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Are you an overcomer?
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:44:40 am »
Revelation 17:14 and Revelations 21:7 tell us about Christ who was an overcomer.  (Revelations 5:5; Revelations 6:2)  He overcame sin, pain, rejection, death, He was more than an overcomer.  Because Christ overcame the world, He has become our example of how to overcome and with that example, He gives us a promise that we too can overcome the world.  The promise given is one that is designed to give us peace when we face struggles of all kinds.  (John 16:33)   So what does overcoming the world look like?  It looks like pure joy when the world says there should be no joy. (James 1:2-8; John 14:27)  I remember the first time I laughed after our sonís death.  It felt foreign and like a betrayal of the depths of our grief and yet it was God given and healing and showed a hope and peace that the world cannot know or understand.  This peace that we are given with the promise of being overcomers is not of the world which is why we are able to overcome what the world cannot.  (John 14:27)  The world cannot understand the overcoming that Christ brought to the world.  An overcoming that is marked by prayer, praise, joy, and obedience without force. (Acts 16:16-40; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)  Likewise, this overcoming is with righteousness not evil as the world loves. (Romans 12:21)
   It is an overcoming that comes through the blood of Christ, the testimony of His work in our lives, and a Love for God and the things of God that is greater than our desire for this world.  (Revelation 12:11)  In order to overcome the evil one, the enemy, the devil, we need to be strong, and we need the word of the Lord internalized, so that it is alive and active in our lives. (I John 2:13-14)  We get our strength from the Living God when we are in ourselves weak.  (II Corinthians 12:9; Ephesians 3:16; Philippians 4:13) We need Godís strength to become overcomers because He is greater than all others. (I John 4:4) Abiding or dwelling in the word of God is about being His and He being ours.  Itís about yielding to His commands and being obedient to Him.  Abiding in the word of God is about knowing it and studying it and living it. (John 8:31-32; John 14:21; John 17:8; John 1:14; Hebrews 4:12; Romans 10:17; II John 1:6; I John 2:27; II Timothy 3:16; Ephesians 6:17; John 15:10)
   It is those who are born of God, those who are saved through faith that are promised to be overcomers, those who believe Jesus is the Son of God. (I John 5:4-5)  To those that overcome in the power of the Living God, are given the fruit of the tree of life. (Revelations 2:7)  They shall not be hurt by the second death (Revelation 2:11) they will be given the hidden manna and a white stone with a new name written on it. (Revelations 2:17)  The overcomer to the end will be given power over the nations.  (Revelations 2:26)  To those who overcome is promised clothes of white raiment which is that of righteousness, and their name in the book of life.  (Revelations 3:5) Christ will give the overcomer a pillar in the temple of God and the name of Godís city on him, an ownership. (Revelations 3:12) The overcomer will also be given a seat with Christ on His throne.  (Revelations 3:21)

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