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BE AN OVERCOMER
Revelation 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.”
Have you ever wondered or ask yourselves “What are we to overcome?” That is a normal question to ask….but it is not so much what we are to overcome, but HOW we are to overcome. In Matthew 4: Jesus is tempted of the Devil, He overcame the personal temptations of Satan by the word, and by the word only. In each of these major trials we find they are exactly like the temptations of the Garden of Eden, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Jesus overcame each one by the word.
Eve fell to the personal temptation of Satan by failing to use the word. Adam fell in direct disobedience to the word, but Jesus overcame by the word. Jesus was tempted as we are, yet he gained the victory, and overcame by the word to help them that are tempted (Hebrew 2: 18). Jesus defeated Satan by means open to all of his humblest followers, the intelligent use of the word of God, (II Timothy 2:15).
As the tempter was revealed, Jesus rebukes him, “Get the hence,” “begone.” Thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. These words forbid every kind of religious adoration to any other object of any kind other than Jesus, whether it be idols, Icons of one kind or another, false gods, Popes, the virgin Mary, saints or angels.
The three temptations had been met. Three times the tempter had been battled, three times the victory had been won. Satan tempted Jesus through the door of the appetite, when He was weak and hungry. The lust of the flesh. Through “the lust of the eye,” and the third. “the pride of life.” All these things Satan offered Jesus if only he would fall down and worship him. But they all had been met by the shield of faith, and the tempter beaten back by the word of God. Jesus said, “he that overcomes” Jesus overcame, therefore we can also overcome. Jesus beat him back by the word, showing us how to become an overcomer, leaving us an example. Hebrew 5:7 “Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayer and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death and was heard in that He feared. Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all then that obey Him.” What was He obedient to? The word of God.
In this age of plenty and opportunity, when everyone has so much and there is so much more to be had, with all the inventions to do our work and so many things to give us pleasure, suddenly, we find mental illness taking such a toll as to alarm the nation. People should be happy, nut most are not, millions are taking sedatives at night, pep pills in the morning, rushing to doctors, entering institutions and trying to drown out unknown fears by alcohol, only to find the next morning what ever they are trying to get away from is still right there.
This age boast of its spiritual attainments, but they are less sure of themselves than ever. They boast of their moral values and it is more corrupt than any age since the flood. We have come from the horse and buggy age to the space age, and we are proud and boastful about it; but inside is a dark void cavern that is crying out, and the only way to fill that cavern is through Jesus Christ. We must feed the soul with His word.
People are filled with pride, they boast of what they have. But what they have will not stand the test of time. They are building upon quicksand, rather than the rock of the salvation of God’s word. People today are twitching the word of God and hacking it to pieces to suite their own hearts desire, but the will of God will be done regardless, for it is by His word we overcome.