We are overcomers! We have overcome! So why do we still wrestle?
As praise and worship leader I've led this song:
John saw the multitude of the over-comers, and all of them were worshipping the Lord.
Some of them were singing
Some of them were shouting
But all of them were worshipping the Lord…
(Revelation 7:9-17; Revelation 12:10-12; and Revelation 19:1-16.)
One day it dawned on me; we are those over-comers. If we're washed in the blood of the Lamb - redeemed by His grace - we are those over-comers! We've overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:10-12)
John writes that he has already seen us.
God tells us He's seen the end from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:9-11)
Unlike God, we live on this side of the veil of eternity. Our finite brains wrestle with thoughts of infinity. But God has seen us overcome and He showed it to John. He's already seen us overcome - that means we are over-comers! No ifs, ands or buts about it!
So if we're already over-comers, why do we still wrestle? Here’s one point to ponder.
I dreamed a woman stole my bags. We left an airport in a hurry. She'd picked up my things and scampered ahead of me. I caught her and explained she must have mistakenly picked up my computer bag and purse.
'Oh, here!' she shoved my bag at me, still walking.
Fumbling through a tote bag containing several purses, she grabbed one and threw it at me.
'Wait, this one isn't mine.' It looked like mine, but had an ID badge clipped to it. 'It must be yours,' I insisted.
She ran. I grabbed her coat sleeve....
I woke up angry. She'd taken purses from others, too. Her bag was full of them.
God showed me that Satan is out to steal my identity. (John 10:10) Without my legal identity – I will wrestle for everything in life that is legally mine.
My true identity in Christ gives me the victory over Satan, makes me an over-comer. Satan is out to steal my identity so that I’m forced to wrestle for what God has already given me.
Ponder this – and let me hear from you!