Eight times in the book of Revelation, the apostle John refers to overcomers and the special rewards promised to them. What does it mean to overcome, and who are these overcomers?
The Greek verb “to overcome” (nikao) was used in ancient times to refer to the victors in the Greek Olympic games. The noun “overcomer” (nike) was used to refer to Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. That tells us something about this word. It is used of those who are victorious amidst a contest of some nature.
In modern church history, those of an Arminian theological bent have concluded that overcomers are those who haven’t … Read more
We are glad to provide you with a desktop background for the month of March. As always, a big thanks to Benjamin Smith and the guys at IFB Design. They do excellent work and would be a great source for your ministry graphics needs. Don’t miss the background they designed for January and for February.
In his book, Quiet talks on Prayer, S.D. Gordon emphasizes there are only two wills: the will of God and the will of Satan. The will of man either lines up with God’s will or Satan’s will. Therefore, there are only two sides. But there is only one victor: the Lord Jesus Christ, for “the battle is the Lord’s.” Side with God’s will and you’re on the winning side.
In this battle Satan seeks to accomplish his will by appealing to man’s flesh. “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that … Read more
“Chaplain Richard Halverson of the United States Senate told the story of a time when the subject of prayer in schools came up just before a Senator was to give a speech to several hundred men at a church’s annual men’s dinner. In response to the Senator’s question about how many of the church men believed in prayer in the public schools, nearly every man present raised his hand in the affirmative. Then the Senator asked, ‘How many of you pray daily with your own children in your home.’ This time, only a few hands were raised.”
“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, … Read more
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not” (Lk. 13:34)!
Do you realize you serve a Savior that is always standing ready to draw you to Himself? You serve a Savior that is looking for ways to work and show His power in your life – not a combination of His power and your power, but of His power alone. He has often wanted to draw you in – but many times ye would not. How does the Lord … Read more
Very few places are more depressing that an Intensive Care Unit. If you have ever walked down a hospital corridor and through the doors into ICU, you know what I mean. Typically those who stay in Intensive Care are in the midst of a life and death struggle for survival. An illness or accident has robbed them of the enjoyment and excitement of life and has left them in an unconscious state that we refer to as a coma. A patient in a coma is not aware of where he is, who he is, or even why he is there. He has no feelings, desires or appetites. He is unable … Read more
In the first few pages of the New Testament we find one of Christ’s first lessons on discipleship. We know it as the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus commences the sermon with the Beatitudes, which are spiritual qualifications for inheriting the millennial kingdom. Some have suggested they are the prerequisites for entering the kingdom, but that is not correct, for it would imply that one must do good works in order to be saved.
The Beatitudes are spiritual qualifications for inheriting the millennial kingdom.
Others have suggested the Beatitudes are evidences of salvation and that those who do not display these evidences are not actually saved. That is nowhere implied … Read more
There are some assumptions we cannot afford to make. Maybe you’ve thought something like, “That dog must be friendly because he is wagging his tail,” or, “I can drive another ten miles on empty,” or, “That log across the creek held up my son, so I’m sure it will hold me.” Assumptions can certainly get us into trouble!
Habakkuk was a man who embraced a God he did not fully understand in the dark days before Babylon invaded rebellious Judah. He wrestled with the ancient question of why evil seems to be winning in the world; and in so doing, he found some of his assumptions about God were challenged. … Read more
What is the ultimate objective of every child of God? Without question, it is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). But how do we glorify God in a practical, everyday sense? By seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). Jesus gives a commentary on how to do this in the Beatitudes. Indeed, the Beatitudes delineate the spiritual qualities necessary for inheriting the kingdom of God.
The Beatitudes delineate the spiritual qualities necessary for inheriting the kingdom of God.
The Beatitudes are not the means by which unsaved people become saved. Nor are they evidences that one has been saved. Furthermore, the Beatitudes are not merely teachings … Read more
A few years ago I took my little pickup truck to buy mulch for my yard. As the tractor began loading the mulch I thought, “Wow, he had better stop, it is getting close to the rails.” But the operator kept going, and the mulch soon overflowed the rails and mounded up above the cab of the truck, flowing over the sides. But he continued to pour. He poured until it was impossible for the truck to hold any more (though he still had more in the bucket). That load of mulch was super abundant, more than enough, with even more on top of that!
This memory illustrates a familiar … Read more