Monday, September 11, 2017

Want to be an Overcomer?

Of course you do!  Who wouldn't want to be an overcomer? An overcomer is someone who is victorious over their enemies, who successfully defeats a problem, who makes it to the end of the race. An overcomer is a winner.

Overcoming, however, is not an easy task. Ask any successful person. It takes dedication, hard work, time, and perseverance.

The Bible says much about overcoming, but what are Christians supposed to overcome? I would say three major things:
  • Self
  • The world
  • The devil

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

In 1 John 4, the apostle is speaking about the spirits of antichrist when he says:
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4 

So, it appears from these verses that if we have faith in Jesus and if He lives within us, then we have overcome the world.  But is it really that simple? I don't know about you, but I don't often feel like an overcomer. Usually, I feel swamped with stresses, temptations, sins, and struggles. 

The truth of the matter is, we are still running the race, we are still in the battle. So, in reality, we haven't yet overcome anything. We are in the process of overcoming, right? But we aren't there yet. While we are still here on earth in our fallen state, we may have several small victories over sin, the world, and the devil, but we haven't yet won the final battle. We will finally be true overcomers when we get to heaven. 

Yet, as I said above, overcoming requires commitment, hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance.  That would imply that we, as Christians, can't just receive Jesus, believe in Him, and then rest on our laurels. We have to fight to keep the faith. We must be obedient to our Lord. 

 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.  And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 2 Timothy 2:3-5

In Revelation 2-3, we are given the perfect description of what an Overcomer is NOT and also what we receive if we are Overcomers.   I encourage you to study these Scriptures on your own, but for now, I'll summarize.

Church of Ephesus  

Sin: Lost their first love  a.k.a They love the world more than Jesus
Admonition: Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works
Punishment if they don't repent:  Their "church" will be removed from before the throne of God.  I'm not exactly sure what this means, but it can't be good.
Reward for Overcoming: They get to eat of the Tree of Life in the paradise of God

Church of Smyrna

Sin: None 
Admonition: Be Faithful until death
Punishment: None
Reward for Overcoming: Each get the crown of life and can't be touched by second death (hell)

Church of Pergamos

Sin: Compromising with the world, holding to false doctrines and sexual immorality
Admonition: Repent!
Punishment: Jesus will fight them with the sword of His mouth
Reward for Overcoming: Hidden manna, a white stone with a new name written on it

Church of Tyatira

Sin: Corruption, adultery, sexual immorality, allowing false prophets and satanic doctrines
Admonition: Repent and then hold fast till Jesus returns
Punishment: Cast into Great Tribulation
Reward for Overcoming: And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, Jesus grants them to rule the nations alongside Him

Church of Sardis

Sin:  Dead church
Admonition: Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die. Hold fast and repent
Punishment: 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. (They won't know the timing of the rapture)
Reward for Overcoming: Clothed in white garments and their names will not be blotted out of the Book of Life, and Jesus will confess their names before the Father

Church of Philadelphia

Sin: None
Admonition:   Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.  Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 
Punishment for not holding fast: Jesus will NOT keep them from the tribulation. In other words, they will not be raptured out of here.
Reward for Overcoming:
I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

Church of Laodicea 

Sin  Lukewarm. They think they have everything but they are naked, wretched, poor, and blind. 
Admonition:Therefore be zealous and repent.
Punishment: Jesus will vomit them out of His mouth.
Reward for Overcoming:  They will get to sit with Jesus on His throne 

Let me further simplify this.
If Jesus is not first in your life, if you follow false doctrines, if you are sexually immoral, if you are compromising with the world, if you are lukewarm or dead in your faith, you will not be an Overcomer. 

Punishments for not Overcoming: Removed from before the throne of God, Jesus will fight you Himself, Cast into the Great Tribulation, Jesus will return when you don't expect Him,  and Jesus will vomit you out of His mouth. 

I'm not trying to be cruel here or scare anyone, I'm just telling you what the Bible says. We are coming near the end of the age, and these Scriptures mean more now than ever. There are consequences for not living a life of faith. And they are dire consequences. 

In closing, what does it take to be an Overcomer?
Repent and put your faith in Jesus, Love the Lord your God with all your heart. put Him first, and obey Him and His Word to the best of your ability.  Then Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown!  Be faithful until death

 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:3



  1. This is an amazing recap of the first 7 chapters of Revelation!! Thank you so much! Amazing!

  2. After reading your post and reading in Revelations --I found myself in a little study. I had a great time. Reading Revelations 2:7,11,17. Each verse starts off with -He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches." Then -He who overcomes." I found that those who listens with all their hearts will become an -Overcomer and receives the goodness from God. They will eat the Heavenly food(Manna) and they get a white stone with a new name on it that God has bestowed upon you. And it is only known to them that receives it. After doing this little study by myself --I now have added the word -overcomer- to my other favorite word--Whosoever-- found in John 3:16 in some Bibles. Most Bibles have -- who ever--.
    But I like Whosoever-----and I am a Whosoever and I believe in Jesus and I will have Eternal Life and eat Manna and have a white stone that God will give to those who will ---overcome all things and listen to Him with all their heart and soul.
    What an Awesome God we have.

    1. Those first 3 chapters of Revelation are so important. I'm glad you dove into them. I love the Whosoever word. I think there's a Christian band with that name. Both good words: Overcomer and Whosoever. We can be neither without the help of Jesus and His Spirit! But thank God He has made a way. :-)

    2. Amen ! I have been meaning to tell you this-- you know my sister is legally blind. Well she calls the Library for the Blind and receives reading books and she was able to get your -"Surrender to Destiny Series". I believe also had some of your books in the series of -- Escape to Paradise. But not all of them. They come in the mail and they have a return label for her to mail them back. She has a certain machine that Perkins gave her. I thought you would like to know that the seeing impaired can listen to your great books.

    3. That's so neat, Elsie! I'm so glad your sister can get some of my books. I had no idea they were available in audio? or is it braile? I do have some audio books I'm happy to give her if I can. The Ransom, Charity's Cross, and The Reckoning. I think she'd have to have a Audible account, though.

  3. that is so nice of you. But no she does not have an Audible Account. She does not read Braile but has a talking book machine that takes a certain kind of a thingy that is not a disc nor a cassette but made for this talking book machine. The national Blind Library can locate certain taped books from all over the country. She just calls up and pre-order them. I try to introduce her to new authors and she gets a new order from them at least every two weeks. She orders enough so she will have them handy.
    I believe someone reads and records each book. But I thought you would be interested in knowing your books are reaching a different audience. Thank you again for the offer for my sister , but as long as she can get your books and other great authors and still has the enjoyment of hear-reading a book she is happy.

    1. Yes I am happy to hear that. Thank you! I do happen to have one copy in CD form of the audio version of She Walks in Power that I'm happy to send to her. :-)

  4. That is sweet MaryLu, but she only has this talking book thingy( I don't know what else to call it) and it just takes their disc, tapes or what ever it takes. She does not have anything that would take a CD. You are so thoughtful and I appreciate your goodness. Who knows, maybe all your books will be available for blind. She is legally blind but has some sight. We both inherited Macular Degeneration . She has the wet kind which goes really fast-- I am lucky -mine is the dry kind and is slow moving. My older brother has it also. but thank you for your thoughtfulness����