Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Conqueror

In my experience of raising boys, they want to conquer something all the time. My ten year old son is constantly in battle, he conquers his breakfast, his sister, the furniture, the stairs, etc...He doesn't just casually do something, he turns everything into a wrestling match, sword fight, or boxing tournament. He's out to conquer his world!
This morning I started reading in Revelation 2, and I was met with this:

"Don't quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing.  I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you..... Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death"  (Message)

"To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it." (NASB)

"Here's the reward I have for every conqueror, everyone who keeps at it, refusing to give up: You'll rule the nations, your Shepherd-King rule as firm as an iron staff, their resistance fragile as clay pots. This was the gift my Father gave me; I pass it along to you-and with it, the Morning Star!" (Message)

Do not give up! Keep going, there is a Life-Crown waiting, I want my crown, and I want some hidden manna along with a new name! But, even more than that, to know that I am safe from devil death, safe with Jesus, because I am a Christ conqueror, His power working through me to overcome all things, this is what I want! Christ in me. The fire He brings, the passion, the life, all of this is how I continue to overcome and persevere. To conquer. This is Christ bringing life to His Kingdom here on this earth, through His saints, His chosen children.
Jesus, Say That Again, You have promised me a Life-Crown, manna, a new name, great rewards, and safety from devil death. Jesus, Say That Again! Through You, Your children will conquer!

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