To Him Who Overcomes 12-14-18

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The Kingdom Series – ‘To Him Who Overcomes’

(A Word for the American Church)

 

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Rev 3:21).

 

     They really think it’s over and they’ve won. Leftist, Socialists Democrats, the Republican establishment, corrupt politicians, the deep state, the liberal media and more importantly every demon from hell currently residing on the earth believes they finally have their prize, America, and the souls living in America. Well maybe, and then again maybe not. As one famous sports analysts often says, ‘not so fast’! Because the final vote tally is not yet in and this one cannot be rigged, changed or stolen. It’s a choice only the church can make. 

 

     I know it appears as if the battle is centered on President Trump, who like every man I know, is far from perfect but who is ruffling their feathers driving them crazy. However the stakes are much higher!  

 

     The wisest man who ever lived under the inspiration of the Spirit of God wrote, “those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them” (Pro 28:4). Contending with those who forsake the law, the wicked, is not a vice but can simply reflect the heart of someone who loves the law and could ultimately be crowned as an overcomer.

 

     The word translated contend is the Hebrew word garah which means to grate, (cause irritation) or to anger. The King James Bible further translates the word as meaning to meddle with, stir up, and to strive with. This describes the president’s relationship with all those who have forsaken the laws (the constitution) of our nation. It also should relate to the church and those who have rejected the law (the word) of God. “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life” (II Cor 2:15-16). But make no mistake, the goal of these law breakers is America and American’s, and eventually the church of Jesus Christ. 

 

     It would not be wise to forget that first and foremost this is a spiritual battle that’s currently raging against our nation, millennials, families, truth, the unborn, decency and morality, our constitution, etc. Therefore it is a battle where the church will decide who wins.

 

     Those listed earlier, biblically speaking, are among those described in the bible as “the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil 3:18). As Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:2 they are, “the sons of disobedience” in whom “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in”, and are akin to those Jesus referred to when He said, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie he speaks from his own sources, because he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). These are without question those the bible says are in opposition that we are to teach and in humility correct that, “God perhaps would grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (II Tim 2:25-26).  

 

     We can be sure that every genuine believer and follower of Jesus today is in hell’s sites. It’s interesting that immediately after exposing by name the corrupt demonically inspired Jannes and Jambres, who resisted Moses (God’s chosen leader) as well as the truth, Paul reminds young Timothy, “yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (II Tim 2:12). If as believers we are not suffering some degree of persecution it’s because we are not living to a large degree godly lives. Paul could not make this any plainer. 

 

     We must understand we are not talking about the lukewarm church or Christian, if indeed there is such a thing, who will soon be spit (vomited) out of the mouth of the Lord Jesus as graphically described in Revelation 3:16. While the world needs to continually hear about John 3:16 the church needs to often be reminded of Revelation 3:16. In addition, we need to also be aware of Revelation 12:12 which says:

 

“Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Rev 12:12)

 

     While Satan who knows his time is short and whose wrath (rage, indignation, fierceness, and passion) is great has stepped up his assault, likewise the church must step up theirs against wickedness and spiritual darkness that has captured multitudes of people. John defines how this is mostly done in the verse that precedes Rev. 12:12.

 

“And they overcame through the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not loves their lives to the death” (Rev 12:11).

 

     I remember years ago someone I greatly respected teaching and I believe prophetically preaching how the church has learned to overcome through the blood of the Lamb (salvation). It’s learned somewhat how to overcome through the word of their testimony (the word of faith, standing on the truth, etc.) But now the church, especially in America, will learn what it means to overcome because we did not love our lives to the death.

 
The word translated overcame that is used in Rev 12:11 does not mean to ‘hang in there’, ‘merely survive’, ‘to just get along with everyone’ or ‘to somehow get through it’, but rather it means to subdue or as further defined to conquer, prevail and get the victory. The early church understood that some whose faith remained strong, even in the face of enormous hardship, never saw the victories they believed for in this life. Some were reserved for the life to come and would last throughout eternity.
 

“Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they may obtain a better resurrection” (Heb 11:35).

 

     Whether we are resisted, talked about, cheated after rightfully winning an election, unjustly sent to prison for a crime we never committed, hated, persecuted or even put to death, we are chosen to one day be crowned as victors in this life, if we continue in the faith and the grace we have been given for this hour.

 

     We are among those called to believe, stand upon and proclaim the truth as a part of the word of our testimony whether loved by the masses of people in this life or not. This is not hard to do when we are persuaded that we are loved by the One whose love truly never fails! 

 

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height not depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:37-39).

 

     Regardless of what tomorrow may bring, a remnant will emerge that will wear the title as one who has overcome. Be greatly encouraged. This is what He has been preparing you for! 

 

David White