5.19.2020 Be An Overcomer
May 19, 2020 Word for the Warrior Be An Overcomer
Here’s an anointed song for us: https://youtu.be/Rf8Zzn4nOzc The Resurrected King Elevation Worship
Have you felt you needed to overcome certain attitudes, habits, even sins? Maybe Holy Spirit has been convicting you of addressing certain issues in your life that doesn’t line up with God’s will & way? Some examples can be: the tendency to be critical, judgmental or faultfinding? Maybe its recurring jealousy, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness? Maybe it is addictions—which can be to shopping, drinking, smoking, complaining, grumbling? The list is endless.
Well this can be a daunting task—and we don’t always know what to do! The following scripture caught my eye this morning: Jesus was addressing the church in Sardis—saying, “You once were alive—now you are dead-spiritually. That grieves the Holy Spirit tremendously.
Revelation 3: 1-6 “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Then we read how to accomplish it in Revelation 12:11 "And They overcame him (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
So what else does the Bible say about being an overcomer?
The term overcomer is especially prominent in the book of Revelation, where Jesus encourages His people to remain steadfast through trials (Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 21:7). First John 5:4–5 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” Overcomers are followers of Christ who successfully resist the power and temptation of the world’s system. An overcomer is not sinless, but holds fast to faith in Christ until the end. He does not turn away when times get difficult or become an apostate. Overcoming requires complete dependence upon God for direction, purpose, fulfillment, and strength to follow His plan for our lives (Proverbs 3:5–6; 2 Cor.12:9). The Greek word most often translated “overcomer” which means “to carry off the victory. The verb implies a battle.” The Bible teaches Christians to recognize that the world is a battleground, not a playground. God does not leave us defenseless. Ephesians 6:11–17 describes the armor of the Lord available to all believers. Scattered throughout this narrative is the admonition to “stand firm.” Sometimes all it takes to overcome temptation is to stand firm and refuse be dragged into it. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” An overcomer is one who resists sin no matter what lures Satan uses. The apostle Paul wrote eloquently of overcoming in Romans 8:35–39. He summarizes the power believers have through the Holy Spirit to overcome any attacks of the enemy. “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Overcoming is often equated with enduring. Jesus encouraged those who followed Him to “endure to the end” (Matthew 24:13). A true disciple of Christ is one who endures through trials by the power of the Holy Spirit. An overcomer clings to Christ, no matter how high the cost of discipleship. Hebrews 3:14 says, “We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.” In the book of Revelation, Jesus promised great reward to those who overcome. Overcomers are promised that they will eat from the Tree of Life (2:7), be unharmed by the second death (2:11), eat from hidden manna and be given a new name (2:17), have authority over the nations (2:26), be clothed in white garments (3:5), be made a permanent pillar in the house of God (3:12), and sit with Jesus on His throne (3:21). Jesus warned that holding fast to Him would not be easy, but it would be well worth it. In Mark 13:13 He says, “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” We have the guarantee of Jesus that if we are His, we will be able to endure to the end and His rewards will make it all worthwhile.
Oh, Holy Spirit, forgive us for sinning against you, others, and even ourselves. We repent of these sins of the flesh—some of which we have succumbed to for many years. We need your help! So, we cling to Jesus & His finished work at the cross—we start there. Then we confess our sins, repent of them, & ask for forgiveness—we know you are merciful & do forgive our sins. We then forgive ourselves. But we know we must be clothed with Christ each day or the enemy—the world, our own flesh, & the devil—can & will tempt us to do them again. Your word says, “Resist the enemy & he will flee.” Submit to God & you will gain the victory!
Help us, Holy Spirit. We humbly look to you today & ask in prayer, believing that if we ask for bread you won’t give us a stone!” We ask for the power to overcome today, in Jesus’ Name, Amen