As believers in Jesus Christ, we are saved upon true repentance and belief in Jesus Christ. Many churches have adopted the “once saved, always saved” doctrine. The focus on being saved at a point in time and then using that to reassure ourselves of our eternal salvation has a profound affect on the conversation of Overcoming.
If one believes they are saved up front, and they only seek what I call “Fire Insurance” – the assurance they will not go to hell, then that person has no need to overcome. They are saved, and that’s all they are looking for.
Is salvation all you or I are looking for? You see, the Bible speaks of this thing called “Overcoming”. How does that fit into the equation? The answer is “it doesn’t”. Overcoming is a process. If you believe you are already saved, you may wonder “Why should I overcome anyway?”
The answer to that question couldn’t be more clear in scripture! Lets take a look at some reasons we all need to be overcomers!
14 Reasons to Overcome
Rev 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.”
Rev 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.”
Rev 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.”
Rev 2:26 “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:”
Rev 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.”
Rev 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,”
Rev 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.”
Rev 21:7 “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
From these verses packed in the book of Revelation alone, we find 14 good reasons to overcome. These reasons are listed as blessings given only to those who overcome. These blessings are:
1. Overcomers shall have the right to eat of the Tree of Life forever.
2. Overcomers shall dwell in Paradise.
3. Overcomers shall not hurt by the second death.
4. Overcomers shall gain the right to eat of the hidden manna.
5. Overcomers will have a new name known only to them and God.
6. Overcomers will be given power over the nations.
7. Overcomers shall be clothed in white raiment.
8. Overcomers will have their name in the Book of Life forever.
9. Overcomers shall be accepted of God the Father.
10. Overcomers will be established in the temple of God forever.
11. Overcomers will be branded with the name of God.
12. Overcomers will have the right to sit with Christ in His throne.
13. Overcomers shall inherit all things.
14. Overcomers will have Jesus as their God and father.
That begs the question, “what is left for those who do not overcome?” We know you really want those blessings as much as we do, but do you believe? Do you know you are able to overcome? The devil will tell you it is impossible if you let him. But, here is the good news…
You CAN Overcome!
Make no mistake. The efforts of overcoming are immense, but so is the reward! This effort must not be ours alone. It is “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts,” Zechariah 4:6 tells us.
We not only have an advocate with the Father who pleads our case, we have one who strengthens us in the battleground of temptation and gives us the victory.
John 16:32 “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.”
John 17:1-26 includes these words:
Notice Jesus is praying the blessings of the overcomer on not only His disciples, but on those of us today who believe their report. Overcoming is not impossible at all! “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” Paul encourages us in Philippians 4:13.
So, as you have read this, what areas in your life do YOU need to overcome? Is it lust? pride? apathy? Do you have an addiction? That would be a stronghold of hell in your life… and the good news is You CAN overcome it in the strength of Jesus Christ!
If you have an area you would like prayer support to overcome, let us know and we can pray for you.