“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Revelations 2:7
Several times in Revelations 2 and 3, we read the words “him that overcometh.” The churches at the time of John the Apostle experienced hardships, pressures from cults, pressures from a life of ease, pressures to succumb to a false faith. Yet, God told John to write to these churches and state that those who overcame would be blessed and would not be hurt in the second death.
In Revelations 12:10-11, we are told how they overcame Satan and his attacks on them: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death.” (v. 11)
Have you overcome Satan and death by the blood of the Lamb?
Hebrews 9:22 tells us “…without shedding of blood is no remission.” The shed blood of Christ covers our sins…that which separates us from God.
When we repent, believe and confess our faith, we overcome.
Tragedy strikes. Now we face the truth about our faith. Did we really believe, or did we just say words in order to make someone else happy? Did we really believe, or did we just want fire insurance?
If we truly placed our faith in the shed blood of the Lamb, we already have the victory. Our hope is placed in our eternal future, not on the things of this world. No tragedy, no trial, no disaster will keep us from Him. We prove our faith by how we live through those times. When we focus on the eternal life God gave us we will not remain wallowing in self-pity or become consumed by bitterness and anger.
Trials put us in the position of being proved. Judges 2:21-22 says, “I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.”
The nations around Israel were left to prove whether Israel would walk with the Lord and keep His law or stray from God and act in disobedience.
Through the study of God’s Word we are reminded of His promises. Through prayer, we bring our petitions before Him and thank Him for what He has given us. Through the comfort and strength of the Holy Spirit we overcome temptation. Through fellowship with other Godly believers we find help to carry our burdens.
We are not without hope, and God has provided for us His Word, the people, the processes, and the instruments to enable us to overcome anything we face.
Lynn Squire is an avid writer who artistically intertwines Biblical truth with colorful narrative. Her childhood farm life, coupled with her equestrian experiences, brings authenticity and heart to her stories. Lynn actively serves her church through her writing and in other ministries and is currently the president of the American Christian Fiction Writers San Francisco Bay Area Chapter in California, where she resides with her husband and three children.
Lynn’s newest release, Joab’s Fire, contains a novel and a Bible study.
Joab Black and his wife Sarah overcame the worst of pioneer hardships in order to establish a prosperous farm in Alberta, Canada. But those challenges never prepared them for the tragedy they now faced—a staggering loss and intense pain causing them to doubt everything they had ever believed. In the midst of their sorrow, even their closest friends interpret their sufferings as a result of God’s judgment. Has God abandoned them?
Sergeant Dixon, the local North West Mounted Police officer, investigates the events leading to the Blacks’ plight. While his work gives them a ray of hope, his probing into the activities of a certain stranger possibly connected to the case may cost him his job and even his life.
Inspired by the Biblical book of Job, this novel includes a Bible study exploring the perfection of God’s plan and the bounty of His love even in the most inexplicable and intense sufferings.
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