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About-Him.Com Devotional 06-20-2015

Thoughts on the Promises of God:
The Promises of Jesus to Overcomers

Revelation 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  

Revelation 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

To be called an overcomer, denotes that we have had opposition in our Christian walk.  We cannot overcome the evils of this world in our own strength. Our overcoming power comes from the fact that we have experienced the new birth of the Spirit of God.  Jesus told us that we would have tribulation in this world but we can have peace, if we remain in Him.  

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

Our faith tells us that by resting in Christ and following His examples, we also can walk in victory and over come the world.  1 John 2:15 - 17  gives us the biblical definition of “The world.”  John shows us the things of our human nature that are contrary to the rule of God in our lives ,they are, the lust of the flesh,  the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life which are not of God but rather on the world.  

1 John 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

These lusts war again our spirits and no one is immune from their onslaughts. However by placing our faith in the One who has already fought and won the battle, be classed as overcomers.  

1 John 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  

John 4:1-4 warns us that many false spirits have gone out into the world. They are spirit that are vehemently opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are growing more militant and violent every day and we see the ever increasing slaughter of believers everyday. However, because we are of God, we overcome these evil spirits because we believe that Jesus is the Son of God. We demonstrate that we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, by totally committing our lives to Him. We have denounced the kingdom of the god of this world and look forward to the final victory of the kingdom of God.  

1 John 4:4 ¶ Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

n the book of Revelation, the risen Savior speaks from the throne of God and makes promises to the overcomers of the seven churches of Asia. The churches of  Smyrna and Philadelphia did not receive condemnation from the Lord, while the rest received various degrees of censure. Do we see any comparisons between our church world today and those of these seven churches of Asia? More importantly, how do we rate ourselves to what Jesus demanded of these churches?  

The church of Ephesus received some commendation from the Lord, but He rebuked them because they had left their first love. If they repented, they were promised to eat of the tree of life in the paradise of God.    

Revelation 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.  

The church of  Smyrna received approval of the Lord because they had not given in to the Synagogue of Satan.  However, they would still face further persecution. If they remained faithful until death, they would not be hurt of the second death.  

Revelation 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.  

The church of Pergamos was commended because they had not denied the name of the Lord, even in the midst of persecution. They were condemned because they tolerated fornication and the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitanes, both of which were of the devil. If they repented, they were promised to eat of the hidden manna and a white stone which contained a new name, which would be known only to the one who received it. I believe this new private name would denote a private one on One with Almighty God. Kind of like our own private line to the Almighty.  

Revelation 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.   

The church of Thyatira was commended by Jesus for their works of charity, service and faith.  However, they were condemned because they tolerated an evil prophetess who seduced fellow church members to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols.  I believe that this should speak to us today to have no association with the ways of the world. However, the overcomers were promised power over the nations. Perhaps this refers to Israel conquering the heathen nations when they entered the land of Canaan and could be applied to the role of the saints in Christ’s millennial kingdom.  

Revelation 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:  

The church of Sardis had a reputation of being alive but except for a few faithful saints who had not defiled themselves, Jesus considered them to be dead. He urged them to repent and strengthen the things that remained. He did not find their works perfect before God. The overcomers would be clothed with white raiment which signified the righteous of God.  

Revelation 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.  

The church of Philadelphia was commended by the Lord for keeping the word of His patience. Folks dispute about the precise meaning of this phrase but the church of Philadelphia had patiently held true to the word of God and the gospel message in the face of fierce persecution. Those who remained true would be named as pillars in the temple of God with His name written upon their being  along with  the name of the new Jerusalem and the new name of Christ Himself. What an honor to those who have labored for His name on earth to be inscribed with this new name in heaven.  

Revelation 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  

The church of Laodicea was lukewarm. Jesus would rather have them to be either cold or hot. These people boasted of their wealth and felt that they had need of nothing else.  Jesus considered them to be wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. They were urged to purchase from Jesus, gold tried in the fire and white raiment representing the righteousness of God, that would cover their spiritual nakedness. The overcomers would be clothed in God’s righteousness and could be assured that their names were written in the book of life.   

All of these shortcomings of the seven churches can be found in professing churches today. More importantly, they are to be found in individual professing Christians. It behooves all of us to see how we measure up to the standards that Jesus described in these passages.  

Psalms 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.  

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 

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Somebody Has Said
  “We are to vigorously and violently demolish all the fortifications of the foe, winning the battle and talking him captive for Christ. The Church is not to assume a defensive posture, but may take aggressive action to overcome evil by means of good.” - Jay E. Adams, How to Overcome Evil  

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