Bravery, courage, valor...
How do you see yourself as a man? Are words like strong and passionate words that you would choose to describe yourself?
Do you have what it takes to be an overcomer?
God's heart is for each of us to live free.
Do you have the heart to conquer?
Or have you already been defeated and beaten?
The battle we fight is for our freedom. Much of the Bible describes God's warring activity. God's jealousy is for the heart of his people and for their freedom.
God's purpose if for the redemption and restoration of all things to wholeness. The enemy wants to stop the Kingdom by defeating us and keeping us captive.
If a man succeeds in securing his life against all risk, he will wind up in a cocoon of self-protection and wonder why he is suffocating.
The enemy appeals to the traitor's desire for self-preservation. As long as we are trying to save ourselves, his tactics will work. We will shrink back.
But the opposite is also true. When a man resolves to overcome, when his life is given over to knowing truth and freedom, then he cannot be intimidated.
Above all else, an overcomer has a vision, not only for his own freedom, but for participating in the restoration of others. This is a cause greater than self-preservation.