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Spiritual Warfare & The Book of Revelation

The Spoils of War and The Rewards of Triumph

There are spoils to war and rewards reserved for the spiritual warrior.

We already know from scripture God clearly gives rewards to those who make it their business to seek Him (see Hebrews 11:6).

It's a perfect combination when the Spirit of God is seeking hearts that are toward God and there are hearts that are seeking God.

As the apostle James indicates, this puts God and the seeker on a collision course (James 4:8).

At the meeting there is always a dynamic explosion that takes place.

The Book of Acts is a perfect example. There are incredible rewards for those that seek with all their heart, leaving nothing back from the battle hardened Leader, Jesus.

As The Book of Revelation opens, which is a book as we have been saying that pulls back the curtain on the spirit world and the ultimate battle of powers, we see Jesus coming to the 'ekklesia' (churches) in the various geopolitical regions and performing a review of the troops, pointing out their strengths, their weaknesses, further revealing to them who he is and discussing the rewards they can expect to receive as they move forward into the ultimate purpose for their joining him which is nothing less than total global exorcism of all evil and the spirits that animate evil on the earth.

The mission has never changed. It goes all the way back to the created purpose of mankind.

Now, as the Son of God is preparing his 'ekklesia',we have come to the rewards section;

Ephesus: The one that overcomes (succeeds, prevails, conquers, rises triumphant) will receive privilege to eat of the tree of life that is in the heart of the Paradise of God...

Smyrna: The one that overcomes (succeeds, prevails, conquers, rises triumphant) will never be harmed, injured, damaged or hurt by the second (the double) death...

Pergamos: The one that overcomes (succeeds, prevails, conquers, rises triumphant) will receive privilege to eat of the secret, concealed manna and will receive a white stone and in the stone a new, fresh and never ever before used name (rank, power, expression of person) written that no other man can know at the deepest and most intimate degree except for the one to whom it is given...

Thyatira: The one that overcomes (succeeds, prevails, conquers, rises triumphant) and tends faithfully to my business to its completion, I will give him power over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron (unbendable measure), like the vessels of a potter they will be broken up into pieces just as I have received of My Father...

Sardis: To the one that overcomes (succeeds, prevails, conquers, rises triumphant), the same will be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot out his name (rank, power, expression of person) but will joyfully honor and proclaim his name before My Father and before His angels...

Philadelphia: To the one that overcomes (succeeds, prevails, conquers, rises triumphant) I will make a pillar (permanent weight/responsibility bearing fixture) in the temple of My God, and he will no longer go out of it, and I will engrave on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God which is the new, fresh and never ever before known Jerusalem, which appears out of heaven from My God, also my new name...

Laodicea: The one that overcomes (succeeds, prevails, conquers, rises triumphant) I will grant to sit with me in my throne, in precisely the same way I overcame and am set down with my Father in His throne.

The operative phrase in all of these specified rewards of triumph is “to the one that overcomes”, the one who faces the challenge and moves through it and beyond it, rising above it, one who takes the test when it comes and passes it successfully based upon the promises of our inheritance.

There are tests that are the tests of Warriors’, tests of the heart and they are critical to the Spiritual Warrior attaining the greatest efficiency in the ways of triumph.

They are the opportunities for the application of faith.

There are many who think the following scripture is punitive, that God lashes out in anger when we make the slightest misstep, but to see it that way is to miss entirely the message of the Father not punishing, but training His son or daughter in the ways of success.

Picture if you will a young man or woman in a training scenario and let’s say it is training in swordsmanship against a foe. As the scene begins to unfold and sword clashes against sword the Father steps in with a long rod in His hand and touches the one He is training every time a less than perfect move is made, not in anger but in way of instruction, highlighting where a move was made that created vulnerability.

It is love that is training. It is experience from a Master of the Art of Triumph that is training.

My son, do not despise (melt away at) the chastening, the training, the instruction and the discipline of the LORD, or become weary, grieved or distressed at His correction, His reasoning, or His reproving of you.

For it is His love that is reasoning with you, adjusting and correcting you and reproving you just like a father teaches and trains his own son for success, so the son can live in triumph and joy, with great favor and a large and beneficial pay off (Proverbs 3:11-12, see also Hebrews 12:5-13).

So what then, if you don't overcome?

What if you face one of these challenges of the heart during the intensity of your training times and decide you don't want to go the distance? What if you say, “No, I don't think so. I'm changing my mind. That's not for me.”

There are two things that seem obvious.

First, the associated reward can't be imparted to you because the associated reward is linked to the associated permeation of trust in Christ within your heart and the power of the training.

The mission we are embarking on is critical.

Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for us all, passing grades cannot be given out without a passing score.

The second thing is as we have said, and it involves power to adjust things within the measure we are assigned is according to the adjustment we ourselves have experienced.

There are seven heads associated with the dragon which are seven powers similar to the seven nations Israel was to drive out of Canaan.

The adjustments within us as we are being trained, into the sameness of the heart of David (the heart of Jesus Christ) allow the flow of power to prevail over the power of the enemies we will face down.

Jesus went into the wilderness led by the Spirit, but he came out of the wilderness after the challenges in the power of the Spirit.

Did you know that Jesus had to go through his training days? Did you know Jesus had to learn the art of listening just like you and I do? Check out these words;

Even though he (Jesus) was a Son, he learned by practice to hear, and to follow the instructions by means of the things he actually experienced (Hebrews 5:8)

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