Revelation Overcomer – #1

For the next several post in our Living and Walking in Spiritual Maturity Series we are going to be focusing  on “Becoming and Staying a Revelation Overcomer until Jesus Returns.”

Introduction: In Revelation 2 and 3, the prophetic word to the seven churches in Asia Minor is recorded. It describes the spiritual conditions of the seven churches. Five of the churches are admonished for having strayed from their call as Christian churches and “the angel of the churches” describes what they are doing well and where they have departed from the call of God. Five of the seven churches are clearly in danger of going astray from God’s plan for their missions and ministries (Ephesus, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodicea). They are called to REPENT, or face dire consequences. Smyrna is the persecuted church. It is called to be tested. And God’s call upon the Smyrna church is to “be faithful” no matter what! Philadelphia is church number seven. It has no apparent problems. It is doing what God has called it to do. They are to continue to endure patiently being true to the Word of God and never deny the Name of Jesus.

All of the churches are called to be OVERCOMERS; we call them REVELATION OVERCOMERS. Living and walking in Biblical and Spiritual Maturity means, in part, to be a Revelation Overcomer. In a careful examination of Scriptures, Revelation 2 and 3 identify six individual characteristics of being a Revelation Overcomer (RO). Each of the characteristics will be a prayer topic for the Christian church of today and this Prayer Blog.

 

Revelation Overcomer Focus 1:  To Have Ears to Hear What the Holy Spirit is Speaking to the Church

This part of the Christian church life is of paramount importance. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of God’s Truth and a clear Reminder of what Jesus said and taught. It is so important this message was repeated to all the Revelation Churches (See the Scripture texts below). And if observed, it is followed by a powerful promise!

Scriptures:

Revelation 2:7 (NIV) Ephesus
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Revelation 2:11 (NIV) – Smyrna
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.

Revelation 2:17 (NIV) – Pergamum
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.

Revelation 2:26-29 (NIV) – Thyatira
To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations–  ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’– just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:5-6 (NIV) – Sardis
He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:12-13 (NIV) – Philadelphia
Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
13  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:21-22 (NIV) – Laodicea
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, teach me to always listen to You and what You speak to me, my family and the Christian church. If I have become “hard of hearing,” conduct spiritual surgery on my spiritual ears so I can always hear You speaking and hear clearly what you are speaking so I may know Your communications. Then, Holy Spirit, empower me to be obedient to Your messages and joyfully walk in agreement with Your instructions.

Forgive me for the times I didn’t listen to you, or disobeyed You, or ignored you and anoint me never to do that again.

It is my desire to always be a Revelation Overcomer in the call to life in Christ, in all mission and ministry to God’s glory and honor and praise and delight and to the encouragement and blessing of the body of Christ in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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