SELAH Daily Devotions!
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelations 12:10-11
Wow! Overcomers! Now datz what I’m talking about, huh? Everybody knows how we Pentecostals just love stomping the dust mites out when we hear them ‘Over-comers’ scriptures, right? But, exactly who are the ‘Over-Comers’?
Some may think that they’re those sacred saints, having renounced sin and Satan, forsaking all their worldly goods pledged absolute loyalty and devotion to Christ. And that’s right! Others may have proclaimed this state based on their willingness to separate themselves from ungodly associates choosing rather to walk alone than stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scornful, thereby freeing themselves from all that would disrupt their hallowed union with Christ. (Ref. Psalm 1) And, perhaps, that too would be true?
Unfortunately, none of our self-righteous acts guarantee nor entitle us to Eternal Life. If you think that you’ve been good enough to pay your own way to Heaven, you’ve already blown it. The scriptures make this absolutely clear, i.e. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8
And on those rare occasions that Holy Ghost was able to get hold of enough of your flesh to do something right, I doubt if it would even come close to all the times that your fickle-flesh over-ruled your spirit, huh?
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
May I submit, for your consideration, how few would be inclined to pursue this echelon of spirituality knowing in advance the real cost of this lofty attribute?
According to Revelations 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” True Overcomers are the ones who faithfully endure the suffering through trials and tribulations and yet persevere, committing their way to The Blood of The Cross, giving Glory to Jesus that they might know the fellowship of HIS suffering and the power of HIS Resurrection. These are THEY to whom the Lord will reward with a Crown of Life!
The good news is, Jesus The Christ has already triumphed over every obstacle that blocked our access to The Heavenly Father–in our stead. His sacrificial death justified us, exchanging HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS for our unrighteousness—once and for all! Now, it’s up to you to accept this amazing gift of Grace! So, whatchawaiting4; get over you!
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!