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"He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death." -Revelation 21:7-8
What a promise, glorious in its simplicity! Overcome and be God's child. Overcome because you are God's child. But, to overcome will cost us. Namely, that cost will be born out in our abandonment and rejection of those things that pull souls into the second death. At one point or the other we have all been marked by our own part in this wickedness - cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, etc. But, by Christ's blood we overcome. Your part, your inheritance, is with God oh child! Only demonstrate courage and belief and reject the filth that seeks your demise. As the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."* Take courage believer. Overcome. Rule over sin by Jesus' blood.
"And He said to me, 'It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to Him who thirsts.'" -Revelation 21:6
Fullness is found in Christ. He is all encompassing, the A to Z. You can't make words without an alphabet and Christ is the whole thing! He encapsulates the Beginning, and was with God in the beginning*. He enfolds the end of all things and all time is subject to His command. What does One so powerful set His mind to? Domination? Conquest? No! Although, all dominion is His by right as the maker of all things. In all of His omnipotence He has set as His purpose giving living water to those who thirst. By His service our hearts have been won to Him. The dryness of our souls is quenched through Christ. That One so powerful is concerned with our thirst, and our need, is truly profound. Take and drink thirsty soul and you'll never need to draw again.**
"Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' And He said to me, 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'" -Revelation 21:5
God alone is our maker, our creator. We are all as clay in the Potter's hands. As a master sculptor He reshapes us from our damaged past forms - cracked and broken as we are. He makes us new. This much we have experienced here and now in the hands of our Lord. We wait with longing expectation for the day when He will make ALL creation new - finally restored in whole. We are certain of this coming day because we are the proof of His power to make new things and His words are ever true and faithful.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.