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THE CHORUS of the OVERCOMERS

June 13, 2010
I Thessalonians 4:17-18 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
I John 3:2-3 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is.”
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
Two passages that tell of the time in which Jesus returns and the saints put on incorruption. The first one offers up an admonition. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” We are instructed to continually remind each other that this world is ever so temporary and that we have an everlasting abode in the presence of the Lord. It’s one of the reasons that CR and I stay in touch. While we routinely discusss apocalyptic events, our conversation always gravitates toward heavenly things and the return of Jesus. Such conversation causes us to rejoice in our great salvation, to forsake every residual weight, and to be diligent about our Fathers business. Such conversation places a proper perspective on things and brings forth incredible comfort as we consider the age to come. It  fosters sobriety as we consider the priceless souls all around us who are not saved, and resolve to hold fast the profession of our faith steadfast unto the end. As the apostle Paul observed “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
The second passage discloses a method by which we can know whether or not a person is truly watching for Jesus return. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself.” When a person has their affections completely upon things above and is watching, it will be manifest in their lives. They will willingly separate themselves from the works of darkness and their conversation will be in heavenly places. This will not be a legalistic (and phony) practicing of rules; it will be the evidence of the living waters springing up from within. They will have abandoned the earthly kingdoms that once consumed so much time and energy as their foremost desire is to be a faithful ambassador for Christ. Increasingly, the frivilous issues that the world holds in high esteem will be a weariness as they have experienced firsthand, the goodness of God which led them to repentance and have tasted of the age to come. An everlasting habitation in the presence of the Lord Jesus, along with the great cloud of witnesses. Once a person has heard the heavenly choir, they will never again be able to get excited over the empty amusings of this world. 
I Peter 4:4 “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.” (I wanted to type out I Peter 4:1-5, but for the sake of time, have limited it to this.)
It’s an unavoidable thing. Those who are born of the Spirit and have their affections on things above will clash with those who love this world. And of those whose affections remain earthbound, the greatest hostility will oftentimes come from professing saints. Whether they are religious folks who have never entered into a relationship with Jesus, or have subscribed to the popular teachings of the day which focus on feelings and getting stuff, these will not have discernment concerning their dilemma and subsequently will harbor animosity toward the true remnant saints. As the beast system comes to the full, many of these will allign themselves with an enemy who has promised them continuance and support his endeavors to wear out the saints of the most high. David Meyers once stated words to the effect that when a person begins to stagnate, the first casualty is discernment. Once a persons discernment is neutralized they become easy prey. Never has it been more important for us to keep our hearts with all diligence.
It should be noted that many who fall away in this manner may appear to be solid examples of the saints right up to the moment of disclosure. It should also be noted that our greatest challenges will involve the people who are closest to us who have bought into the great deception; be they family members, longtime friends, or even saints that appeared solid in their faith prior to the hour of temptation.
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.”
Recently two things have been on my heart. The first is the attributes of a true overcomer. One who has truly counted the cost and forsaken all that this world holds in high esteem. Such a one will continuously enjoy the peace of God and will not become fearful when the unexpected transpires. When the darkest hours are at hand, they who are spiritually prepared will be strong and do exploits. To those who abide in this place, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” is not simply a bible verse that has been converted into a catch-phrase through repetition. It’s the way that they approach every facet of their lives in this world. They will not be found within the congregations that focus on material gain and a catering to the three lusts (flesh, eyes, pride of life) as they keenly remember the death that accompanied the former conversation. They continually remember the price that Jesus paid on the cross; that whosoever will, may have everlasting life.
The second thing is how few Christians, including myself seem to fully line up with these attributes. Looking at my own life, it’s astonishing at how much time must be devoted to issues of seemingly no eternal significance. Equally astonishing is how many professing saints seem to not be bothered when the cares of this life begin to consume increasingly greater spans of time and energy. These are the ones who are always quick to issue the warning “don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re of no earthly good.” Such a thing is not possible as a truly heavenly minded person will have clarity of the present situation. A heavenly minded person will see multitudes headed for an eternity without Christ and will continuously strive to reach them. A hevenly minded person will grasp the times that are upon us and respond accordingly. A heavenly minded person will consciously seek to walk in the Spirit at all times; being ready at the drop of a hat to share Jesus with one who inquires of the hope that is in them. A heavenly minded person will not squander countless hours in front of a television while their neighbors are merely a heartbeat away from hell.
Do we really grasp the truth that we are going to stand before God and give an account of how we utilized our time here? I’ve been asking myself this question for about a week or so. Even as I write this, I’m appalled at how much time I squander and am prayerfully seeking to change this.  
I need to link to a post that Richard recently wrote because it speaks of the importance of walking in the Spirit. Most of the folks in our ambience are currently on a highway that leads to hell. It is imperative that when they see us, they aren’t presented with a dead form of godliness, but a true example of one who is washed in the blood of Jesus and is seated in heavenly places. Richard points out that an unsaved person will recognize dead religion even better than most saints will. Here’s the link:
THE VISION OF THE TIN MAN
Well this post has taken some unexpected turns, but it needs to be wrapped up. The verses at the bottom are from a previous draft of this which had approached this topic from a different angle. I’m leaving them because they all address this issue of overcoming this present world. Until the next time, blessings always in Jesus name.
I Timothy 6:7 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
Isaiah 57:1 “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”
James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
Wow! I just found this a few minutes ago and must share it. About two and a half years ago, Pastor Greg shared this story at our church. I’ve never been able to find it until about five minutes ago. Here’s a link to the testimony entitled; THE GEORGE STREET STORY
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4 comments

  1. He died. I can’t believe it. David Meyer is dead.

    http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/


  2. Hi, Timbob

    Sorry about David Meyer — I gather he’s the Last Trumpet guy. Well, I don’t know — it’s always ambiguous with a brother in the Lord. You feel bad for his family, but can you really feel bad for him? I always feel kind of jealous to be honest. I mentioned this to the chaplain when my father died (after a painful illness) and he sounded worried about me. But no — I’ll stay as long as Jesus wants me to, and be glad of the time He’s given me. I’d just like to go home as soon as He’ll let me.

    As for standing fast, it’s Jesus who causes us to do that. So no matter how much preparation we might make or how hard we work to get ready, ultimately the thing we need to do is get really, really good at following (not imitating — that’s impossible — but following) Him. As long as we know our guide and stick close, we’ll be good. Not because we’re good, but because we’re with the King. (Which is basically what you said, too.)

    Love you, Bro

    Cindy


  3. Hi Code. Sorry for taking so long to reply. I knew that there were complications, however, this was a surprise. It is comforting to know that a soul shines in glory and that his works do follow. Every time a saint goes home, it causes me to all the more long for the day when we are forever present with the Lord Jesus.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  4. Hi Cindy. To stay as long as the Lord has determined for us to. This is indeed the proper approach to such events. I always like to read about the two witnesses who cannot be touched, until their testimony is complete. May we all strive to complete our testimony in this world as it grows darker with each passing day.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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