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We Are Called to Overcome

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Overcoming is an essential step in the life of every true believer. But how do we go about it? There is both an art and a science to overcoming. Let us discuss three helpful steps that can aid us in this process.

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A partial set of notes and Scriptures used:

(Jas 1:12)  Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Perseveres under TRIAL... NIV

U and I cannot fix the world. THERE is nothing we can do. We can do our best ... yet can't fix the world.
Can only fix ourselves via HS work in us.
We are really NOT fixing ourselves, but on the contrary, HE is fixing us...
Roaring Lion; Heart deceitful above all things.
This should explain why the world is on the way it is...

(Galatians 6:7 Galatians 6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
American King James Version×
)  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Behavior must MATCH the teaching and principles...
We are NOT immune to the consequences... Cause and Effect always at work.

(Mark 10:29 Mark 10:29And Jesus answered and said, Truly I say to you, There is no man that has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
American King James Version×
)  So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's,
(Mark 10:30 Mark 10:30But he shall receive an hundred times now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
American King James Version×
)  who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.

When we are faithful and change... we are blessed.
He Instructs us on HOW to overcome and persevere under trial so we can be blessed.

(Revelation 12:11 Revelation 12:11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.
American King James Version×
)  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Today we will discuss these 3 elements from Revelation 12:11 Revelation 12:11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.
American King James Version×

1 - Have you made a written list of things you NEED to overcome?
2 - Have you asked someone to verify this list?
3 - Have you caused someone else GRIEF due to these items?

FUN is ONLY REAL FUN if it is still FUN the next day.... !!!

I - They overcame by the blood of the Lamb
Revelation 5:9 Revelation 5:9And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
American King James Version×
  And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Revelation 5:10 Revelation 5:10And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
American King James Version×
  And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."

From weak of the world to KINGS and Priests... a MAJOR transformation.

WSJ Oct 8
Harvard debate team lost... NEWS because they lost to a team of Convicted Fellons from a major prison.
Commitment of these prisoners... remarkable.

Colossians 3:1 Colossians 3:1 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.
American King James Version×
  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:2 Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
American King James Version×
  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:3 Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
American King James Version×
  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:4 Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.
American King James Version×
  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Colossians 3:5 Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
American King James Version×
  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:6 Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience:
American King James Version×
  Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
Colossians 3:7 Colossians 3:7 In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.
American King James Version×
  in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
Colossians 3:8 Colossians 3:8 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
American King James Version×
  But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
Colossians 3:9 Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds;
American King James Version×
  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
Colossians 3:10 Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
American King James Version×
  and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Colossians 3:11 Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
American King James Version×
  where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
 

Have you prepared a RESUME of thoughts and actions that you must OVERCOME in order to progress IN THE WAY.
Maybe we need a little "help" ... in any matter that we struggle with on a constant basis and have not been able to overcome.

WE must get on our KNEES to start this process and on OUR FEET to get moving...

WE need NEWNESS of life. It is NOT random but purposeful, directed, focused with an end/goal/target in mind.

II - by the WORD of their Testimony
Gk Marturia = giving evidence, being a witness, FORMAL evidence
Lk 22:71
(Joh 1:19)  Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
FORMAL INQUIRY...
(Joh 1:20)  He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
(Joh 1:21)  And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."

Sharing how we came into the knowledge of the Truth, on the Night Much To Be Observed.

FIGHT the GOOD Fight of FAITH!!! That is WHY YOU MUST BE IN CHURCH.

III - They did NOT love their lives to the death

(Revelation 20:4 Revelation 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
American King James Version×
)  And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Ultimate test of our committment!!!
I pray and should pray for PROTECTION for God's People and our ministers traveling in Africa ...
Our societies are more and more NON-committment societies... wishy washy.... unlike Revelation 20:4 Revelation 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
American King James Version×

This can rubb off in all OF US.
HE is looking for committment, focus, faithfulness, study, growth... not the wavering of the waves and tides of the sea.

Revelation 6:9 Revelation 6:9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
American King James Version×
  When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.
Revelation 6:10 Revelation 6:10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
American King James Version×
  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
Revelation 6:11 Revelation 6:11And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brothers, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
American King James Version×
  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

Are you ready to give your testimony... even if facing death?

MOVIE:  HUMAN

Joh 12:25  He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Joh 12:26  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

1John 2:15 John 2:15And when he had made a whip of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
American King James Version×
  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1John 2:16 John 2:16And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
American King James Version×
  For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
1John 2:17 John 2:17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of your house has eaten me up.
American King James Version×
  And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Galatians 6:7 Galatians 6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
American King James Version×
  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Galatians 6:8 Galatians 6:8For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
American King James Version×
  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Galatians 6:9 Galatians 6:9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
American King James Version×
  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:10 Galatians 6:10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.
American King James Version×
  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.