THE OVERCOMING LIFE
Jesse M. Hendley
Revelation 2 & 3
A letter came to my office the other day asking, "Can
we live the overcoming life?" The answer is definitely
YES! And WE'D BETTER live the overcoming life.
We read about "The Overcomer" several times in the
Word of God, particularly in the Book of Revelation
and the words of Jesus found in chapters 2 and 3. I
call your attention to these passages today that they
might be a blessing to your heart.
First of all, what is meant by the "overcoming" life?
It is the life that conquers sin and unbelief. It is
the life lived in the joy of salvation, victorious for
God. It is the life of assurance, the life of
certainty that it is well with our souls. It is the
life that fulfills the purpose for which God created
it, the life saved and walking with God, having
victory over sin. It does not mean a life that is not
tempted, because temptations come to all God's people,
and perhaps more when you are saved. But, friends,
there is victory over sin. There is the possibility,
yea, the God-given privilege of living a life well
pleasing to Him.
Every Christian wants a happy life, and real happiness
and victory come from God. I don't want to live the
supposedly---Christian life. If I walk with the Lord,
I want to walk with the LORD. (We'd BETTER walk with
Him, because NOT to walk with Him is to walk WITHOUT
Him, and believe me, one of these days we are going to
need Him more than anyone else in all the world.)
Now in Revelation 7, Jesus said, "He that hath an ear
let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To
him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the
Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of
"To overcome," means to CONQUER. It means to defeat
all our foes---not BE defeated, but to DEFEAT
everything that is in the way of our walking pleasing
to God. Here the Lord says to the overcomer that He
will give him s ...
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