Have you been fair in the labels you have given yourself or allowed others to give you? When you accepted Jesus, you became a new creation? It’s time to wake up as an overcomer for Jesus.
By Heather Djunga
The book of Revelation in the Bible can seem intimidating – visions of dragons, a beast coming from the sea – but in and amidst the turmoil of the dawn of this new epoch, the Day of the Lord, as revealed to the apostle John on the island of Patmos by the Lord Himself, there is the assurance of the one who has called Himself ‘faithful and true’ (Rev 19, from vs 11). This assurance is that those who trust in Him and accept Him as Lord and Saviour, overcome.”They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Rev 12vs 11).
They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the power of their testimony.
And so unfolds the great mystery of His Story. In this new day described in scripture, there are two kinds of people – a distinction has been made. On the one hand is the many who continue to live as per normal ‘as in the days of Noah’, as part of the world. While others have been so changed by this Jesus who has risen from the Dead, by Emmanuel, ‘God with us’, and His victory on the Cross, they want nothing more than to serve Him and bring glory to Him.
They are described as wearing white robes, clean as snow – not white by their own efforts but by the Lamb, who has dressed them in His finest linen, brought by His own blood.
They are His overcomers.
They have been sifted by satan, even as Job was in the book of Job, but they are more in love with their King than ever before because all the enemy has achieved in his many attempts to derail God’s plans in their lives has been to drive them further into Jesus’ arms and into closer communion with Him. Hence, these warriors, who share many battle stories – testimonies, if you will – consider themselves blessed because every attack that has been against them has become another testimony of God’s saving power. They know Jesus is faithful because they have stories about their journey with Him. You can’t convince them Jesus isn’t God. They have seen His glory. He is alive by His Spirit and walks with them.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
In Genesis, we meet the Sovereign Lord as the all-powerful Creator – who speaks and light enters darkness. In Revelation, He is the faithful true rider of the white horse. Forget the Sunday School view you might have had of Jesus as the blond-haired, blue-eyed man. The Jesus we serve speaks and a sword comes from His mouth. His eyes are like blazing fire. He was sacrificed as the Lamb but He’s coming back as the Lion of Judah and He has called us to be a part of His army, walking in the victory of the Cross and proclaiming His Kingdom.
Jesus sends us out equipped for His work, because we have Him living inside of us. Since all authority in Heaven and earth has been given to Him, as His children we have the authority to speak and see things changed to align with His Sovereign Will and to usher in His Kingdom.
‘They overcame the dragon by the blood of the Lamb and the power of their testimony’. Whatever the enemy has tried to deceive you with or overwhelm you with, you have overcome. It’s scripted.
This is why Jesus says to take heart. We’ve already made it. It’s there in His Book. We can step forward with confidence, knowing the ultimate outcome is in our favour as children of God. He says that in this world we might have trouble but He has overcome the world.
I don’t want to walk with my head down anymore. I don’t want to shrink back out of fear. Softness has always been a part of my nature, but I can be strong and stand because He is in me, and He is what I am not – strong where I am weak.
Maybe you have labels you have allowed the enemy to put on you; thoughts of your own inadequacy to do His work. Or you fear that you are not qualified to do what He has called you to do.
You do not overcome by you. You overcome by Him. He is in you, if you have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour.
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
The Lord has been speaking to me this week that my value is in who I am to Him, and not in what others have said of me or what I have said of myself. My ability to overcome is not in me, but was won by Him at the cross. He qualifies me to do what He has called me to do. This comes from Him and not from man and is a gift of grace – as it is for every one of His children.
I overcome the lies of the enemy by believing that He has purchased my right to be His child and when I feel disheartened, I remember all the times I have run into his presence and I have been strengthened – as an eagle, in the prophet Isaiah’s words – to continue for Him.
I overcome by His blood (the finished work of the Cross) and the power of my testimony (in considering His faithfulness to myself and other believers).
So Let’s step up, even if it means stepping up and standing firm while we are shaking in our shoes. Let’s keep our eyes focussed on him. He helped us face that lion and that bear in the past. He will also help us with this Goliath.
This is our God! The overcomer!
If Christ is for us, who can be against us!
“And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Overcomers, it’s time to arise!
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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.