Is Your Will a Liability to You?

“My mind is made up!” An often heard declaration, these words can be the source of joy or grief depending on whose they are. From the one who struggles to make and hold on to decisions, they bring relief to the hearers. But from one who takes pride in his or her iron will, they elicit sighs and exasperation. I know a thing or two about the latter because during my childhood and teen years, I developed a strong will as a defense against manipulation. Once my mind was made up on certain issues, that was it!

Having a strong will is in itself not bad. In fact, some of the people whom God has used to drive significant changes in His kingdom and in the world have been people of rock-solid wills; for example, Paul the apostle. Firmness of will is also a necessary virtue for Christians, if we must walk the narrow path to which we are called in a world where most choose the broad and easy way[1].

But — and this is an important one — a strong will must be enlightened by God if it is to be of use to Him and to His kingdom.

An enlightened will

I describe an enlightened will as one that is bathed in God’s light and whose raison d’être (reason for being) is to please Him. An enlightened will submits fully to the Lord and, by extension, adapts to others, within the confines of His will.

A will that is too strong to yield to God or to others at His command is a liability. And when one with such a will enters into relationship with the Lord and expresses a desire to love and serve Him, He — in His love and wisdom — breaks the unruliness of that will. His dealings in this regard are necessary, for He says in His Word that He will only look to and have regard for the one who is of a humble and broken spirit, and who trembles at His word.[2]

A person who takes pride in her ability to make up her mind and not change it no matter what will not tremble at God’s word because her untamed will will override God’s will and the gentle promptings of His Spirit in her heart. She is accustomed to being her own boss and will bow to no other once the boss (herself) has made a decision. A person with this heart disposition cannot serve God effectively.

Sometimes, unknown to us, our wills may be broken in some areas of life but not in others. There may still be pockets of our lives where we rule and have the final say. When this is the case, the Lord passes us through dealings that dethrone self and bring our wills into full yieldedness to Him.

A yielded will in a wicked world

The risk of manipulation still exists in our world today and, I dare say, is more prevalent than when I was a child. I still dislike being manipulated. But I have learned to pass the responsibility for my protection to the Holy Spirit, who dwells in me. This has allowed me to relate more freely with others.

As we exchange our iron wills (or weak wills) for wills that are fully submitted to God, we find that His Spirit shields us from potential manipulators. He does this  by granting us discernment, revelation, and wisdom, just as He did for our Lord Jesus Christ:

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. (John 6:63–64; italics mine)

The Holy Spirit also teaches us how to navigate our interactions with such persons:

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).

His ministry, when fully received, releases us to be like our heavenly Father, firm and determined yet entreatable and considerate.

A yielded will in relation to God and an adaptable will in relation to others are essentials for living a life that pleases the Father and can be used effectively by Him. May the Lord bathe our wills in His light and work in us humility, brokenness of spirit and unconditional reverence for His word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


[1] Matthew 7:13–14

[2] Isaiah 66:1–2

This Grace In Which I Stand

“Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

These words, quoted from Romans 5:2, describe a monumental principle that many, including me, have skimmed over when reading this chapter of the Bible. But before we get to that principle, let me say that the first two verses of Romans 5 show the default position of everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and Lord. We learn from these verses that such persons are justified by faith and have peace with God. Having received these salvation blessings, they are held up by grace and the hope of their salvation (the hope of the glory of God in us and through us) is progressively revealed to them.

Held up by grace

I have read the first two verses of Romans 5 numerous times, but I’ve never really had reason to think twice about the phrase “this grace in which we stand,” not until recently when through some dealings of the Lord, I’ve realized that the grace in which we stand is a big deal.

As believers, many of us know that we have been brought into relationship with God by His grace. We were sinners who were alienated from Him by our rebellion and deserved nothing but death (for the wages of sin is death[i]). But God extended His goodwill, lovingkindness, and favour to us by sending His Son to take on the penalty for our sins. Through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf, our sins were written off and rather than receive the death we deserved, we received justification (i.e. we were declared just and righteous).

But what eluded me — at least to the degree that I’ve learned lately — is that no matter how deep we go in God, we are held up within His righteous kingdom by grace. The soil in which we are planted and from which we sprout as fruitful trees is GRACE. If His grace were withdrawn, no matter how beautiful we have been as plantings of the Lord, we would wilt, crumble, and fall like dying plants.

seedling in soil

We stand in the soil of grace. God’s saving grace is the substance that holds us up. We are able to rise each day with the desire to pray, to love and to serve the Lord because of His grace at work in us.

Sustaining the flow of grace

But the story of grace does not end there. Grace does so much more. God’s grace teaches us how to remain in His righteous kingdom and how to please Him therein.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

—Titus 2:11–12

It inspires us to good works and makes it easy to live lives that are pleasing to Him.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 

—Philippians 2:12b–13

But in every instance of its occurrence, grace is a gift. In other words, it can either be accepted or be rejected. This means that we have a part to play in sustaining the flow of grace in our lives. When grace flows freely, we become fruitful — prayer is easy, worship is easy, fellowshipping with like-minded believers is easy, obeying God’s commandments is easy — and our lives bring pleasure to God.

So what should we do to sustain the free flow of God’s grace in us? Perhaps you are expecting a long and complicated answer to this question. Actually, the answer is simple: Be open. All God needs is our openness to Him. With that, He can make us everything His Word says we should be.

No Controversy

If there is one thing that every child of God who aspires to please Him and grow into full maturity should do, it is to have a “no-controversy” attitude toward the Lord. Having a no-controversy attitude toward the Lord means making a resolve to never contend with the Him, or murmur against Him, or be offended at Him. A no-controversy attitude implies that you will follow Him wherever He leads, trusting in His infinite wisdom. As the songwriter puts it, “Where you go, I’ll go; where you stay, I’ll stay; when you move, I’ll move; I will follow.”[ii]

Of course, we should not take this position because we think God is incapable of handling contention or offense — He is not fazed by such — but rather because contention, complaining, and offense against God closes us off to Him. When we entertain these, our hearts harden toward Him and the flow of grace is gradually cut off.

For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

—Isaiah 57:17   


The grace in which we stand is priceless. Without it, we would have no fruitfulness in things divine. Let’s be mindful to sustain this flow of grace. Trials and challenges will come, but through it all, let’s maintain a no-controversy attitude toward our Lord. With this in place, we will overcome all things and inherit all things[iii] by His grace.

[i]Romans 6:23

[ii] “I will follow” by Chris Tomlin

[iii] Revelation 21:7

The Church: Pillar and Ground of Truth

During a recent trip, I bumped into a friend whom I last saw over twenty years ago. As we chatted about life, our families and our present passions, I mentioned my involvement in ministry. He immediately became cynical and asked if I had made my fortunes yet. My efforts to tell him that I was not of that stock fell on deaf ears for a while. Finally I was able to convince him that I am part of the company of believers who strive to live and conduct ministry according to the standards laid out in Scripture. My friend went on to express his frustration about the materialism and corruption in the churches he knew. Unfortunately, I could not defend those churches because I knew that what he said was true. I, however, pointed him to God and affirmed that there are still believers who worship Him in truth.


Paul, in Scripture, described the church as the “pillar and ground of truth” (1 Timothy 3:14–15). In other words, she is the ground upon which truth is planted and the prop from which it is displayed to the world. The Gentile churches to whom Paul ministered had come out of pagan cultures, cultures that stood in stark contrast to God’s ways. They were young congregations, new plants that needed to grow spiritually and numerically in order to transform the cultures from which they had been drawn. Although Paul desired to see them grow, he did not lower God’s standards to facilitate or accommodate such growth. On the contrary, he insisted that the church, wherever she was found, needed to be the custodian and model of God’s truth. She needed to model righteousness, holiness, wisdom, love, and more.

Another gospel

Today, a “gospel” contrary to what Paul preached has taken root in Christendom. While some — thank God — still hold the view that the gatherings of God’s people should not be morally compromised for the sake of church expansion, many make the excuse that churches should be morally accommodating because they attract and comprise imperfect people.

Indeed, the Lord Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost. Yes, He reaches for us in our filth and draws us to Himself. But He never leaves us the way we are. In fact, the purpose of coming to Him is to be transformed into His likeness. When we come into relationship with Him, He cleanses us by His blood and progressively changes our character. Our gatherings become increasingly pure because of His cleansing work in our individual lives, as is expressed in 1 John 1:6–7:

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

People who join the church should get to see both the love and righteous standards of God lived out in our midst and realize that to be a part of His kingdom, they, too, must learn His ways. This is what the Lord instructed when He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you . . . ” (Matthew 28:19–20; emphasis added).

bible study

The ideology that everything is permissible in church because we’re sinners saved by grace is unscriptural. The Bible acknowledges that we do fall into sin but instructs us to own up to our sins, confess them, and allow the cleansing work of Christ to be done in our lives (1 John 1:8–10). The church of the living God should not be a breeding ground for iniquity — not among children, teens, young adults, or adults. Rather, as God has declared throughout Scripture right from the days of the nation of Israel to the days of the seven churches in Asia Minor, the church should be a model of holiness and truth.

The True Church

In the world today, there are a myriad churches going by different names and descriptions. But in Scripture, only one church is recognized and it is called “the church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven” (Hebrews 12:22–24). Membership in this church is handled by the Holy Spirit, and He registers only those whom He has translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (John 3:5–6) — so there can no faking one’s way in. Remaining in this church is contingent on holding fast to the tenets of the faith and living uprightly.

There are no big names in this church (James 2:1–4); those recognized as leaders are actually servants, and they are known by their simplicity and humility (Luke 22:25–27). These messengers never take God’s glory for themselves; they do not claim ownership of His church, for they know that although they’ve been given oversight of His flock, they do not own them. They love the people of God but never point them to themselves; they remember that the One who died for them is their Husband and must remain their first love (Revelation 2:4–5). In fact, they refuse to be idolized by God’s people (Revelation 22:8–9). Their greatest desire in service is to see God’s children in strong and intimate relationship with their Father, and as such they refuse to get in the way. They teach these believers to approach and relate to God rather than position themselves as the go-betweens. These persons live simple lives so that they don’t have to plunder God’s people financially. They do not live large off the labours of God’s flock. When they can, they support them with their own resources (Acts 20:33–35). And last but not least, they live pure and holy lives (Ephesians 5:1–7). They are aware that their lifestyles, not just their messages, need to be exemplary (Philippians 3:17), so they live according to God’s commands in Scripture.

The true church is a body of believers, and it is the temple where God will set His glory in these last days. Many speak of His glory in this endtime, but before we lay claim to that, let’s remember that He only sets His glory in pure vessels:

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. (Psalm 24:3–4)

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:7).

So if we want to be enlisted in the company described as the true church, which is the pillar and ground of truth, we must set our houses in order, both in terms of our individual lives and our assemblies.

Satan is working hard to infest the true church with sin. Like Herod who killed all the young boys in Israel to get at Jesus, the devil attacks every Christian assembly in the hopes of destroying the ones whose hearts are set right before God. Unfortunately, many assemblies have fallen prey, which is why we hear of so many scandals. Rather than be safe places for those who join them, these churches have become places where children are defiled, homes are destroyed, and persons who have a sincere desire to serve God are polluted.

hands lifted

But the Scripture says that “the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His . . . ” (2 Timothy 2:19). The Lord has reserved for Himself people whose hearts bow to Him and Him alone. And He leads them to gather in simplicity and purity, according to His due order. In their midst, Christ rules as Lord and the Holy Spirit’s leading is sought and held supreme.

The Call

As with the seven churches in Asia Minor, the Lord will test all Christian congregations that lay claim to His name in these last days, and those whose claims are false will be shown for what they truly are. More scandals will be heard, sadly. The Lord will not place His covering over groups who insist on rebelling against Him and bringing His name into disrepute. As He took His protective covering off Israel and Jerusalem, giving them up to Assyrian and Babylonian captivity respectively, He will withdraw His covering from rebellious churches:

Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. (Revelation 11:1–2)

The call to true believers whose hearts yearn for a sincere relationship with God and a transformed life, therefore, is to deliver themselves from places where Christ is not permitted to rule in truth. This is no time to make excuses for one’s church, nor stand for the lowering of God’s standards. This is a time to deliver one’s soul from defilement and from the firm hand of God’s discipline that will be brought upon those who continue to take His name in vain. This is a time to ask the Lord to lead one to a place of worship where His name is honoured; it is a time to actively insist on righteous standards and submission to the Holy Spirit in those God-honouring places of worship.

I pray that the Lord will speak to your heart as you read these words, enable you to evaluate your life in light of them, and lead you according to His will.



Most Important Goal

growing plant

The greatest need of the church today is maturity. The most important goal of every Christian, therefore, should be to grow up into Christ (that is, become like Him in all things); for the church through whom God will reap the end-time harvest and execute His final judgments will be a fully mature one and nothing less.

So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine . . . Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”

—Ephesians 4:14–15 AMPC

Let Down the Nets

fishing boat

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break (Luke 5:4-6).

When we go deeper in Christ, we “catch” a lot more from Him. When we deepen our one-on-one intimacy with Him, we become better equipped to find the purposes and provisions that He has prepared for us.

So, what hinders us from going deeper? A key culprit is our susceptibility to having our hearts overcharged with the cares of this life. In His day, the Lord Jesus warned His disciples to pay attention and be on guard, lest their hearts became weighed down by self-indulgence and worldly pleasures (on one hand) and the anxieties of life (on the other)[1][1].

If self-indulgence, worldly pleasures, and anxieties were snares at that time, they are even more so these days, when the pace of life is faster, the number of activities the average individual is involved in is greater, and self-focus is the norm. To some degree, overcoming the tendency to be overly immersed in the cares and pleasures of this life is the challenge of our age.

There is much more for us to attain in Christ, hence, the Lord, by His Spirit, beckons us to come up higher. In His presence, we will experience calm—like fishes in the deep blue sea—and behold divine treasures. There, we will be changed into His image from glory to glory.

But how do we experience His presence amidst the topsy turviness of daily living? A good place to start is to intensify our efforts to spend quality time with Him each day. A second step is to trim our involvement in things that add no real value to our lives, as these only increase the noise in our souls. We need not live like recluses, but getting rid of excesses that dull our spiritual senses—the kind of activities that are “lawful but not expedient”—will help to maintain inner serenity and facilitate our spiritual journey.

Thirdly, and most importantly, we must ask the Lord for an abundance of grace—grace to stay above the drowning floods of this present age, grace to grow and become the mature body of Christ.[2]

As we take these steps, we will find ourselves soaring above the noise and distractions of our time. We will live this life but not be drowned by it. We will maintain a posture of worship to our God day in, day out.

I’m often intrigued by the fact that a saint like Daniel who was a leader in Babylon had significant responsibilities within his secular job but maintained a heart of deep communion with God.[3] How did he achieve this? Certainly not by a lukewarm, compromising lifestyle. The Bible tells us that Daniel fervently sought the Lord and lived openly for Him. In return, the Lord rewarded him not only with signs and wonders but also with depth in his spiritual life.

May God help us to rise above the drowning tide of our age and go deeper in Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


[1] Luke 21:34

[2] Ephesians 4:15

[3] Daniel 2:48–49; 6:1–4

Five Marks of an Overcoming Christian

About eight months after I became a born-again Christian, I was invited by a friend to a series of meetings held by a vibrant Christian group. When I got there, I was immediately drawn to the life of God that I sensed in their midst. I had recently begun to hunger for a deeper walk with God, so the seriousness and spiritual depth among those believers resonated with me. As I continued to have fellowship with them, I began to hear messages about the coming kingdom of God. I understood few details at the time but felt in my heart that the burden was of the Lord. After fellowship meetings, I would review the scriptures shared and when I did, the words came alive; God seemed to be speaking directly to me.

One of the terms I heard a lot in those early days was “overcomer.” I learned about the lofty promises the Lord Jesus holds out to Christians who overcome spiritual complacency, sin, the world, and the devil (see Revelation 2 and 3[1]). As a result, I desired to be an overcomer. Practically speaking, it has taken me years to firmly grasp what being an overcoming Christian entails. I have been privileged to hear many great messages that have tackled different aspects of this high calling, but perhaps my greatest teacher has been walking with God and observing His Spirit lead me into the practical aspects of the truths I’ve learned. So, now I have better understanding.

Many believers have not received in-depth teaching about living an overcoming Christian life—a subject that runs throughout the gospels and epistles and culminates in the book of Revelation. Some believers have heard messages about becoming an overcomer but find them too deep or too difficult to understand, so they turn away. However, becoming one who overcomes sin, the world, and the devil is one of the pinnacles of the Christian faith, as revealed by the Lord in Revelation 2 and 3, so understanding what it involves and pursuing the same are crucial. To this end, I want to share, in simple terms, a brief list of attitudes that characterize overcoming Christians. I’ll share from Revelation 14:1–5:

Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

In this scripture, the Bible describes a scene where the Lord Jesus Christ stands on “Mount Zion” with a company of people described as “the 144,000.” John, the apostle who received this revelation, heard several things about these people, and what he heard gives us insight into the lives they lived prior to the moment shown.

“Mount Zion” and “144,000” are used symbolically in this scripture. In the New Testament, “Mount Zion” does not refer to a physical location but to a spiritual realm (see Hebrews 12:22-24), and “144,000”, like other numbers in the book of Revelation, is not a physical head count. For instance, we know that when the Bible says in Revelation 5:6, “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne . . . , stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes,” the reference is not to a physical baby sheep with abnormal features, for in the verses that follow, we learn that the slain Lamb symbolizes the Lord Jesus Christ in His role as Saviour and the “seven eyes” represent the seven Spirits of God that are upon Him. Similarly, the “144,000” standing with the Lamb on Mount Zion does not refer to a physical head count; rather, it symbolizes a group of born-again Christians who have cultivated deep relationships with their Saviour, Jesus Christ. These believers are unique because of certain qualities found in their lives and in their walk with God. They are overcomers.

What then is this overcoming lifestyle? What attributes characterize overcomers?

1.They think like God (Revelation 14:1b). This sounds lofty, for who can claim to know God’s mind? Indeed, no one can unless God makes it possible. Thankfully, He has chosen to reveal His mind to His children through the Holy Spirit.[2]

There are two ways of thinking prevalent in the world today: God’s way and the devil’s. Those who adopt God’s way of thinking, like the 144,000, receive the mark of the Father on their foreheads (minds), but those who embrace the world’s way of thinking receive the mark of the beast.[3] To become overcomers, we must learn God’s way of thinking from His Word and make it our own. We must accept the things He says and strive to live accordingly.

2.They develop godly character and a holy lifestyle through their daily walk with God (Revelation 14:3). Overcoming Christians make the choice to involve God in every aspect of their lives. As they do, He teaches them His values, which they wholeheartedly embrace. They develop routines[4]and disciplines[5] that keep their spiritual lights burning bright and nurture the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. These choices, followed over a long period, lead to a lifestyle that’s patterned after Jesus Christ.

Because the development of their godly character occurs over a long time and involves intricate God-ordained experiences, others cannot imitate them by mere observation. Those who wish to “sing their song” must walk with the Master and learn from Him first hand. This is why the scripture says that “they sang a new song before the throne, . . . and no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.”

So when we go through experiences where we have to make sacrifices and deny our flesh in order to follow God, when we pass through circumstances that make us think, what’s the point of all this anyway, we should know that our submission to God not only pleases Him, but also develops in us attributes that will qualify us to be part of the 144,000 that stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion.

3.Their hearts and minds are fully committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. In the words of Revelation 14:4a, they are “those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins.” Paul the apostle gave an analogy that gives us insight into the meaning of these words. He said to the Corinthian Christians, “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (See 2 Corinthians 11:2-3.)

Like a woman devoted to her husband, overcoming Christians are fully devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One whom they seek to please in all things; all other authorities are secondary. As far as they are concerned, Jesus has the final say on everything. Like the three wise men who, to Herod’s chagrin, took a different route home after seeing baby Jesus, these Christians obey God even when doing so displeases others.

Overcoming Christians keep away from false teachers and from the idols of the world. They subdue all things in their lives that would compromise their loyalty to Christ, no matter how dear those things are to them.

Today, there are many people today who knowingly or unknowingly try to become lords in believers’ lives. They want to tell us what to do and how to live. Some mean well and others do not. But Jesus is our Lord. Indeed, He sends people to teach and guide us but we will find that those who genuinely represent Him point us to Him and not to themselves. When people are truly sent by God, their counsels give us wisdom and urge us to know the Lord for ourselves. Such people readily acknowledge that their roles in our lives are secondary.

True messengers teach us God’s truths but encourage us to look to Him for confirmation. They share their experiences but counsel us to seek His specific will for our own lives. Rather than think and decide for us, they encourage us to think for ourselves with the Lord’s help.

4.They go wherever the Lord leads them(Revelation 14:4b). Overcoming Christians source direction from the Father’s mind not from their sense of right and wrong. They are confident that every experience or place the Lord leads them into is good, so they follow Him. He is their good Shepherd, and they know He will never lead them astray. Even when the situations He leads them into are rough, they trust the Master’s heart and remember that He works for their good in all things.[6]

Following Jesus wherever He goes implies that overcomers do not go where He does not go. No matter how attractive or good an experience may seem, they refrain from associating with it if they do not have approval from the Lord. They reckon that He’s wiser than they are and, as such, submit to His will even when they do not fully understand it.

5.They live in truth (Revelation 14:5). Overcoming Christians live true lives before God. Paul, an overcomer in his time, said this about his life and ministry: “Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this” (2 Corinthians 4:1-3 NLT).

Overcoming Christians know that God sees their hearts, so they learn to live sincerely before Him. They are open about their thoughts and motives, knowing that He never condemns them but desires to make them better. Their hearts are pure and their hands clean. Their lives are consistent with what they preach, whether or not they are being watched by others.

Since they are still works-in-progress, they have shortcomings. They do not deny these shortcomings but lay them before God in search of His help and deliverance. They are eager to bring every aspect of their lives into the light of His truth; therefore, God does not consider them guilty.

Reflect & Pray

According to God’s Word, these five core attributes are present in every overcoming Christian. Do you see them in yourself? Do you see them in your church? Do not be discouraged if you haven’t developed much in these areas. Rather, purpose in your heart to do so.

Ask the Lord to teach you about becoming an overcomer. Ask Him also for the ability to understand the truths that He will teach you. Ask Him to work those truths into your life, and ask for the grace to respond positively as He does. Last but not least, ask Him to place you among a group of believers who are committed to pursuing the overcoming lifestyle under His guidance and authority.


Udeme Anosike

[1] Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-28 and 3:5, 12, 21

[2] 1 Corinthians 2:11-16

[3] Revelation 13:11-18

[4] Fellowship with God, Bible reading, prayer, fellowship with like-minded believers, etc.

[5] Obedience to God, death-to-self, surrounding themselves with things and people that strengthen their walk with God, etc.

[6] Romans 8:28