Our Bible verse for today: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “You can be an overcomer.”
I have long admired and been inspired by the ministry of Dr. David Jeremiah. I first became aware of his work in the early 1990s when I was living in San Diego, CA. At that time I was retiring from the U.S. Navy and entering my second career as a pastor. David was already well-established as the Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, which was also in San Diego, and which was located directly across the street from the seminary I attended (Southern California Bible College and Seminary).
David is also a popular Christian author and conference speaker. He has now written over fifty books, he is the host of the popular radio and television show “Turning Point”, and he continues to speak at Christian conferences around the country and around the world.
Another thing about David Jeremiah that I find inspiring is the fact that he is an overcomer. Over more than fifty years in ministry David has had to deal with more than his share of professional and personal challenges (including stage four cancer – which almost killed him more than twenty years ago but which he fought through and survived).
Today David is seventy-seven years old. He still serves as the full-time Pastor of one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention (Shadow Mountain); he continues to travel the world speaking at Christian conferences; he still broadcasts his daily radio program and his weekly television program; and he continues to write books.
He was one of the speakers at a conference I attended recently and he explained his longevity (and continuing effectiveness) with the statement “I just get up each day and I do whatever the next thing is, and I do it to the best of my ability. Then tomorrow I get up and do it again.”
That’s it. He just does whatever the next thing is, he does it to the best of his ability, and then he turns his attention to whatever the next thing is after that, and he just keeps doing it. He doesn’t allow obstacles or discouragement or sickness or even failure to stop him. He just keeps getting up each day and does whatever the next thing is for him to do. David Jeremiah is an overcomer, and he has a lot to teach the rest of us about being overcomers too.
All this month we will explore the theme of being an overcomer. As one of my sources I’m going to draw on some themes and lessons David teaches about overcoming in his new book “Overcomer”. It’s a good book with some important and powerful lessons that will be helpful to us all. I look forward to sharing them with you.