A succinct way of thinking about those the Bible terms the overcomers is this: they are the ones who find the union life with the Lord and function according to *Romans 8:2.
*Romans 8:2 [AMP] “For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.”
Living by this “law” is living by means of the life of the Indwelling Christ now in union – Spirit-to-spirit – within those born-again of the Spirit of God. Those with regenerated spirits. [See Titus 3:5 AMP.]
A key part of their identity is found as well in *Revelation 14:4 [The Living Bible].
*Revelation 14:4 [The Living Bible] “…For they are spiritually undefiled, pure as virgins, following the Lamb [the Lord Jesus Christ] wherever He goes.”
How do the overcomers stay so close to the Lord? For one thing, they posture their hearts and guard their hearts to stay sensitive to the Spirit’s communications and leadings.
A chief means of maintaining such sensitivity is to stay ever so sensitive to the Word. If the Word seems dull or fails to penetrate the heart, hardness of heart is setting in. The overcomers recognize this and are quick to invite the searching gaze of the Holy Spirit so as to ascertain the reason for any dullness, hardness, or distance from God that may be occurring. The operative truth is: “For the Word that God speaks is alive and active; it cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword: it strikes through to the place where soul and spirit meet, to the innermost intimacies of a man’s being; it exposes the very thoughts and motives of a man’s heart.” [Hebrews 4:12-13 J.B. Phillips]
Also, a practice that brings the constant companionship of Christ is that of inviting Him into every relationship and every situation. Invite His wisdom, invite His thoughts according to *[Psalm 139:17-18 The Living Bible], and invite His full orchestration of events.
*[Psalm 139:17-18 The Living Bible] “How precious it is, Lord, to realize that You are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day Your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, You are still thinking of me!”
Revelation 3:20 [J.B. Phillips] promises a spiritual feast inside by way of this practice. Christ’s promise is, “See, I stand knocking at the door. if anyone listens to My voice and opens the door, I will go into his house [manifest Myself within his inner man], and dine with him, and he with Me.”
And a word picture from the Psalms well portrays this sensitivity that God is after in His saints. Psalm 123:1 [The Living Bible] reads, “We look to Jehovah our God … just as a servant keeps his eyes upon his master or a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.” The overcomer desires close places in Christ; in a word – intimacy. Thus they choose to walk in an ultra-Spirit led way. Like David, their heart cry is, “As for me, I get as close to Him as I can!” [Psalm 73:28 The Living Bible] They say to the Lord, “Tell me where You want me to go and I will go there.” [Psalm 86:11 The Living Bible] Also they declare, “I long for Your instructions more than I can tell … Make me understand what You want; for then I shall see Your miracles.” [Psalm 119:20 The Living Bible] [Note the Psalm 119:20 key to the in-breaking of miracles out of God’s glory realm.]
In conclusion, a couple of writings further illustrate this ultra-Spirit led existence. The introduction to Bill Britton’s classic essay, “The Harness of the Lord,” defines the overcomer as one in “absolute confinement to the perfect will of God” i.e. the overcomer’s will is “harnessed” to that of the Lord. And in Britton’s parable, though “the training got harder than ever… he [the colt] was rapidly learning more and more how to obey the slightest wish of the trainer, and to respond to even the quietness of his voice.” Wearing the harness turns out to result in rest in God and a secret feeding and drinking from Him.
In Blessing Your Spirit by Sylvia Gunter and Arthur Burk, the ultra-Spirit led life with its instant obedience to the movements of the Lord also turns out to be a life of blessing. They write:
“I bless you with fulfilling the call of God on your life and living out the fullness of His will. I bless you with being in your Father’s time, not running ahead and not lagging behind, but knowing His will and doing His will in the right time, the right place, and the right way, with the right people alongside you. I bless you with knowing the things that He has called you to do. I bless you with … doing God’s work, God’s way….
Your Father will bless you with the right closed doors, because your enemy will try to get you to do the things that God has not designed you to do – good things, legitimate things, profitable things, honorable things, but your Father has not designed you to do them….I bless you with…being able to invest fully where God is positioning you….Your Father will bless you with open doors to walk forward in in His time, in His calling, for you to experience the joy of fulfillment of being everything He has called you to be at the right time and in the right place.”
“…I will guide thee with Mine eye.” [Psalm 32:8 King James]
For further reading:
“The Harness of the Lord” by Bill Britton. Search online.
Blessing Your Spirit by Sylvia Gunter and Arthur Burk. Available from https://thefathersbusiness.com.
How to Walk by the Spirit by Mark and Patti Virkler. Available from www.cwgministries.org.
The Great Mystery The Heart of Christianity: We no longer live – Christ lives through us by Mark and Patti Virkler. Available from www.cwgministries.org.
Led by God; Led from Intimacy. Strategic verses from the Psalms compiled by Katherine Bell. Request by email from email@example.com.