The Bible tells us that we must be overcomers in order to be in God's Kingdom (Revelation 2:7 Revelation 2:7He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the middle of the paradise of God.
American King James Version×; Revelation 2:11 Revelation 2:11He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.
American King James Version×; Revelation 2:17 Revelation 2:17He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; To him that overcomes 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 knows saving he that receives it.
American King James Version×; Revelation 2:26 Revelation 2:26And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
American King James Version×). To overcome something means to stop sinning and start living in obedience to God's commands. For example, if someone overcomes drunkenness, it means he or she doesn't get drunk any more. This is God's expectation of us.
Yet God also knows that because we are human, we occasionally slip up. We may even make some of the same mistakes over again, especially when fighting an ingrained habit. Yet God is faithful to forgive us if we are sincere and we ask Him for forgiveness. In 1 John 1:9 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
American King James Version×it says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Here it is vital that we have pure, sincere hearts. We must truly desire to live according to God's instructions. To help us become overcomers, God offers us His Holy Spirit when we repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
American King James Version×). If you would like to know more about what it means to sincerely serve God, read our free booklet, Transforming Your Life: The Process of Conversion.