, we did both during my childhood. My brother who is seven a half years older than me had a Bar mitzvah, a ritual Jewish boys go through when they become of age (turning 13). By the time I reached that age, I was attending Hebrew School for a short time and had the choice to have a Bat mitzvah or wait till I was 16 and have my sweet sixteen. I waited.
All I can remember from Hebrew School is some songs with catching tunes. Really nothing about what it meant to be Jewish.
As for going to churches, I attended those with my mother. She had Lupus and was looking for anything that would bring her a cure and heal her from her pain. We went to Catholic, Methodist, and even tried other religious like Buddhism and New Age. Nothing really healed her, though for about 10 years she was in remission and could actually work and enjoy not feeling sick.
I finally came to a point in my late teens where I felt so confused about life. My parents fought a lot which affected me, I had a great deal of emotional outbursts (of course I was a teenage girl), but I also had anger. Actually, there is one time that I was so angry I kicked a hole in the wall of my room.
I also didn’t understand what life was really about, what I was doing here on earth, and what will become of me in the future. My thought of life was more like a TV show. When you are born the series begins. Then in the morning I would wake up, the TV show was turned on and in night when I went to sleep, the TV show turned off. The series ends when you die. This was very dismal and sad to me and I knew there had to more to life.
That about the time I met my boyfriend, now my husband of almost 29 years and best friends of 32 years. He attended a Presbyterian Church and told me that if I wanted to date him, I would have to go to church with him. He previously just ended a relationship with a Jewish girl and didn’t want to go through that again without his girlfriend going to church. I had no problem with that since I attended all kinds of churches.
During my time attending his church. Something changed in my life. I had done many things that I am not proud - things that teenagers may do that later on realized there are consequences to our choices and behaviors showing that we are not invincible.
Then I heard a message at church of how God loves us so much He did the ultimate sacrifice. He died on the cross for our sins. He lived a sinless life, yet sacrificed His Son (Himself) for us so we could have an abundant life with Him here on earth and eternal life with Him in Heaven. Before that time in the Bible people had burnt offerings to sacrifice through cleansing of the blood. But the final blood and sacrifice was shed by His Holy Son.
Recently I watched a movie called Overcomer; hence, the title of this blog. It is an amazing movie to really understand how much God loves us, how he is trying to draw near to us, bring us home to Him, Our Creator, and no longer have to suffer this life on our own.
No matter what you may think you have done in this life that may be holding you back from allowing God into your life… God already knows about those things, still loves you, always will love you, and most all forgives you. That was done through the sacrifice of Jesus.
There is nothing you can’t overcome in your life. There is nothing you have done that God hasn’t already forgiven you for. The most important thing now is for you to allow Him into your life so you can be that Overcomer and move forward.
If you have not seen the movie Overcomer, go see it right now. It will help you to understand what it means to have a relationship with God, how much He loves and forgives us.
The young girl in the story has a lot of hurt and bitterness. She then learns through reading the Bible about God, His love, His forgiveness and so much more. The principal of the school had her read Ephesians 1 – Ephesians 2 and list all the things we are to God. She lists them down.
Even now with me having a personal relationship with God for almost 32 years, I felt rehearing these things helps me grow in the Lord. The more you are in the Bible, spending time with the Lord, the more you grow in your relationship with Him and the Holy Spirit. You will be amazed how your life will change and you will feel all His blessings for you.
So what are you waiting for? To Make a Better You Become and Overcomer. Listen to these words and believe You are an Overcomer.
If you would like to learn more about being an overcomer, getting your life where you would like it to be, letting go of the past and to move forward with understanding your personal relationship with God, I am available to chat with you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org directly on our contact page. I will respond within a 24 hours.