Most Christians are not overcomers. Church pews are filled with believers living defeated christian lives.
And in most instances the reason for these tragedies can be traced to lack of knowledge from our pulpits.
The following three paragraphs were taken from a book titled “Epistles of the Kingdom”, authored by Royal Cronquest. The author describes it as a book of visitations from Jesus and the Holy Spirit concerning the growth development and intended perfection of the church.
Epistle one – “The world system is about to make war
against the saints and to overcome them and destroy them, and no one is preparing
Epistle two – “My people who endure to the end of this
present age but who do not overcome will not be alive for my coming.” (Enduring and overcoming are not the same thing.)
Epistle three – “Only my overcomers; My first fruits: my
saviors and delivers will be openly manifest and be immune to destruction and death. My church in America is soft, petted, spoiled pampered by their many blessings and comforts of prosperity. They do not know what it is to have faith, to have trust in me in a CRISIS ENVIRONMENT of life and death situations. I will give them that CRISIS (divine judgments) where by their love, faith, and trust may be tested by fire."
The spiritual definition of the word ‘overcomer’ literally means "to conquer", to subdue. . .Not just survive. Not just hang on.
Luke 10:19 -I give unto you power . . .
Matt 11:12 – The violent take it be force.
Rev. 12:11 – They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb
and the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto death.
1.) We overcome by the means of God. --- Romans 8:37
The word for overcome in this passage means to become super--victorious. They describe someone who has more than just conquered spiritual death. Rather they describe someone who overpowers his enemies and claims victory.
In order to overcome one must use wisdom and have understanding. Biblical wisdom is "the fear of God" and understanding is "departing from evil". (See Job 28:28)
2.) What do we have to overcome? Our own outer-man:
- The world ---------------John 16:33
- Evil -------------------------Romans 12:21
- Satan ----------------------1 John 2:13,14
- Evil spirits ---------------1 John 4:3,4 & Ephesians 6:12
All of these things are found in the outer man.
3). Scriptural References to overcoming:
- Eating of the tree of life-------------------------Revelations 2:7
Exemption from the second death--------Revelations 2:11
- Power over the nations------------------------Revelations 2:26
- Clothed in white raiment-----------------------Revelations 3:5
- Made a pillar in God's temple----------------Revelations 3:12
- Rulership with Christ----------------------------Revelations 3:21
All this having been said, then what is a definitive definition of an ‘overcomer’?
An ‘overcomer’ is simply a blood bought believer who has taken the next step.
Christ deals with our inner-man when the Holy Spirit took up residence in it. But he left it up to us to overcome the evil in our outer-man (Luke 10:19).
Once the evil in the outer-man has been conquered through deliverance then we can proclaim, as Christ proclaimed, “Satan has no part in me”.
I believe that the time has come for the leaders of the church to get down to business, reprioritize their goals and ascertain what they should be concentrating on before the world leaders make war against the saints and finally outlaw Christianity. This is surely going to happen and the rank and file is not prepared. They are not overcomers.
Now, we have covered these topics on the website:
1)Forgiveness 2)Using God or Being Used of God 3)Happiness verses Holiness 4)How we Make our Decisions 5)Waiting on God 6)Living in the Now 7)and Spiritual Warfare
Have you dealt with issues?
I suppose you could achieve some degree of success in
overcoming without doing so, but I am convinced that you will
never achieve full status as an overcomer until you have come
to grips with these issues.
Five Steps to Become an Overcome
1.Qualify for the B-attitudes – Matthew 5:3-11 2.Sufficient Grace – II Corinthians 12:9 3.Offer sacrifice of Righteousness – Malachi 3:3 4.Love your neighbor as yourself – Matthew 22:39 5.Love the Lord more than anything to be his disciple – Matthew 22:37
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:40
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
Matthew 22:37 & 38
AND the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Matthew 22:39
Note: Most of these steps were blocked by the forces of evil and must be unblocked.
A Matrix for Over-Coming
1.A Life of Seclusion 2.A Life of Sacrifice 3.A Life of Advocacy 4.A Life to whom much is given, much shall be required 5.A Life where you walk in the Mind of God 6.A Life of Self Denial 7.A Life where you are a Man of Sorrows like Christ WE AGREE to all of the above. ___________________________ Rev. FRANK M. BRIM ___________________________ SHARON P. BRIM
I hope this information makes sense. I took some of Frank’s notes and put them together after his death.