In Revelation chapters 2 & 3, Jesus is speaking to the church. These chapters follow a pattern in which Jesus states five following things to the seven churches:
- Who He is,
- An affirmation to the church He is speaking to,
- His charge against the church,
- The consequence the church will face due to charge He has brought against them,
- The promise to those who overcome.
Everything about these chapters captivated me from being amazed at every marvelous trait He is to being seized with reverential fear over the sins He addressed to being excited about the eternal promises He gives to those who overcome.
I know that the end days ahead of us will be filled with persecution and hardships, so I was particularly worried with how I could stand through those trials and overcome to obtain the promises. I began to question myself.
“Am I strong enough?”
“Can I fight hard enough to overcome?”
“Will I be able to do it?”
Notice here I was only thinking of what I could do in my own strength. I immediately went to the scriptures to see how in the world I was going to be able to be victorious and overcome. I knew there had to be a better answer than me trying to do it on my own because in all these years, I’ve learned how far my own strength can get me. Not real far.
1 John 5:4-5
“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
You mean all I have to do is believe to overcome?
I don’t know why I was so surprised by this. After all, that is how we obtain eternal salvation–believing that Jesus is the beloved Son of God who took upon the shame and doom of our sin to rescue us from the kingdom of darkness and eternal damnation.
I found another confirmation of this need for faith in Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57:
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We need Jesus so much. Without him we are so limited in everything we do. He has proven this to me a thousand times. I always try to do things in my own strength, but when I finally give up and let Him take control, it works out every single time. Usually, in a way that I could have never even imagined.
My prayer is that I will learn to put my faith in Jesus in all things from the beginning so that I don’t have to fall on my face so many times. It really is that simple–believe on Him. I encourage you to let go and trust Him.
When you worry that you are not enough and that you can’t do it, you are right. You can’t–not without Jesus. Now, with Him, you can do all things. You can persevere and overcome to obtain the eternal promises that he lists in Revelation 2 & 3. I encourage you to read those chapters (click here to read) to both address any sin you may have in your life as well as understand that He magnificently rewards those who overcome through faith in Him.