The Overcomers

 

 

It seems the trials, testing’s, and pressures are increasing in the body of Christ. I don’t know if that’s generally true but it’s obvious that some of the brethren are facing some extreme circumstances. For example I know personally of some who are facing tragic losses and potential disasters in their personal lives. I have received urgent prayer requests from here and abroad in recent days. It appears the price of Gold has risen. Let me explain.

 

In the recent Round Table meeting in Jacksonville, Florida I quoted the twelve most powerful promises of all the approximately five thousand or so promises found in the Bible. Those promises range from access to the tree of life, to being a pillar in the temple of God, and many others. They are in my opinion the greatest of all promises and they are made, not to the general Christian population but to those “with ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church” and the “overcomers.” The greatest promises are given to the overcomers!

 

What better way to describe an “overcomer” except to say, “They have overcome something”? The world is insane with the anti-Christian spirit. The persecution of Christians is at an all time high and millions are facing huge challenges. What’s the point and what should be our response? I can say it simply, “overcome or be overcome!”

 

Arugably one of the most persecuted men of all time was the apostle Paul. He was quite open about what he experienced in, “every city” and as I read the list I gain a better perspective of my life and, for sure, I would not trade my troubles for his! I think Paul’s experience and revelavion of God’s eternal purpose uniquely qualifies his exhortation found in1 Corinthians 13:10. Let’s read,

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it.

 

Allow me to make a simple observation here. In the verse the word “escape” is the Greek word “ek-bas-is” meaning “to go through.” God is not offering an escape hatch! He’s made a way to go through every circumstance and come out victoriously! We are overcomers not escape artist! We are not looking for a way out; we are looking for a way in to that great company of overcomers who will inherit all things!

 

The point of overcoming now in this age is so we will be qualified to rule and reign with Jesus in the next age. The overcomers will be caught up to God and His throne to sit with Jesus. That’s when principalities and powers will be cast down and replaced by those counted worthy of “that resurrection.” There is a first fruits resurrection for the company of overcomers who by faith and endurance have overcome the wicked one and attained a place in God. It would seem few Christians realize that there is something to attain in this life; something better than going to heaven when you die and sit in some mansion somewhere. Again to quote the apostle Paul in his prayer, “if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3:11) What resurrection is he referring to? What did he see that so many are not seeing? Since the Bible speaks of, a better resurrection” in Hebrews 11:35 I conclude if there is a better resurrection then there must be more than one!

 

The apostle John saw thrones and those who sat upon them unto whom judgment was given. He goes on to describe them and concludes with this, “Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” The “first resurrection” Really, I wonder what’s that’s all about? Revelation 20:4-6 tells us they are the overcomers! Who want’s to be one?

 

The apostle Paul counted his troubles as a “light affliction”. Have you read his story? Have you counted the list of obstacles he faced in every city? I wound not call them light! Obviously he saw something on his visit to the third heaven that we need to see. Obviously he knew of a “better resurrection” that must be attained to. Obviously he saw a higher purpose and recognized that the Sovereign God of the universe is never out of control of any situation that His elect are experiencing. I go on record as saying,

 

     I believe God will never send you into a fight He knows you cannot win!

The very fact you are in such a battle, maybe for your very life, should be proof enough that God knows you have what it takes to win. But you must do the winning. The fight is real but so is the promise. I urge you to lift your vision and see from your heavenly position in Christ. Lay hold on the promise in Philippians 4:13 “I can do {prevail in} all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

We are in a race to win a prize, an eternal prize. We gain eternal things by overcoming earthly things. Perhaps you have heard me say, “We are interns in this life in order to be masters in the next.” The battles we face here are to prepare us for the battles we will face in the future age while sitting “together with Jesus in His throne ruling together with Him over the nations of the earth.” If the nations must be ruled with a rod of iron then I assume there will be some resistance. What did the apostles see that so many are not seeing?

 

I don’t presume to understand it all but I do believe that this life and the battles we face here are not to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us! Earthly titles, ministries, and spiritual gifts will one day pass away. When that happens I fear many will be left empty handed! Gifts are “in part” but we are called, not in part, but in fullness! What will you take with you into the next age? That is a question each of us should ponder with the upmost sincerity. The apostle Paul emphasizes the point that spiritual gifts and ministries have an “until”. They are here “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect {mature} man, unto {look closely at this} the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. Read that again and see that your test, trial, temptations, and challenges are your opportunity to overcome! Praise God! “All things, all things, all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Is that you? Do you love Him? Has He called you for a purpose? Then it’s good!

 

Are you one of the many who have no plans or vision for the next life? I encourage you don’t lose sight of God’s eternal purpose, which is ”Christ in you, the hope of Glory.” We are in this life to qualify ourselves as Kings and Priests or as I prefer say “A Royal Priesthood”. Our Brother, King Jesus, is the first born among many brothers. He is both The King and The Great High Priest of His eternal kingdom. That’s your destiny my friend! Is there any higher calling, honor, privilege, or joy than to be called to sit along side The Lord Jesus in His kingdom as a fully mature son and joint heir with Him? What should possibly be more sought after than this?

 

I travel to Brazil this month to minister in four events. I will have the privilege of speaking to thousands of people and hundreds of church leaders. If you are able to help with the expenses I will be most grateful.

 

 

My love to all,

 

Dan Duke

 

 

One Response to “The Overcomers”

  1. Wish you had a donate button like you do for this comment button. I was very encouraged, and Love you dearly! Thank you!

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