You want to overcome, but you feel like you just can’t get a break. You feel like all of hell just won’t stop harassing you, and if you are being honest with yourself, you feel like a victim most of the time. That’s how I felt most of my life, especially when I met today’s guest author Tom Cole.
He was one of the first people to ever show me that just maybe, I am a victor in Christ.
I’ll never forget the night I smashed my phone in a field. Tears were streaming as I let out a scream that the entire campus could hear. Moment’s later, I looked up to see the silhouette of Tom, racing through the dark field towards me. I didn’t even try to put myself together.
Tom embraced me with the most incredible Father hug I have ever felt. The Father heart of God rushed over me like never before.
“I came the moment I heard you.” He said.
That moment changed the course of my life.
I was supposed to be the staff, helping Tom and Donna minister during their weekend Pure Heart Seminar. But as they spoke, it became evident, very fast, that this seminar wasn’t just for the students but also the staff.
The more they taught about the Heart of God, the more my heart began to burn. God wanted to deal with the pain I had stuffed in my heart for a decade. The only problem was I didn’t want to deal with it.
Wanting to escape the moment, I ran out the room’s back door into the neighboring field. I made it halfway across the field before I broke, collapsing to the ground and screaming and smashing my phone on a nearby rock.
Tom and Donna stayed and ministered to me for hours. The freedom I gained, the healing I experienced, and the love of God I encountered through their ministry forever marked me.
Ten Years later, I still teach their curriculum to my students. Because of their teaching, we have seen students set free from suicide, depression, and even homosexuality. We have seen families restored, salvations occur, and physical healing in students’ bodies.
My life, and the lives of all I now minister to, will forever be linked to the international ministry of Tom and Donna Cole.
I was so blessed when Tom agreed to write a post for the Fireplace Faith Audience, because I know what they carry can dramatically shift the course of lives.
Today Tom is sharing one of his core messages, our identity as Victors in Christ. This single mindset shift from victim to Victor changed my life, and I know it can transform yours as well.
I John 5:4-5 – Everyone that has been fathered by God overcomes the corrupt world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. Who is the person conquering the world? It is the one who truly trusts that Jesus is the Son of God, that Jesus the Anointed is the One who came by water and blood—not by the water only, but by the water and the blood.
We are victorious.
That is a fact, whether we realize it or not. We are the family of God. Again, we are His children whether we recognize it or not.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
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“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
II Corinthians 2:14 – Yet I am so thankful to God, who always marches us to victory under the banner of the Anointed One; and through us He spreads the beautiful fragrance of His knowledge to every corner of the earth.
1 Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:37-39 – But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us. For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.
I John 5:4 – for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith
Tom and Donna Cole are the co-directors of Pure Heart Ministries International.