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Overcoming Still

Jesus has and is overcoming.

Themes in Revelation: Patient Endurance

Week 13, Tuesday: Following Jesus
Believers are companions and partners with the Apostles in the Kingdom, tribulation, and patient endurance which are in Jesus (Rev. 1.9). If we ever lose sight of this, or fail to keep these themes in mind, we will find it difficult to “overcome” with Jesus in our walk with and work for Him.

Jesus goes forth daily, conquering and to conquer. If we are following Him, we will be doing the same.

Read Revelation 6

Meditate on the following passages from Revelation
1.      Compare Revelation 6.1, 2 with Psalm 45.1-6. Let’s try to understand all this martial imagery as best we can. First, conquering and to conquer requires that we keep in mind what Paul mentions in Ephesians 6.10-20. What does “conquering” or “overcoming” require of us in this respect?

2.      Now let’s add into this vision Zechariah 9.9-17. Which aspects of Christ’s “overcoming” or “conquering” are suggested here? How do we, as Christ’s followers, factor into this?

3.      Christ’s overcoming on earth is progressive, but not always even. The light of the Gospel waxes and wanes through the corridors of history. Nevertheless, meditate on 1 John 2.8 and Ephesians 5.6-11. Here is suggested yet another aspect of our “overcoming” or “conquering” with Jesus. How would you describe this?

4.      Spiritual, evangelical, and moral conquering: This is what Jesus is about in the world. Meditate on Acts 17.1-9. How did people in the unbelieving world experience Christians as they “rode out” with Jesus “conquering and to conquer”? How does this compare with what we experience from our unbelieving neighbors today?

5.      How would you counsel a new believer to prepare each day to “ride out” with Jesus for spiritual, evangelical, and moral “overcoming”? What should this new believer expect as he or she goes forth
“conquering and to conquer”?

My Reflection
How is it evident that you ride forth with Jesus each day, conquering and to conquer?

The Glory of God
John says that the Light of Christ is advancing in the world against all the powers of darkness. What evidence can you see that this is true?

Glory to Glory
Complete the following: “The Light of Christ is advancing, and I am a child of that Light; therefore…”

Memorize
Let’s look more closely at our memory verse, John 16.33. Recite your memory verse aloud. Pray your vision of Jesus exalted and having overcome back to Him in words of praise and thanksgiving.

Closing Prayer
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

Psalm 45.6

T. M. Moore

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The book of Revelation is the culminating episode in the story of God’s covenant. To learn more about that covenant, and to discover the way it integrates all of Scripture into the Gospel of Jesus Christ, order a copy of T. M.’s book, I Will Be Your God, by clicking here.

Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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