We shall overcome

David Garman

Many times have we heard and read the directive, overcome. We shall overcome someday, as the old hymn plays in our minds. A little more urgency is in order, an update to that droning hymn is overdue. A quicker tempo, perhaps. Thunderous kettle drums in the background, bows agitating the strings of many violins, crescendo! Overcoming is no longer a passive waiting for that someday. The stage is set, the orchestra is warming up. But then, we aren’t to speak in metaphor.

Y’shua said overcome! We are as a people grossly out of touch with this concept. There is a much more aggressive tone associated with the term, than we might have imagined. Of course it embodies holding fast, a steadfastness as mentioned in the previous post. This is a vital feature in the realm of the overcomer. The Greek word translated overcome puts us more in line with a conqueror. Think nike, not the Greek goddess or the popular brand athletic shoe. Not the Nicolaitanes, the conquerors of the laity. Rather, conquest, triumph, to prevail, to get the victory, these are attributes of an overcomer. Y’shua Himself will return as the ultimate conqueror, He is the greatest overcomer. We, as we move into the danger zone, if you will, have His Spirit of conquest within us. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not referring to guns-a-blazing, which will fail miserably. Our weapons will not be conventional in any way. They will be at hand when we need them. There is allowed no opportunity for showmanship beforehand. We can not say for absolute certainty what they will be. The action of faith, the verb faith, absolutely free of doubt, the certainty of action in the Power of the Creator, ALL power in Y’shua the Messiah, we must live in this reality, can we comprehend?

Mass media has preempted and corrupted our terminology, so that the use of descriptions or actions conjure up contrary imagery in the mind of the hearer. For example, the use of the term, martyr, brings to mind a suicide bombing, or some other form of maniacal behavior.

For us, we will not all receive the martyr’s crown, though many among us will in Y’shua the Messiah. Indeed this high calling has already been consummated in untold numbers of our brothers and sisters, now and through the line of our forbearers. It was not the intent to touch on the topic of martyrdom within this post. Just the same, we should not fear it, if we are called to become a martyr for Y’shua (see Revelation 20:4).

Y’shua said,

“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Elohi, He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death, To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a name written, which no man knoweth saving he that recieveth it, And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations, He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels, Him that overcometh, will I make a pillar in the temple of My Elohi, and he shall go no more out; I will write upon him the Name of My Elohi, and the name of the city of My Elohi, new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My Elohi, and My new Name, To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne, He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I shall be his Elohi, and he shall be My son.

We do well to ask ourselves, what have we overcome to date? Every called out one will face this. Overcoming has everything to do with eternal life, reward, and position.

What do we overcome, but the world? What is the world but it’s religious, political, financial, economic, medical, legal, entertainment, sporting arrangements. These are the Nicolaitanes, the contrary conquerors of today, the usurpers, the false caretakers, who strive to take ownership of us.

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