As you may recall in the Book of Revelation, the Lord Jesus gave the Apostle John seven letters to be sent to the seven churches found in Asia Minor. You may not have considered this before, but when the Apostle John received these seven letters, which are recorded in the second and third chapters of the Book of Revelation, he did not send each letter to the saints in each individual church. He actually sent the entire Book of Revelation to the seven churches. How do we know this? You can know this by reading his opening salutation at the beginning of the book. He wrote:
“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:” Revelation 1:4 NKJV.
As you can clearly see, the entire book is addressed to the seven churches!
Furthermore, if that is not convincing enough, in each of the letters, he made this kind of statement from the Lord Jesus Christ:
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:7 NKJV.
Again, you can see that the Lord Jesus wanted all the churches to read what He had to say to each individual church. And, of course, He also wanted all the churches down through history to know what He had to say to these seven churches. We can all learn from these letters. Don’t you agree?
Now I want you to notice that the Lord Jesus said something else to all of the saints in these churches. He concluded each letter by saying, “To him who overcomes,” or, “He who overcomes.” Read through the seven letters, and you will see that this is true. Jesus made this same statement in every letter. It is clear that He wanted them all to be OVERCOMERS! And He wants you to be an overcomer, too, just like them.
The Apostle John, who wrote the Book of Revelation, also had this to say, in one of his other letters:
“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 NKJV.
When you were born again, the Holy Spirit set you apart from the world and placed you in Christ. By doing this, He made you holy. Now it is your responsibility to keep yourself set apart from the world – to overcome the world every day of your life! How do you do this? You do it by faith! In other words, in order to be an overcomer, you have to believe that you HAVE overcome the world. As you know, you may be in this world, but you are not of this world. You were of this world, before you were saved, but now you are of God.
With this in mind, here is another familiar verse:
“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.” 1 John 4:4 NKJV.
Yes, you are an overcomer, dear saint, because the Greater One lives on the inside of you!
You must always keep in mind that your conflict is not with the people of the world, but with the spirit of this world, who is the devil. The Greater One in you is greater than the devil or any evil spirit he may send your way. Always keep in mind that the Greater One lives in you. He is greater than any obstacle that you may face. He is greater than any mountain, or any valley, you may encounter. He is the Greater One!
Now Jesus had some very comforting words to say to His disciples before He left them. He said:
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (see John 16:33 NKJV).
In other words, Jesus overcame the world, so that you might have the victory over the world.
Isn’t that amazing? You are an overcomer, because of what the Lord Jesus did for you on the cross. Now you can rise up above the things of the world, and walk in victory every day of your life. The enemy may try to send tribulation your way, but the Lord has overcome the world and given you the victory. Isn’t that good to know?
Finally, let me close by sharing with you one more verse of Scripture. The Apostle Paul wrote these powerful words:
“Yet in all these things we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 NKJV (emphasis mine).
You may be interested to know that the phrase “more than conquerors” can be translated, “super overcomers.” Yes, this means you are a super overcomer through Christ who loved you and gave Himself for you. He did this, so that in every circumstance, and in every situation you face, you can rise above it in victory.
In conclusion, God wants you to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil, through all the circumstances of life, and God has assured you that you have the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. You are an overcomer, dear saint!
Next week we will look at: Cast Your Burdens On The Lord.
This is Day Sixteen of a 31 day devotional on The Life of the Saint.