As I stated in my previous post, when we confess and believe in the Lord Jesus, it automatically makes us overcomers. Jesus conquered all of our enemies on our behalf by his blood and all we have to do is walk in that victory by obeying his commandments with the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers. When he wrote letters to the seven churches in Revelation, he listed the signs, or characteristics, that should be present in an overcomer’s life and the rewards that an overcomer will receive from God. I previously covered those signs and rewards from Revelation 2 and will now highlight those signs and rewards from Revelation 3.
Signs: Overcomers not only have a reputation of being full of life spiritually, but they are genuinely living out the abundant life in Christ. They don’t just put on a religious show in public, they really live it out in their private lives. They stay alert as to what is going on around them and inwardly with spiritual discernment. When they see themselves becoming lax in certain areas, they work prayerfully and quickly to strengthen their spiritual weaknesses to honor and please God. Overcomers remind themselves about the gospel they received and heard to remain steadfast in the faith. They earnestly try to avoid defiling themselves with sins that can easily weigh them down so they can be ready to meet the Lord, whether through death or the rapture.
Rewards: In fulfilling these things, overcomers will one day physically walk with the Lord like Adam and Eve did before the fall. At that time, we will be clothed in white as a reflection of our righteousness in Christ Jesus [Revelation 19:8]. The fact that God lets us walk with him means we see eye-to-eye with him on spiritual matters–after all “[c]an two walk together, except they be agreed?” [Amos 3:3] We as overcomers can also rest assured that our names will not be blotted out of the book of life in heaven and that the Lord Jesus will proudly confess before the Father and his holy angels that he knows us.
Signs: Even when we as overcomers have just a little strength, we use what little strength we have for God’s glory. We also stay true to his word without twisting it and we stay true to Christ’s name. We overcomers are so determined in our walk that we don’t allow anyone to keep us from the crown God reserves for us.
Rewards: The Lord will present us with opportunities that no one can take away from us. Those who claim to be Jews or believers, but are actually of the devil, will be made by the Lord to bow down at our feet and admit that we are truly God’s beloved, blessed ones. We will be delivered from the judgment that God will pour out against the whole world. Overcomers will be pillars of God’s community in his temple and will dwell in the house of the Lord forever [Psalm 23:6]. Jesus will write Jehovah, “new Jerusalem”, and his new name on our new bodies. They will be like tattoos, only much better.
Signs: Overcomers like to be hot and on fire for the Lord, full of the zeal of his Holy Spirit, allowing his word to be like fire shut up in our bones. Although we may be materially wealthy, that is not our focus. When we are spiritually miserable, poor, blind, and naked, we admit it and come to our senses about it and repent. We seek the Lord for spiritual riches and renewal and make sure our spiritual eyesight is intact. It may be difficult for us to do this but we despise not the chastening of the Lord since his chastening shows us that he loves us. Overcomers also welcome the Lord in when we hear him knocking on our hearts and we have intimate fellowship with him.
Reward: As overcomers, the Lord Jesus will allow us to sit with him on his throne.
When situations in this world weigh us down, we can look to the Lord and remind ourselves of these truths.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them [false prophets, evil spirits]: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Harry A. Gaylord