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…defined by what overflows from him, and as such it is not a matter of how large or how powerful he is, even though a feature of an overcomer is the ability to overshadow and not be overshadowed by problems. There are many persons and personalities that can figuratively and literally overshadow a situation or their opponent. However, the overflow defines the character and the nature of the overcomer.

The overflow is not what comes out of a person only, for many may speak from a lack or give from a lack, that is, many may pour out of themselves. But the overflow is that which comes out of a person because of the abundance they have, and in the context of being an overcomer, it is what overflows from the heart that counts. “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”[1]

An overcomer does not speak what is on his mind or in his heart for anyone can do that. Indeed, most of us do that all the time, we say what we have to say and then there is nothing more. In the context now of ministry, the overcomer, when he overshadows, is one who has massive overwhelming potential. When the overcomer overflows, it is in words first, rather than emotions, although it is the words that carry and express these emotions. Thus, the outpouring from an overcomer is not an overflow of emotions with clear direction and perception, as well as clear instruction and construction at all times, but it is the overflow of what is in their hearts unto their mouths in speech, praise and song, and even prophecy, whether in the languages of men or of angels.

Now, Jesus has already told us what is in the heart of all men. “For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.”[2] And these are the thoughts of our hearts all the time, as the Lord had testified: The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the Earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was evil all the time.[3] If these are the thoughts that govern a man’s heart, then what comes out through his mouth are words and sounds, even moans and groans that expresses evil, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. That is what comes out of you and me at anytime, and it does not have to overflow. These evils can be there and are there all the time, and if it overflows, we speak.

Thus, anyone who is unrepentant, even if they believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, will contain all these unclean thoughts motivating their speech at anytime. Thus, the overcomer not only needs to build up with practice line by line, but the purpose of his building up in the word of God and its practice is so that when he speaks from the overflow of his heart, he is speaking the word that he has practised and accepted in his heart.

Thus, those who, by their faith have received salvation, but have not put into effect the art of being an overshadower in laying up the words of Jesus line by line, and proving it in their lives practice by practice, can never speak with an overflow that will make them an overcomer acceptable to God as Jesus is. For when they speak, they are still speaking from the overflow of what is in their heart. You can pray that God changes your heart, and He does, but it is still up to you to fill up your heart with what He gives you. God can change the world as He did through Noah, but it was still up to Noah and his sons to change what they filled it up with. Even thought the world was made new again, Noah and his sons reintroduced into it, almost immediately, drunkenness, disrespectfulness and cursing.[4]

Now you might understand why the Lord had you read, highlight and write so many Bibles. It was done in the hope that you would hear, accept, retain, understand and persevere with the word of the Lord until not your mind but your heart was full of the words of Jesus, and your thoughts were always inclined to the words of Jesus. For only the words of Jesus have no sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly, and God could never say that thoughts inclined to the words of Jesus all the time are evil.

Jesus spent three years speaking His words into the hearts of His disciples in the hope that they would hear them, accept them, retain them, and persevere with them to understand them so that they could multiply 30, 60, 100 times[5] as much as to so fill their hearts that His words would overshadow all else that was in their hearts and they would speak from the overflow of His words.

What would have happened if Peter had spoken in Acts 1:20 from the overflow of his heart, a heart that was filled with the words of Jesus? He would never have quoted from Psalm 69:25 and 109:8, which you will see are not words that proceeded from the mouth of God but from the mouth of the psalmist. What would have happened if Peter’s heart was so full of the words of Jesus that these words came out instead? “Wait for the gift My Father promised, the Hoy Spirit.” “The Spirit will take from what is Mine and make it known to you.”[6] And in the situation of Acts 1:20, it means whom Jesus had chosen to replace Judas Iscariot with.

Look at the effect of Peter’s preach in Acts 2 when he spoke out the words of the Father, of Joel 2:28-32. Three thousand were added in one day. Unfortunately, through Acts 1:20, the whole plan was askew for Matthias had been added to the twelve in place of the one Jesus had chosen. If you have a twelve cylinder engine with a faulty piston, it will eventually break down and run out of power.

Now, you can see what was on the heart of James again, his overflow, the first words that came out of his mouth, the top level, were his own words. Brothers, listen to me, Simon has described to us…”[7] The two people at the top of his heart were himself and Peter, not Jesus. Thus, when I say the overcomer is defined by what overflows from him, it is clear that the words and the person who is at the top of your heart, not the bottom, is what defines you. What is at the bottom of your heart can stay there because it will never overflow out of you. It may be poured out of you, yes, but overflow, no.

The word “overflow” has no effort in it, it just comes, because the vessel has been filled more than it can contain. The word “poured” has an action implied because the vessel is not yet filled up. As such, overflow carries no effort because the effort was already made in the overshadowing stage. But, outpouring depicts an effort of tilting over the vessel, because not enough effort was made at the filling stage. So, if you are lazy initially, and short change yourself like the foolish virgins of Matthew 25, you will not have been filled up enough, and you will have to be poured out to see what is in your heart. However, if you are wise like the wise virgins, you would carry extra oil, that is, you would have enough spare oil to cause the lamp to overflow. That is what the extra oil means, the capacity to overflow. The foolish virgins had oil but had no overflow.

So then, the laying up of the words of Jesus in your heart must overshadow all other priorities until your heart is so filled with His word that it overflows from your mouth first. Not as an after thought and not as something that is poured out of the bottom of your heart after you have been tilted over or even turned upside down. The picture of a cup tilted over or turned upside down so as to pour out, speaks of displacement, disturbance and worse still, of being overturned. And displacement and disturbance are a good way to describe what persecution does to all of us; it displaces us from our place of peace and even sanctuary in Christ. It displaces us from our lives, our houses and even our families. It displaces us as war displaces people and turns them into refugees.

When our hearts still harbour the evils of Mark 7:21-22 in the bottom of them, the Lord permits persecution to tilt us over to displace us so that what is still in us is emptied out completely. Herein lies the reason why the Lord permits us to suffer persecution for the sake of Him and His Gospel, before we receive back the 100-fold of what we gave up in houses, fields, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children. Notice that the Lord never asked us to give up for the sake of Him and His Gospel what is in our hearts, for it is written: Jesus knew in His spirit… what they were thinking in their hearts…[8] and, Jesus would not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for He knew what was in a man.[9] Jesus does not expect you to give up what is in your heart, no, He expects you to repent of it continuously and replace it with His words made sure by practice. Thus, before the 100-fold arrives, He allows persecution to come to empty out of your hearts whatever has not been dealt with, that is, whatever has not been repented of so that the heart is ready to receive the 100-fold blessing of homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields.[10]

Persecution is hard on anyone, and I am the last person to make light of it, yet the Lord never intended for persecution to place us in the areas we often find ourselves. We are there only because we lost the power. See persecution correctly in its context from the Lord’s own words: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of Me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.”[11] “And whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”[12] With all due respect to our martyrs in Heaven, they are there by and large because we lost the power, or if the Lord permitted it, like in the case of Stephen, who, while they were stoning him, fell asleep, and Saul, who gave approval of his stoning,[13] replaced him.[14] You only need to see the sufferings of Paul to know that Jesus did not leave the death of Stephen unavenged.

And what is the consequence of having one’s heart so filled with the words of Jesus and your thoughts so inclined to His personage that it is what comes out first from your mouth? You have become one who always strikes the first blow, for out of your mouth comes the only double-edged sword. Out of your mouth comes the only words that are spirit and life, like fire and like a hammer. Life to conquer death, fire to burn anything that is unclean and a hammer to smash up what cannot be burned, for Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”[15] And the Father said, “Is not My word like fire and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”[16]

What other words can withstand the Spirit Himself, who is life, fire and a hammer? When you release the words of Jesus, you release the Holy Spirit first. If Satan was thrown out of Heaven by Michael and his angels,[17] how can he stand in front of the Holy Spirit? How can Death conquer life? Can any weeds withstand fire, or stones withstand a hammer? That is why what will overflow from you will define whether you are an overcomer.

So, what is your heart full of? What overshadows your heart? What fills your heart so much that it is what will burst through the gates first? James was wrong when he wrote: but no man can tame the tongue.[18] What he wrote in chapter 3 of his letter to the twelve tribes of Israel, who are those who rejected Jesus as the Messiah, is correct for them. For the tongue is controlled by the heart, and Jesus alone can create in us a new heart and it is He who gives us a willing Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to sustain us.

No, Jesus has tamed the tongue and the overcomer has also tamed his tongue, for from the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks. And fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.[19]

It is the cup that overflows that sweeps away the cup that is not full. AMEN


 

[1] Luke 6:45

[2] Mark 7:21-22

[3] Genesis 6:5

[4] Genesis 9:18-28

[5] Mark 4:20; Luke 8:15

[6] Acts 1:4; John 16:15

[7] Acts 15:13-14

[8] Mark 2:8

[9] John 2:24-25

[10] Mark 10:30

[11] Luke 21:14-19

[12] John 11:26

[13] Acts 7:59-8:1

[14] Acts 9:1-18

[15] John 6:63

[16] Jeremiah 23:29

[17] Revelation 12:7-9

[18] James 3:8

[19] Revelation 11:5

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