When a lot of you read the title of this post, perhaps you thought of the word “overcome” as an exhortation to perform in such as a way as to achieve victory. Work harder, pray enough, trust more, etc. Well, that is the furthest from my mind as I write this. It wearies me to even think in those terms, though I was a prisoner of depending on my own efforts for many years and still fall into that trap if not reminded, yes even  overcome, by the gospel.

My good friend Dudley Hall compares a legalistic emphasis on performance to what he calls the “do-to-be” tree.  If we will (do this) then God will…  When Adam and Eve sinned, into mankind entered the staggering weight of self-sufficiency. As another preacher friend, Adrian Varlack., puts it: “Before the fall, man had no self preservation instinct.” Indeed, because of the Presence of a loving Heavenly Father Who provided everything that man needed, self-sufficiency wasn’t even thought about. Thanks be to God for the beauty of the gospel! God in His love is the Initiator, and He even gives us the power to respond to Him and to the good news appropriately. Jesus has overcome and when I think about His love, His grace and power and acceptance revealed to me through the Cross, the resurrection and His sometimes tangible Presence in my life… I am overcome!

Last week Rita and I were in Grand Rapids, MI, ministering and sharing songs and laughs with dear friends John and Donna Chisum. I had some time at the piano and was inspired, and overcome, by the Presence of the Lord as He gave me this song. It’s quickly become very dear to my heart and I hope it will encourage you in the Love of God as well. It’s called “Overcome.” (click the link for a youtube video of an unplugged version of the song.)

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“OVERCOME”

Gentle Jesus meek and mild
Heaven’s Lion fierce and wild
Watching for this wand’ring child
To welcome me back home
So strong and yet so tenderly
You run again to rescue me
When You reveal Your heart for me
I am overcome

Overwhelmed and overflowing
Overcome by the knowing
That God the Savior is my friend
I am overcome

When youth has long forsaken me
I hope that those who look still see
Your light within my eyes
Where does this kind of love come from?
I was an orphan now I’m a son
When I remember all You’ve done
I am overcome

Overwhelmed and overflowing
Overcome by the knowing
That God the savior is my friend
I am overcome

“Overcome” Words and Music by David Baroni/2014  Kingdomsongs Inc./BMI/CCLI