Friday, May 30, 2008

To Him Who is Overcoming

Over and over again, in Revelation 2-3 where the Holy Spirit is speaking to the churches, He says "To him who is overcoming ." You'll see this wording in any literal translation of the bible. What does that statement mean? Does it mean that if you were an overcomer last week you get a reward? Does it mean that if you were an overcomer last month you get a reward? Does it mean that if you were an overcomer last year you get a reward? No, "is overcoming" means at the time the Master shows up to hold you accountable. When will that be? I don't know, for some it might be tonight on the way home, it might mean at the time of the rapture, or at the second coming for some people. Bottom line is this, thinking someone was "saved" because they knelt at an alter at sometime in the past means ZERO, ZILCH, NOTHING. What does mean something is being found "overcoming" at the time the master shows up. The Lord gives many examples to drive this point home, consider this:

Matt 24:42 'Watch ye therefore, because ye have not known in what hour your Lord doth come; 43 and this know, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief doth come, he had watched, and not suffered his house to be broken through; 44 because of this also ye, become ye ready, because in what hour ye do not think, the Son of Man doth come.
45 'Who, then, is the servant, faithful and wise, whom his lord did set over his household, to give them the nourishment in season? 46 Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so; 47 verily I say to you, that over all his substance he will set him

What happened here^^^^^ When the Lord showed up unexpectedly, the servant was doing what he was supposed to be doing. What happens to the servant who "made a decision for Jesus" 5 years ago, but on the day the Lord shows up, is caught not doing what pleases the Lord?

'And, if that evil servant may say in his heart, My Lord doth delay to come, 49 and may begin to beat the fellow-servants, and to eat and to drink with the drunken, 50 the lord of that servant will arrive in a day when he doth not expect, and in an hour of which he doth not know, 51 and will cut him off, and his portion with the hypocrites will appoint; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.

Well, does'nt look like things go very well, first, Jesus calls them an EVIL SERVANT, next that servant is "cut off" and their portion then belongs with those who are weeping and gnashing teeth. I don't know about you, but I want NO PART in that, do you? Faithfulness pays. Have you screwed something up today, yesterday, last week? Been struggling to get right with Jesus? Right now is the time to ask forgiveness and recommit to Him. The bible clearly says He is willing to forgive you as many times as it takes to turn you around, HOWEVER, that's not a license to sin. If your heart does not truly repent and grieve over your sin, the Lord does'nt honor your request for forgiveness. He knows if you are playing games or you are serious. If He comes back tonight will you be ready? It could happen. Let's commit 100% of the energy we have left, our whole heart and our whole mind to crossing the finishing line STRONG. Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, standing in heaven before the Lord, with an assembly of angels around you so numerous you can't count them, and the Lord says to you 'WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT" Can anything on this earth compare with how you'll feel in that moment? Whatever the cost, whatever the price, we have to strive for this goal with everything we have, TIME IS SHORT. Grace and peace