The One Who Conquers…
Being a conqueror, not a coaster
“ To the one who conquers I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
Do you ever find yourself coasting in life? Just getting by? It is so easy to fall into this because we are all so busy and tired all the time… In revelation, Jesus is talking and many many times He mentions the phrase “ To the one who conquers…” and then gives an amazing promise. These promises are motivation, something to look to and trust when we are growing weary and tired in our race. I am going to list these promises and verses, but first we need to address what it looks like to be a conqueror. How do we run as conquerors and not coasters?
- Run with endurance. Hebrews 12:1 “ Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us.” God will give us strength to run with endurance. 1 Timothy 6:11–12 “ But you, man of God, flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith…” A conqueror is one who pursues righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
- Going along with endurance, run with perseverance. Proverbs 24:16 “ For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” What is encouraging about this passage is that even when pursuing righteousness and godliness, we will fall, and there is freedom and grace to get back up and keep running. you don’t have to start over. That is perseverance. Run like this. A conqueror perseveres through trials.
- A person who fights luke-warmness and disciplines himself in faith. Faith is a discipline just as much as it is anything else. To fight the fight of faith and to fight being a coaster, we have to discipline ourselves and follow Jesus’ example. Mark 1:35 “ Very early in the morning, while it was dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Jesus disciplined himself. It is not easy to get up early in the morning before the sun comes up to pray, but He knew the importance of it and made it happen. Lets follow His example and see the importance of disciplining ourselves in our faith.
- One who trusts in the Lord with all of His heart. We all have heard proverbs 3:5–6 many times “ Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.” A conqueror trusts in the Lord fully, everyday. Wake up and trust Him, when you get to work and its a struggle, trust Him, when a trial comes, Trust Him. He is always faithful. Isaiah 26:3–4 “You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you. Trust in the Lord forever because in the Lord, the Lord himself, is an everlasting rock.” Being a conqueror doesn’t always mean war or fighting, it also means the peace and rest that comes from trusting in the Lord. Oh what rest there is when we meditate on Him and trust in Him.
- The last point and most important point I will make is to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. The one who keeps His eyes on Jesus always sees the prize of being a conqueror. If your head is down and your eyes are focusing on the tiredness or circumstances that are screaming at you, you will sink faster than ever. The devil is relentless and the voices of everything around us are so loud! Look up and fix your gaze on Him. Fix your focus on Him and read his words. He is our prize. His love is our fuel. Romans 8:37–38 “ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angles nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we fix our eyes on the glorious reality of Jesus, who He is, and what He has done for us, it always brings hope into our circumstance. Being a conqueror is being someone who looks to Jesus, hopes in Jesus, trusts in Jesus fully, and “ purifies themselves, just as he is pure.” (1 John 3:3) Jesus knew our road would be full of times where we would grow weary or burdened. Matthew 11:28–30 “ Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” What a beautiful remedy to being weary and burdened in our race.
During the season of life you are in right now, whether good or bad, strive to be a conqueror. God is patient and gracious and will “ finish the work he started in us.” He is our “ Refuge and strength”. Although we are not perfect nor will we ever be perfect in the life, we are called to be conquerors. Philippians 3:12–13 “Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I have also been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead.” Let us follow Paul and “ Make every effort to take hold of it”. And let us also follow His example of “ Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead.”
We are not called to be coasters. God does not want us to just meander through life and coast. He gave us many passages of scripture to warn us against coasting. Luke 13:24 “ Strive to enter the narrow gate…” Matthew 7:13–14 “ Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” 1 Timothy 6:12 “ Fight the fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life which you were called when you made your confession in the presence of many witnesses.” As you can see from these passages, we have to be careful not to coast and not to just follow along in life. God will provide grace and strength to fight the fight of faith. No matter how hard it is, He will not let us down and leave us to our own strength. Rely on His grace and strength and look to Jesus while trusting fully in Him, and you will be a conqueror.
Revelation 2:7 “ …To the one who conquers, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:11 “… The one who conquers will never be harmed by the second death.”
Revelation 2:17 “… To the one who conquers, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
Revelation 2:25 “ The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end: I will give him authority over the nations…”
Revelation 3:21 “ To the one who conquers I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I also conquered and sat down with my father on His throne.”
We are conquerors through Jesus being a conqueror. He conquered death and “ for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) Take courage that He is for you and He conquered the world and the devil for you! How much more so will He give us strength and grace to be a conqueror like Him. When you feel like you are failing, which we do many times, take these passages of scripture, points, and promises and look to what is ahead, resting in the full assurance of what Jesus has done for us and what He has conquered for us.