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Even as the overflow spreads out to the left and to the right, the overcomer must be a person who not only has such abundance of word and power that the overrun of the overflow inundates all that lies to the left and right of the course of the overcomer’s life, but the overrun must have sufficient velocity to overtake all the enemies of the Lord so that there is no place of retreat for anyone or anything who exalts itself or themselves above the knowledge of God.

The Lord Himself said concerning those who “do not know how to do right, who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses,” that “an enemy will overrun the land, he will pull down your strongholds and plunder your fortresses.”[1] As such, we are to be as an enemy to all who do not know how to do right and no one who does not listen to Jesus and does not do what He says, knows how to do right, for the Lord alone is righteous. The overcomer in you must be so zealously jealous for the Lord God that, indeed you must appear to be an enemy, not a friend, to all who do not know how to do right. It is not whether they know how to do good as the people of the world would say, for since Jesus has declared, “No one is good—except God alone,”[2] then there is no one who can do good at all, meaning all are evil doers. Even the most compassionate well-meaning person is an evildoer by that definition, except unless they show an act of mercy, kindness or compassion to a brother or sister of Jesus. Then, in the eyes of God, they have done the right thing and deserve to receive a reward they cannot lose, which is “the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”[3]

Thus, your approach when viewed by those who observe you, must be like the view of people watching a river filling up about to overflow its banks and run over into the countryside. You must have a persona of action and word, even of plans and hopes that they must resist you in the same way as people would strive to build up the banks of a flooding river with sandbags to prevent the overflow overrunning their land. By the Lord’s own word, “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person.”[4] Anyone whom you do not resist is an evil person. Anyone whom you resist is not an evil person. Unless you meet with resistance in all that you do, plan or imagine for the Lord, then by the Lord’s word, when you meet with no resistance, you are in fact, doing evil according to the Lord, and when you are met with resistance from every quarter, then you are in truth, not opinion but truth, not evil and therefore good. Thus, if you approach the enemies of God peaceably so that they do not resist you, and they will not resist you if you are not a threat, then you are the evildoer. But when your plans and your actions are such that people call you “Beelzebub” and plot to kill you, even if it is only a wish, and they curse you, calling you all sorts of names, then because they have resisted you while you were seeking God’s Kingdom and His righteousness,[5] you are not evil, meaning you are good, like God who alone is Good.

No one in the church who does not desire to be an overcomer can even begin to understand this, but only those who seek to be an overcomer, as Jesus overcame and is the Overcomer of the World, can understand this way of thinking. It is for this reason that God has permitted to be orchestrated a huge battle at Armageddon where the armies of the world will fight to resist Jesus on His arrival as it is written: Then I saw the beast and the kings of the Earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the Rider on the horse and His army.[6] The massiveness of the resistance against our Lord and His returning martyrs is the proof of His and their goodness. If the beast and the kings of the Earth did not resist our Lord, then they have made our Lord an evil person by their lack of resistance. Thus, those we resist are good—declared good by our resistance.

Those we do not resist are declared evil by our non-resistance and will reap that which has been set aside for those who are evildoers, the vile. So the beast has a wonderful job to do, to create a resistance against Jesus so that by that resistance, Jesus is declared Good, that is, God. However, our lack of resistance to the rise of the beast, even though we know what he does is evil, will declare him evil by the Lord’s own words. Notice that I say we do not resist his rise, but by our knowledge of God, we will be resisting him firmly, for the Lord said, “but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.”[7] We will resist him by refusing his mark on our foreheads and right hand when the time comes, but we will not resist him as he rises on to the world stage to be the wonder that he will be, proclaiming peace, peace for all, as he successfully negotiates and gets signed the peace treaty of one seven. Thus, we will not resist his rise, but in fact, we will help him by creating situations of such abundance that a whole new system has to be created in order that buying and selling is not rendered meaningless by that abundance. Whatever the circumstances needed to help the beast come to the place where the establishment of his mark is a deemed necessity is what we will not resist him in. However, we will refuse the mark even if it means our death, and our death means that there is no one to resist him. Thus, we are to overcome the beast by not resisting him, and yet resist him firmly at the same time by refusing to take his mark on ourselves personally.

Thus, the overflow of the word and the practice of the word in us, as it reaches the overrun stage, must engender resistance as well as welcomes from others. Jesus said, woe to us if all speak well of us. Some spoke well of Jesus, but many more resisted Him. An overcomer is not a true overcomer unless he has resistance against him to overcome. Thus, our approach against those who hoard loot and plunder must be perceived by them as the approach of an enemy who threatens to overrun their strongholds and their fortresses, regardless of whether they are on our right or left, that is, regardless of whether they are deemed to be righteous or unrighteous. Even to those who profess to be Christians, our approach must be viewed by them as an enemy who would overrun their strongholds and fortresses, their traditions, beliefs and doctrines that have nothing to do with listening to Jesus or practising His word. Thus, it should be no surprise to you from now on that those who love James the Younger’s recommendations will consider us as agents of Satan, and those who do not know Jesus or love Him will consider us just as unethical and offensive so that they must resist us.

Therefore, do not fear the resistance, but I tell you, fear when you encounter no resistance, for the Lord has commanded, “Do not resist an evil person.” So the rush towards the strongholds and fortresses of the enemies of our Lord must not only have magnitude and reach, but have a momentum of such speed that we can overtake the plans, words and actions of all who have no love of God and Christ in their hearts. Thus, what we purpose to do for the Lord must overtake their plans so as to cause a ruining of their plans, hopes and dreams, until ultimately, the arrival of Jesus Christ over Jerusalem will put an end to and ruin everyone whose hearts do not love God, including that prostitute sitting on seven hills who boasts in her heart that she is queen forever.[8] The arrival of Jesus Christ will ruin the plans of all the kings of the Earth. However, we are not to dawdle or be idle so as to allow the plans of the kings of the Earth to come to pass before the Lord’s plans may come to pass.

The overcomer overtakes, not outruns, no, overtakes the enemies and cuts them off before they can reach their objectives and bring their plans to nothing. The spirit of overtaking that is in the overcomer lies in this verse of the Lord: “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.”[9] The attitude of the overtaker is the attitude of “now”. Now, we who reap what others have sown draw our wages. Now, we harvest the crop for eternal life. What do these words mean? Who is the Sower whose crop we are reaping? He is of course none other than Jesus, for He is the Farmer who sowed the seed in the Parable of the Sower where the seed is the word,[10] and He is the Landowner who sowed good seed in His field in the Parable of the Weeds.[11] And the crop for eternal life is the knowledge of God and His Christ.[12]

Thus, the “now” attitude is what is needed in an overcomer. We do not wait to go to Heaven to get to know the Lord and the Lord; we do it now. We do not wait to go the Heaven to perform miracles and signs and wonders; we do it now. We do not wait four more months for some healing evangelist to blow into town to get the blind seeing and the lame walking; we do it now. We do not wait for people to come to church before we share the Gospel; we do it now. We do not wait to get to Heaven to enjoy our rewards; we enjoy them now. We do not wait for the antichrist to be ready; we drag him out now!

Thus, even as we do what we can and submit to the course of time, we must always, in prayer and in deed, reflect that which we believe in now. So, even as we wait for our finances to grow to be able to buy enough food to feed 5000 people, we still take what we have, our 5 loaves and 2 fish, and give thanks, expecting God to multiply the food even as we work. That is the attitude needed for an overcomer so that he can overtake the enemy and cut off all their hopes, dreams and plans, even their established work, bringing it to nothing. In the same way, God overtook the rich man and said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you,” even as the rich man thought to himself, “Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” [13]

Thus, you must know and understand that when your plans are the plans of God, your thoughts are the thoughts of God, therefore whatever you purpose or will or imagine will overtake the plans, hopes and dreams of those who are not in the way of the Lord.

As we have this attitude of “now” as we reap that which the Lord has sown into our lives and that which He has sown into the world, then to those who have sown their own words and therefore their own plans, hopes and desires, we will be like ploughmen who overtake the reaper as the Lord said, “The days are coming when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman.”[14] Before those who do not acknowledge the word of God or do His will can reap their sowing, we are to plough it up and destroy it so that what they plan will come to nothing. Again in Amos, the Lord said, “All the sinners among My people will die by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’ ”[15]

Jesus did not give this warning to His disciples for no reason when He told us, “those will be days of distress unequalled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equalled again.”[16] No, the Lord has warned us that disasters will meet us, so be prepared so that we may stand firm, then not a hair on our head will be harmed. The Lord’s warning to all disciples has been to prepare for disasters, for persecutions, for resistance, for imprisonment, even for martyrdom and for days of distress unequalled since the beginning of the world, and that preparation requires our listening, practising and the following of His word with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thus, we are to practise the miracles of the Lord until that which we are doing, is viewed by the world that loves scarcity, as the abundance that would destroy all buying and selling. That is the speed we must attain, not tomorrow, nor in four months time, no, now is the day of salvation. Now is the day of deliverance. If the Lord were to come now, we are ready. That is and must be our attitude and our spirit that spurs our practice until that which we hope for and believe for, manifests to overtake all the hopes and dreams of the world that denies the testimony of God about His Son, like an enemy overruns the fortresses and strongholds so that ruin may overtake them by surprise[17] and what the wicked dreads will overtake him.[18]

Thus, for surprise to be part of the overtaking, then that which we plan, desire and pray must be in secret. Prayed alone with the Father watching so that we reap the reward now and no one except the Father knows what we have prayed, prayers agreed to amongst ourselves publicly so that they are done as the Lord has said, yet, no one else is any the wiser to what we prayed.

As Amos wrote: Therefore, the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil,[19] so our silence would appear to be a lack of resistance. In order to overtake the words and actions of the wicked, it is time we prove the Father true when He said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”[20]

The secret of overtaking lies not in what we say publicly, but what we pray in secret, thus when we have taken captive our thoughts and made them obedient to Christ, we are ready to punish. AMEN


 

[1] Amos 3:10-11

[2] Mark 10:18

[3] Matthew 25:34

[4] Matthew 5:39

[5] Matthew 6:33

[6] Revelation 19:19

[7] Daniel 11:32

[8] Revelation 18:7

[9] John 4:35-36

[10] Matthew 13:3-23 (see v.24); Mark 4:3-20 (see v.14)

[11] Matthew 13:24-30

[12] John 17:3

[13] Luke 12:20, 19

[14] Amos 9:13

[15] Amos 9:10

[16] Mark 13:19

[17] Psalm 35:8

[18] Proverbs 10:24

[19] Amos 5:13

[20] Genesis 11:6

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