Friday, December 09, 2016
Overcomers Impress God
REVELATION 21:7 NKJ 7 "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
You face problems. Sometimes you struggle and wonder why God doesn't "just do something."
God is giving you an opportunity to impress Him!
God is your audience -- rooting for you. He is thrilled when you overcome. Just like an earthly parent is thrilled when their child excels.
God still LOVES you even if you fail. You just miss the opportunity to thrill Him by not overcoming. (But what could be a more worthy goal than to thrill God?)
"OK, I would like to impress God. How do I 'overcome'?"
1 JOHN 5:4-5 NKJ 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Overcoming is clearly something achieved by believing -- not by other means.
Further light on this comes in Revelation 12:11.
REVELATION 12:11 NKJ 11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Because of the redemption obtained by the sacrificial death of our Lord, and our agreement with it, expressed through words of faith, we overcome. In short: expressing our faith in Jesus and what He did.
Another key is mentioned: commitment -- even to death. We must be resolute and determined, no matter what the cost, to fully and finally overcome.
Eight times in Revelation great promises are made to those who overcome. (Rev. 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:26, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21, 21:7.)
Our Lord's intention in giving these promises was certainly not to make us feel guilty, or inadequate, but to spur us on to victory.
God is cheering you on to victory! He believes you can overcome (with His help)!
SAY THIS: God made me an overcomer, so I will overcome!
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