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The overrunner is the one who overruns his enemies, not outruns them, as Elijah did with Ahab when the power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.[1] Elijah outran Ahab but did not overrun Ahab, for if he did, God would no longer have a king in Ahab whom He later had to hold counsel over, as He revealed to Micaiah.[2] At that counsel, our Lord permitted a spirit to become a lying spirit in the mouth of all Ahab’s prophets to entice him to his death.

When you outrun your enemy, you still leave him to be a problem. When you overrun your enemy, he is no longer your problem. The word ‘overrun’ denotes complete domination of the situation. Thus, the overflow is the outpouring that is unleashed like a pent up flood to first overrun the enemy, whatever the enemy may be and whatever the problem may be. And you have total domination over the situation in such a way that wherever the enemy is, you are there in far superior numbers and forces.

Elijah outrunning Ahab won a race, but did not dominate Ahab. Elijah running to Jerusalem with all of Israel in tow to offer the proper sacrifice at the place God had designated, would have unleashed a wave of repentance that would have caused Judah to overrun Israel, and the two nations would have been one again. Ahab and Jezebel would have been overrun by the development, both religiously and socially. There would have been no priests or prophets of Baal left to oppose the priests and prophets of God in Jerusalem as they went forth and preached repentance to the people of Israel.

We are not here to outrun the world, but to overrun the world so that the Kingdom of God is everywhere, leaving the enemy with nowhere to retreat. That is what overrun entails, to so dominate the field of conflict that there is no retreat and no recourse for the enemy, and our presence so fills the battlefield that the enemy is succumbed and laid siege to. Thus, it is not just outrunning, but an outpouring that covers the whole land so that no place is left untouched.

When you are in the overrun, you are not going to permit your enemy to co-exist, be they problems, devils or even persons, but rather they will be subject to your will, your whim and even have to pay you homage in order to effect a surrender. It is not a compromising peace treaty situation. Thus, to effect the overrun, the outpouring must be of a sufficient size and continue to be of a sufficient size, to cover and swallow up all that it touches, all the while pushing everything back before it.

When the people of God were obedient to Him in the Old Testament, they would overrun their enemies, even when it was a civil war, as it happened in Judges 20:40-45 when the Benjamites fought Israel. They surrounded the Benjamites, chased them and easily overran them in the vicinity of Gibeah on the east.[3] But when Israel was disobedient, they would find themselves overrun, as the Lord said, “Even if they escape from destruction, Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. Their treasures of silver will be taken over by briers, and thorns will overrun their tents.”[4] When applied to us, this verse means that even if we escape destruction by placing our faith in Christ, disobedience to God would mean that Egypt, which is the old world that enslaved us, would still bury us. The failure of those who believe in Jesus to obey the command to “Listen to Him” with the attitude of an overcomer, means that though the believer is delivered from destruction in the end, for now they are still caught up with the problems of the world and its temptations, and they still die like the rest of the world does. There is to date no difference between those who believe in Jesus and those who do not, for they all die. As a result of disobedience, we become overrun in our tents, which are our lives and possessions, and even our hearts with thorns, the place of life without fruit.

Thus, you either overrun or you are overrun by your enemies, especially Death. The absence of faith in Jesus’ words when He said, “and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die,”[5] and, “anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing,”[6] means that by and large we are overrun by the problems common to all people rather than overrunning them.

Thus, the ability to overrun is dependant on obedience; obedience to the commands of God that overshadow your life to the point that when you unleash them, they are like a pent up flood overflowing into your life and circumstances and the life and circumstances of all others. (By now, you must realise that the arrival of Jesus Christ means a serious change of circumstances of every person now living on this Earth.) Disobedience means that the problems will overrun you, and the lives and circumstances of other people will dominate you.

As the secret of the overflow lies in the penting up so that the overflow is not a trickle, the secret of the overrun lies in this command, “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”[7] When you are faced with situations and circumstances that you cannot change but have to go through them, then be prepared to go through them with double the effort for twice the duration that anyone is prepared for. Going the extra mile means going above and beyond that which is required, and when you achieve above and beyond that which is required, you dominate the situation.

Jesus was commanded by the Father to finish the work that He was sent to do as He Himself testified,[8] and thus He finished on the cross and testified, “It is finished.”[9] However, the Lord then went the extra mile and was made alive by the Spirit, through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.[10] That, as I have said, is one of many of Jesus’ extra miles, so that even hell has been overrun by the Gospel. Jesus did not just go and do what was prescribed for Him, but went where He was not commanded. It is like a river, not just running in its channels, but overflowing and running out over its banks to flood the surrounding countryside. The one who overcomes, like one who overruns, is one who floods the enemy and who inundates the land with the Kingdom of God.

As such, we are not just to heal a few sick or drive out a few demons. No, we are to overrun all the areas and lands of the enemy, like a river that has been released from behind a dam that flows out in all directions, leaving the whole landscape drowned. When the Lord released the flood in Noah’s days, it didn’t just come as an overflow, but it kept flowing until every high mountain was covered to a depth of more than twenty feet.[11] That is what is meant by the overrun that comes from the overflow.

So, now that you understand a bit more about overrunning, what do we do to apply it in the practical? The practice that is needed to acquire the ability to overrun our enemies is this: “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” In this world we are still being forced to do all sorts of things that we do not want to do and that should not be done. In our daily lives, situations develop where we are forced to go a mile, forced to comply with other people’s rules and regulations, forced to live amongst those who do not care to believe in Christ, forced to receive insults and accusations and persecutions, forced to hide our faith, and worst of all, forced to watch the wicked prosper.

Christ was forced to receive the punishment and walk His mile to the cross. He finished that and then went to hell on His own accord. Thus, by whatever standards the world puts on you and forces you to go, go the extra mile above what they tell you as practice, so that by whatever the standard that the Lord commands you to do, go the extra. In the overrun phrase, we must be like a river that bursts its banks and spreads out over the left and the right, going the extra mile for those who are against us and force us to go with them, and also going the extra mile with what we should be doing for the One who loves us. The overrun occurs when we learn to go the extra mile for that which we hate and that which we love so that nothing is left untouched.

Thus, in our reading, listening and practising of the words of our Lord that we are commanded to do, we should read more than needed or demanded, listen more than needed or demanded, and practise far above more than needed and demanded, applying it into every situation of our life, which figuratively speaking is our land, and the waters of life that spring forth in us, as Jesus said it would, should not be just a river in flood racing along its channels with pent up energy, but bursting forth to overflow and touch every part of our lives.

If we are practising multiplication, we should practise multiplying everything we have, even the number of enemies we have, for the more enemies we have, the more perfection, mercy and compassion we can receive as we pray for them. Do not limit your thinking to what is needed and accepted in the so called ‘Christian’ life as lived by the church that is in this world. Do not wait for Sunday service to pray for the sick, but pray for the sick anytime, anywhere, even a sick dog. Do not wait for a funeral to practise raising the dead, but raise any dead you find, even if they are cockroaches. Do not just change water to good wine when the wedding has run out of wine, but change water to good wine every day, everywhere. Do not just change the wood to gold in a poor man’s home, but change the wood to gold in every rich man’s house. Do not just pray for the elect to be kept alive till Jesus arrives, but for everyone, especially the enemies of our brothers, sisters and mothers in Christ to be kept alive to see Jesus arrive, so that they can see for themselves our brothers, sisters and mothers in Christ, whom they have been persecuting, receiving the reward from Jesus personally. Do not just limit your thinking to yourself and the Kingdom, like a river running its course, but begin to see that the way of the Kingdom of God must touch everything and everyone.

Overrun and dominate, which is to have dominion over the Earth. See yourself as a river that overruns the surrounding land, so that the land becomes the course of the river. We are not in a race to outrun anyone, but we are called to be a people who overrun the land just like Israel with 600,000 men pouring out of the desert like a flood heading to Jericho.

The power of the Lord that has been given to us is not for us to have a race with men like Ahab to outrun him, no, but to let it take us where it means to go. We will overrun all the plans, will and ways of men, that is, that which we say, do and are must touch them and leave them soaked and affected so that their former lives are ruined, just as a river bursting its banks ruins the crops and houses on either side. When we develop the ability to overrun, we have begun the ruining of the plans and works of those who are not in Christ. We may submit ourselves to do what they force us to do, but the result of our work will ruin them more than it affects us. “How?” you ask.

If all the wood in all the houses of the rich turned to gold, then gold would lose its value, and the rich would be no different to the poor. If the enemies of our brothers, sisters and mothers in Christ are not allowed to die, but remain alive till Jesus arrives, they will have to go through the days of distress themselves, but without the power to provide for themselves. Whatever they dished out on our brothers, sisters and mothers, they will experience 30, 60 and 100fold themselves. As we perfect our ability to do what Jesus did and do even the greater things, those who do not believe in Christ, but fear death, would have to come to us for healing just to stay away from death. The tactic of the overrunner is to pour hot coals on the heads of enemies by giving to them far above and beyond what they desire until they vomit it out of their mouths. It is the same tactic that the Lord used when the Israelites cried out for meat and He sent them so much that it started to come out of their nostrils and they loathed it.[12] See what the Lord said: “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” ’ ”[13]

See how the Lord supplies the meat they craved for. Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail in from the sea. It brought them down all around the camp to about three feet above the ground, as far as a day’s walk in any direction.[14] Now, you can say the quails overran the enemy, and indeed they did. As we turn our craving to the Lord, His word and His work so that our land is filled with that which we crave for, so likewise, we can bless our enemies with that which they crave for so that they would be literally up to their necks with what they crave for until it begins to destroy them and force them to turn to us for help.

Thus, the overrun of the overcomer is not just for the Kingdom, but it must overflow and touch everything to its left and right. It is not just about going the extra mile for those who force you, but those who love you. It is not about going the extra mile for things you love, but things you hate. The overrun occurs when the practice of the word of the Lord touches every single aspect of your life so that whoever touches you is also affected irrevocably. AMEN


 

[1] 1 Kings 18:46

[2] 1 Kings 22:19-22

[3] Judges 20:43

[4] Hosea 9:5

[5] John 11:26

[6] John 14:12

[7] Matthew 5:41

[8] John 5:36

[9] John 19:30

[10] 1 Peter 3:18-20

[11] Genesis 7:20 (6.9 metres)

[12] Numbers 11:20

[13] Numbers 20:18-20

[14] Numbers 11:31

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