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2006

Displaying Understanding
The Prologue

James the Younger wrote to the twelve tribes of Israel in his letter to them: Show me your faith without
deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.1 So we have men of all religions displaying their faith
by what they do all over the world. If faith is displayed by action, then what displays knowledge, wisdom
and understanding? If works are a proof of faith, then what is the proof of knowledge, wisdom and
understanding, and how does one display them?

Just as works display faith, then knowledge is displayed by words and wisdom is displayed by thoughts.
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.2 Thus, you can display what you
know or do not know by what you say, and since it is from the fullness of the heart that overflows unto
the mouth,3 so your words display what you know in your heart and what instructions you have applied
your heart to. Since the heart of man is wicked so that no one can understand it except God, then the
hearts of men have stored up the instructions of the wicked, and the words of men display their
knowledge of evil. Indeed, Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual
immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”4

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, for the heart of fools blurt out folly.5 Since silence gives
fools wisdom, then wisdom is displayed in the thoughts of men’s hearts and minds, a place which is
hidden from the judgement of fellow men, but a place where only God can venture for God knows the
thoughts of the hearts of men. In the same way, Jesus, God the Son, who never relinquished His ability
to know the thoughts of the hearts of men, asked the Pharisees, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in
your hearts?”6 So, what Jesus said He will judge, according to what He hears, is not only by the spoken
word, but His judgement will be based also on the thoughts of our hearts. No wonder King David
pleaded, “Create in me a pure heart, O God,”7 for he understood it was from the thoughts of his heart
that gave rise to the adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah. For the words and the actions
follow the thoughts.

It is also why when Phinehas followed the Israelite man and the Moabite woman into their tent and killed
them - cold blooded murder you say – he was honoured by God with these words: “he was as zealous as
I am for My honour among them.”8 For it was in the heart of Phinehas to honour God, not murder or
lust. Thus, although actions may display faith, and words may display knowledge, but wisdom is hidden,
unless you know the thoughts of a man; and who can tell you those thoughts except the Holy Spirit who
even knows the thoughts of God, even His deepest thoughts.

So, be not childish or immature, let no one impress you by their actions or their words, but stand in
silence to hear the thoughts of men’s hearts as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you. Being not in awe of
deeds and words is a sign of budding maturity, for the false prophet and the anti-Christ will try to deceive
with wonderful actions and pleasing words, but their hearts contain thoughts of the highest degree of
wickedness, which is the forsaking of God. For that is what they have in mind as they declare
themselves to be god and his prophet and fight against the will of God as they try to prevent the return
of Jesus. From now on, consider no one worthy if their thoughts are not set only on the arrival of Jesus
Christ, for the first thoughts, which come out of a man’s heart, are evil thoughts. But men and women
whose words and actions are always directed towards preparing themselves and this world for Jesus’
arrival, have a clean heart already, for their thoughts are not God forsaking, but God focussed, focussed
on the same thought that is now and has been on the mind and heart of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit -
the arrival of Jesus Christ for His millennial reign. Even as far back as Isaiah, God was already telling us
of His plans for Jesus’ millennial reign. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, (or Wonderful,
Counsellor,) Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and
peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His Kingdom.9

The rejection of Jesus Christ as their King, by Israel before the government of Rome, is the proof of the
wickedness of the hearts of religious men in their flowing robes, and as it was then, so it will be now.
Anyone who finds the thought of Jesus Christ reigning for a millennium over the Earth repugnant has a

1
James 2:18
2
Proverbs 23:12
3
Luke 6:45
4
Matthew 15:19
5
Proverbs 17:28; 12:23
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Matthew 9:4
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Psalm 51:10
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Numbers 25:11
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Isaiah 9:6-7

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wicked heart, a God forsaking heart. That is why the heirs of man, who will rebel at the end of the
Millennium, will be destroyed by fire out of Heaven without warning, even as they surround the camp of
God’s people.10

However, the presence of wisdom is merely the beginning of maturity, for fullness of maturity is reckoned
by the presence of love, agape love, that is not of the kind of a child to a Father, but the love of a Father
to a child and reciprocated not by a child or teenager to the Father, but by a fully grown Son who is
Himself ready to be a Father and is a Father. Jesus, when He said to His disciples, “My children, I will be
with you only a little longer,”11 for the first time showed the fullness of the maturity of His love, and He
returned that love to the Father as a Son, who Himself now being a Father, understood the Father’s love
for Him. Not that Jesus did not have that pre-existent understanding, but for our sake, He addressed His
disciples as, “My children,” to give us a sense of progression of growth in love. The growth of love begins
as a journey of faith where you believe. Children, who believe their parents and obey what they say,
show this early love. It grows to knowledge, for children in their later years of childhood and teenager
years begin to know this love and display it because they know their parents. Those same teenagers,
who begin to think about their parents and consider their parents, display the third step in the growth of
love, that is, the love of the wise. But those who reach adulthood, and are themselves ready for
parenthood, will begin to display the love of those who are beginning to understand. For you and I, this
journey can take a lifetime, and many, sadly, never complete it.

For God, the journey began at the other end: His love for us begins with understanding us, with
thoughts that always are mindful of us, words that show that He knows us, and actions that display He
has faith in us.

Thus, understanding is displayed by love, the love of a Father for a child. So, when Paul wrote, for in
Christ Jesus, I became your father through the gospel,12 he was not using that term in defiance of Jesus’
command, “And do not call anyone on Earth, ‘father’ for you have one Father and He is in Heaven.”13 But
rather (and here we owe Paul an apology), he was saying to the Corinthians that his love for them was
like that of a father to a son; that he loved them with understanding.

Thus, understanding is not displayed with deeds, words and even thoughts, but with love, and the
greatest of all love is the love that understands. God is Love, and He alone understands all things, even
before a single thing was made. As such, the power of the overcomer is not his deeds, words or
thoughts, but rather his understanding displayed in love. Indeed, love that understands will prevail over
love that believes, love that knows, and love that is mindful with thoughts, for the love that understands
can never be disappointed or dismayed or destroyed by faith or lack of faith, by knowledge or lack of
knowledge, or by thoughts, whether evil or good.

The fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil offered only knowledge of good and evil, for God
said concerning Adam and Eve, “The man has now become like one of Us, knowing good and evil. He
must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the Tree of Life and eat, and live forever.”14
Adam and Eve came to know good and evil after they had eaten the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil, but they did not understand it. Had they eaten of the Tree of Life first, they would have
understood Life; that is, they would have known and understood God who is the Life, and then they
would be able to see Good and Evil in its true perspective and see why God hates evil with His soul.15

Now can you see Jesus crucified before the foundation of the Earth, whose love of God started with love
that understood God, not love that believed in God, knew God, or thought of God. This is why even when
the Father forsook Him on the cross, His love for God was not deterred, and He continued His work and
finished it, and still committed His spirit to Him who forsook Him even after He had done exactly what
was commanded of Him. We are to be witnesses who not only know, believe and understand God, but
we are to testify that Jesus’ love for God was not based on faith, knowledge or wisdom, but on
understanding. That Jesus didn’t just believe in God, know God or thought mindfully of God to save His
soul, but He understood God enough to even wrestle His soul for God, so that being made alive by the
Spirit in the spirit, He went to Hell to preach,16 the place where souls are held in torment awaiting the
day of their destruction in the Lake of Fire.

So, the church at full power is the church that listens to the Holy Spirit and does exactly what He says. It
is the church that loves God as Jesus loves the Father, and is a church that loves with understanding.

10
Zephaniah 3:8; Revelation 20:7-9
11
John 13:33
12
1 Corinthians 4:15
13
Matthew 23:9
14
Genesis 3:22
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Psalm 11:5
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Such a church is the church of the overcomer, worthy of He who overcame, and is filled with overcomers.
They are overcomers not because they displayed their faith by their deeds or their knowledge by their
words (James the Younger knew his scriptures, but his words showed he never understood Jesus when
he declared his so-called judgement in Acts 15). Indeed, the church of the overcomers does not display
their love by their thoughts, but far superior to thoughts, for the Lord has given His overcomers
understanding before a single thought is conceived, a single word is formed and a deed acted out.

That is the calibre, the true calibre of an overcomer. He is the One who understands, and by His
understanding, overcame before He displayed His faith, sprouted His knowledge and made known His
thoughts. The world sees an overcomer as one who is declared as one by the result of the test, but God
sees an overcomer as one who understands the result before the test begins.

So, if you can understand the consequence of the result of Jesus not coming back to Earth and the result
of Jesus being back on Earth, before He arrives, you are already an overcomer and have overcome the
world and its faith, even your own.

Thus, the Overcomer was pre-existent before the test began. He understood the result without the test;
the test only made known the result that had to be achieved. God alone is truly the Overcomer - Father,
Son and Holy Spirit. They are the Overcomers and therefore, to be overcomers we must be like Them, to
come to the place where we understand the result of the test before the result is declared.

As such, there are characteristics and behaviours of the Overcomer that we must understand and have
before the test comes. By understanding what an overcomer is and what he does to achieve success
makes us an overcomer before the test begins, and no results are needed to declare that we are indeed
overcomers, merely the proof of what we have always been. If we love what and who we understand
and understand what and who we love, we cannot fail, can never fail and therefore are already
overcomers, just as Jesus had overcome the world, the devil and even our faith before a single creation
was made.

So lend your ears to the art of the Overcomer who achieves His success by overshadowing, overflowing,
overtaking, overpowering, over throwing, overturning and overwhelming all that lays before Him.

NB. See next page for The Art of the Overcomer

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The Art of the Overcomer


Overshadowing

The first thing we have to learn in order to manifest the Overcomer who is in us, is the ability to
overshadow all that is before us. When the angel Gabriel told Mary, the virgin, of the impossible miracle
that would happen through her and to her, he used these words: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”17 Overshadow meaning cover, meaning to cover
to such an extent as to engulf. It gives the picture of a cloud overshadowing the land, or a tent, or a
person, but even such a picture is inadequate and does not give the true meaning of ‘overshadow’ from
God’s perspective. For we know that though a cloud may overshadow a house, the cloud compared to
the land and sky is still small.

When God uses the word overshadow, it is used in the context and the picture that there are only two
objects, the One who overshadows and the one who is overshadowed. There is no third object of
reference when it comes to size, like the land on which the house stands, which is overshadowed by a
cloud that is bigger than the house but itself is smaller than the land. Because we are confined to the
Earth, we do not see the true meaning of God’s context of ‘overshadow’. From God’s perspective, there
is no third point of reference, just you and Him, and in that context, see the Universe as a pea in the
ocean, and the whole ocean is God.

Thus, when you can understand what the word overshadow means from God’s context, it means
overwhelmingly more than enough, therefore failure is not even a thought, or a whisper, or a concept,
but success, full-blooded success is guaranteed.

Now, from this perspective, look with fresh eyes at Genesis 1:1-2: In the beginning God created the
Heavens and the Earth. Now the Earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the
deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Hovering over the waters like a cloud
hovering over the sea is the image we are used to, a small cloud over a vast ocean. Because that is the
image we see from these words, we are conformed to the likeness of Adam and his image. We see a
small God hovering over a large expanse of water, like a cloud hovering over an ocean, and because we
see that, even the word overshadow means lack and insufficiency. So Adam saw that he lacked the
Knowledge of Good and Evil, just like Eve did. And all sons of Seth, who are all those descended through
Noah, have always seen God in their image, a Universe that contained God and not God who contained
the Universe.

Now, see God the Spirit hovering over the waters like the entire Universe hovers over the Earth and you
will begin to see the all sufficiency of God’s power that overshadowed Mary, which was why the virgin
birth of Jesus Christ was never an impossibility but a surety. (Pun)

God is God the Overshadower, for in Him all things have their being and existence, and not outside of
Him. The beginning of the understanding of God is when you can see Him for the Overshadower He is.
You see the Painter now, good, now learn the science.

17
Luke 1:35

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That which Overshadows All

“…but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded
Me.”1 Before a person can come to the place of the overcomer in Christ, the attitude of humility must
first be firmly established. These words of Jesus put the whole picture in the correct perspective. From
creation to salvation, resurrection, and to the eternities beyond, this verse sums up what it is all about
and that which we are to bear witness of. We are witnesses of Jesus Christ, yes; that He is the Son of
God, yes; that He died and rose again, yes; and that only in His Name can men be saved, much less be
healed, yes - all of that is true and correct in their proper context.

However, it is time to see the complete overview, and that is to bear witness to the relationship of God
the Son to God the Father, and indeed, to the relationships between God and God and God, Father, Son
and Holy Spirit. For too long, the focus has been on God’s relationship with us and our relationship with
God. This is a focus that is needed for those who are growing towards maturity, just like a child is self-
centred in their relationship with their parents. However, as children grow, the relationship should, if
those children are filial, become parent-centred so that they may learn to be parents as well. Now, it is
time to realise and see the relationship of Jesus Christ with His Father. Jesus said, “I will not speak with
you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on Me, but the world must learn
that I love the Father and that I do exactly what the Father has commanded Me.”2

If Jesus had not done exactly what the Father had commanded, there would be no perfect sacrifice, no
atonement of our sins, no salvation, no healing, and no peace for us. No man before Jesus Christ and
since Jesus Christ had been able to fulfil the commands of God exactly, not even Moses. Adam did not do
exactly what God told him to do; we are the evidence of that until Jesus came into our lives. In fact, the
catastrophe of the world is the proof that man did not do exactly what the Father commanded. Not even
the great Moses, for when God told him to speak to the rock, Moses struck the rock and lost his place in
the Promised Land. The nation of Israel did not do exactly what God the Father commanded them, so
they lost the Kingdom, and to this day, their descendants are paying the price of that disobedience.

Only Noah was able to do everything just as God commanded.3 To be fair to Moses, God gave Moses
more commands than Noah, although the task of Noah was equally arduous, if not more so. Although
Noah can be used as the example of the reward of a man who did exactly what God commanded him,
Noah is only a model of the perfection that came through Jesus Christ. Indeed, Noah is an excellent
example for those God believers who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Son of God; for Noah did
what God commanded him and he inherited the Earth. Noah was the meek who truly inherited the
Earth,4 and the only other man besides Adam who could say he had dominion over the whole Earth.
However, Noah was not obeying God at the risk of his life. Noah was obeying God to save his life, that is,
the command of God to Noah was that Noah should save his life. “I am going to destroy, put an end to
all people… So make yourself an ark.”5

As such, Noah is a poor model of the obedience displayed by Jesus Christ to God’s command. For God’s
command to Jesus Christ was that He lay down His life, as He said, “The reason My Father loves Me is
that I lay down My life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own
accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from
My Father.”6 Jesus wasn’t laying it down to save His Father’s friends, but to save His Father’s
enemies, for all have sinned and are enemies of God. So, the obedience of Jesus Christ exceeds even
the obedience of Noah, the only man who did everything God commanded him, which is why figuratively,
through the flood, Noah became the second Adam, the man through whom all of mankind would come
also. Adam was the first Adam, and Jesus was the last Adam, one an image and likeness of God and the
Other, the Exact Representation of God, not an image. Noah was an image of the last Adam, a man who
would do everything God told him. However, Noah’s motivation was self-preservation whereas Jesus’
motivation was self-sacrifice.

There are many who are God believers and are chosen by God, chosen to do specific tasks, which change
the course of history, beginning with Noah. Most people, like Noah, are inspired and motivated to obey
God out of self-preservation. Noah obeyed because, if he obeyed God, he and his family would be saved.
All of us came to Jesus Christ out of self-preservation so that we would not be destroyed, so that we
would be healed, and so that we would be delivered out of our bondages be they spiritual or physical.

1
John 14:31
2
John 14:30-31
3
Genesis 6:22
4
Matthew 5:5
5
Genesis 6:13,14
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We came so that we would be forgiven and be brought back into right standing with God. We prayed so
that God would answer our prayers. We obey the commands so that we will be blessed. It is self-
centred and self-preserving, which is why all men are descendants of Noah at best; and at worst, they
show themselves to be descendants of Adam, self-seeking, and having no regard for God’s command.

If your growth and maturity have always been directed and inspired into Christ-likeness, that is, being
like Christ, or as the term ‘Christians’ implies ‘little Christs’, then coming to this place and position is a
must. For Christ’s obedience to the Father’s command carried no self-preservation motivation, only self-
sacrifice. He was to lay down His life, this is the command He received. Some would say, “Yes, but He
was to take it up again.” That is true, but if you thought that would make it alright, that it would make
the sacrifice any less painful, then you have never sacrificed, for the sacrifice itself is a journey into pain
and suffering, not pleasure and delight. The standard fare we offer to people to attract them to Jesus is
the promise of comfort and joy, even pleasure and delight, but rarely is the message of self-sacrifice,
pain and suffering mentioned, because it is not what the many want, only the few.

So, the words of the Lord, “Make every effort to enter through the Narrow Door,”7 comes to mind, but at
this Door to the Kingdom of God, He need not say, “…because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will
not be able to,” for many will not bother at all. Even as Noah built the ark, no one helped him except for
his family, and when he entered, no other men or women outside of his family joined him. If they will
not believe Noah, they will not believe you. It is because we do want people to believe and be saved that
we preach the gospel that offers self-preservation to the multitudes, but for those who aspire for the
more, it is the Gospel of Self-Sacrifice, which is the true gospel. For in it lies the true likeness of Christ.
At this point, it is imperative that I point out that the Gospel of the Self-Sacrifice of Christ is not the
powerless counterfeit offered by some denominations where they preach a life of self-sacrifice and
servitude as well as obedience without a shred of miraculous power to do whatever they wish. Christ’s
sacrifice was done as a Man full of miraculous power, able to preserve Himself with a word, who then laid
down His life and refused the temptation to preserve Himself by another way.

It would be like Noah having the power to stop the flood yet choosing instead to take years to build the
ark so that God could do exactly as God wanted. But Noah was powerless to stop the flood, and as such
he could only obey God and build the ark to preserve himself and his family. All men are powerless to
stop themselves from dying or healing themselves of cancer or the like, so to compare any man to
Christ’s obedience is to find a man who could heal himself or keep himself from dying, yet chooses to lay
aside that power to obey God’s exact chosen way, even if it meant pain, suffering and death.

As such, make it plain in your own heart and mind that there is no man who is the equal of Jesus Christ,
for He alone is the One who had the power to preserve Himself yet chose to obey God exactly. He even
allowed Himself to be handed over to Satan and to sinful men and then to Death, the unholy trinity of the
enemies of God – Satan, men and Death - to be betrayed, made subject to the lies of Satan, the cruelty
of men and then murdered by Death, because that is exactly what the Father commanded Him to do. For
God did not command Jesus to lay down His life by a quick beheadment, or in our times, a bullet in the
head, but a slow tortuous path to death on a roman cross.

Jesus said, “The world must learn…” therefore someone must teach the world that Jesus loves the Father
and has done exactly what the Father had commanded Him, even to death on the cross. Someone must
teach us, the church, and that person is the Holy Spirit, which is why He alone, the Holy Spirit, is the One
Jesus commanded the churches seven times: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying
to the churches.”8 If we have not learned, then we cannot teach others. That is why you’ve had to learn
to recognise His Voice that He might teach you and you might hopefully learn that Jesus loves the Father
and has done exactly what the Father has commanded Him.

Now see if you can, that salvation in Jesus’ Name is the proof that Jesus loves the Father and has done
exactly what the Father commanded. That the healing of the sick and the driving out of demons is the
proof that Jesus did exactly what the Father commanded, because it was the stripes, which Jesus took on
Himself exactly as the Father commanded, that healed us. So, from now on, we do not seek to heal the
sick to preserve them, to bless them or to give them a little sweetener, or even a bribe that they come to
Jesus, but see that every healing is the proof that Jesus loves the Father and obeyed Him exactly. See
that every blessing that can be received and manifested in His Name is to teach the world and to prove to
the world that Jesus loves the Father and obeyed Him exactly.

It has nothing to do with us, our ministry, our lives, or our reputation; no, the days of self-centredness
must come to an end for you and me. It is no longer God watching over you, but you watching over God,
watching over God’s household and watching over God’s reputation.

7
Luke 13:24
8
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So then, the arrival of Jesus Christ over Jerusalem is not for our benefit, but for His benefit, so that the
world will know He is who He is, and that He loves the Father and has continued to obey Him exactly,
even arriving on the day appointed by the Father and not by Himself. For Jesus has clearly said, “No one
knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”9 So
then, even the day He arrives shows us that He obeys the Father exactly in all that He commands.

So, why did Jesus do that? …Because the Father is a tyrant? No, Jesus obeyed the Father exactly, not
only because He loves the Father, but to show us how much the Father deserves to be loved because He
is so good—the only Good Father, the only Good God, that He deserves to be obeyed exactly, even if it is
death on a cross.

Now, it is time for you and me to appreciate the generosity of God, and how easy He has made it for
those who believe in Jesus to be like Jesus. For God’s command to us is not a command of self-sacrifice,
pain, suffering and sorrow, no, but a simple command of these words: “Listen to Him,”10 whom He
commended to us, saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”11 Here is where
God deserves all the praise, for anyone, anyone who loves God, can do exactly what God commanded
them as Jesus did, if they just listen to Jesus. That’s it—no sacrifice on the cross, no death on the
roman cross, no flogging—and you have become like Jesus in the Father’s eyes if you love the Father and
do exactly what He commanded: “Listen to Him (Jesus)!”

That is why you must never insult God and treat listening to Jesus as a burden, nor should your ears itch
to hear the voice of men instead of Jesus. Now, do you see what an offence that is to God when He has
given you the opportunity to be like Jesus in His obedience to the Father through three little words,
“Listen to Him”? Yet, you and I have fled to listen to other men and their words, but as you shared your
delight in listening to Jesus with others, they have disdained it. That is why even though we are
considered a cult because we only listen to Jesus, practise only His words, and follow only Him, we
must always consider it a privilege and a joy. For truly, it is a privilege and a joy beyond words and
boasting that God the Father should show His love to us through Jesus, His only Son, and He also gave
us the ability to obey as Jesus did, exactly, by simplifying the command to “Listen to Him!”

Noah had to build an ark to obey God.


Abraham had to leave home and wander a land not his own to obey God.
Moses had to build a tabernacle, as well as govern and provide for millions of rebellious people to obey
God exactly.
But we only have to “Listen to Him (Jesus)!” How much far superior then, the blessing? How much
easier the yoke and lighter the burden God has given us?

So, as a sign of your appreciation of what God has done for you, solving the problem of teaching and
making the world learn that Jesus loves the Father and has done exactly what the Father commanded
must overshadow all other priorities. When you can bring yourself to this state of mind and your
thoughts captive to Christ’s heart cry, “the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly
what My Father has commanded,” and allow this one problem to overshadow all your other problems, to
allow this one ambition to teach the world that Jesus loves the Father and has obeyed Him exactly,
overshadow all other desires, then you are ready and have already overshadowed all other desires and
ambitions of the world.

You have become an overcomer who is the overshadower, for that is what the Holy Spirit is waiting for,
one and ones who would make it their task to teach what Jesus wants to be taught to the world. This is
what Jesus wants the world to learn: His love for the Father and His obedience so that not only is He
glorified, but the Father may be blessed by a world that has learned to love God and obey God just as
Jesus does. This is the Way Jesus came to show the world, how to love the Father and how to obey Him
exactly. This is the Life Jesus came to give, the life of One who loves the Father and obeys the Father
exactly. This is the Truth Jesus wanted to show us about the Father, that He desires to be loved and
obeyed exactly because God alone is Good.

So, leave behind your childish ways and leave behind even your sibling ways. For the brothers of Christ
did not believe Him and James stood up with a judgement that could not teach the world the love that
Jesus had for the Father, but only dragged the infant church back to a lesser light. So the world has
never seen that Jesus loves the Father and has obeyed the Father exactly, and even now is obeying the
Father exactly as He waits at the right hand of God for the appointed day of His return, a day that only
God knows.

9
Matthew 24:36
10
Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35
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Take up the way of true servitude and friendship as brothers of Christ who serve Him like a servant, and
yet will only say to Him, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty,”12 when we have
learned to love God as Jesus does, and obey God exactly as Jesus does.

So, in everything that we think, say and do, as we listen to Jesus, this one thought, one verse and action
must overshadow all else: “The world must learn that I (Jesus) love the Father and that I (Jesus) do
exactly what My Father has commanded.” This is what must overshadow our lives, and if we let
ourselves be overshadowed by Christ’s desire, then our wishes and desires will overshadow all others.

That is why, in the days to come, do not fear what others fear, nor call conspiracy what others call
conspiracy, for the priority of God overshadows all priorities of men, the plans of God overshadow all
plans of men, the stature of God overshadows all men, and the Kingdom of God overshadows all the
kings of men. And we, who make God’s priority our priority, God’s plans our plan, God’s stature our
stature, God’s Kingdom our kingdom, will overshadow all that is before us. AMEN

12
Luke 17:10

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Overshadowing Power

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you,”1 said the
angel Gabriel to Mary, the virgin, and that which was accomplished to fulfil these words is the reason we
are here now. For if there had been no virgin birth of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, there
would be no acceptable sacrifice for the atonement of our sins some thirty odd years later. Have you
seen the similarity of these words to the words of our Lord Himself, when He said, “But you will receive
power when the Holy Spirit comes on you”2? It means that we have been overshadowed by the same
power of the Holy Spirit that put Jesus into the womb of the virgin Mary and not only overshadowed her,
but that same power is for us if we receive it for what it is.

As much as the word ‘overshadow’ means to have a larger object hover over a smaller object, it is
important for you and I to see that the angel said to Mary, “and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you,” which is the same power that we have received from the Holy Spirit. We have not
received power to light a candle, but rather that same power that produced the virgin birth is in us, and if
it is enough to do something as impossible as a virgin birth, then it is enough to do anything else that
may be just as impossible, if not more impossible.

As such, it is important to see that the power available to us far exceeds the size of the problem that
needs to be solved, and it is the same power that started Jesus on His road to Calvary that is now in us
to bring Him back to the Mount of Olives. As Jesus has said, we must count the cost, which means we
must take stock to see if we have the resources to finish the work we started.3

Noah is our human inspiration, one man with maybe the help of his three sons, assuming all three helped
him. Or is it possible that one said yes and didn’t; another said no and repented, whilst the third said yes
and did it? Is that why Noah is the man with three sons and not one, two, four or more sons? Look at
the immensity of the problem facing Noah: One man and his axe facing the whole world, one man to
build an ark 400ft x 75ft x 45ft high, and then to gather a pair of each animal4 to bring them into the ark.
It is literally using a mustard seed to move a mountain. And what a mustard seed Noah proved to be! If
we are to speak of overshadowing, then surely we have to say the size of the work overshadowed Noah.
However, Noah was never overshadowed by the size of the work God gave him to complete, but rather,
he overshadowed the problem. Noah was bigger than the problem that faced him and he overcame the
world of his day and its faith by obeying everything that He heard from God and persevering at it even if
it took him 120 years. Obedience and faithfulness to that which he heard and from whom he received it;
that was Noah’s secret.

Likewise now in the present situation, we are the present day ‘Knower’s’ preparing the ark for the day of
Jesus’ arrival. Noah did not allow the problem or the task at hand to overshadow him, but he
overshadowed the problem by dogged perseverance in cutting down tree by tree, laying down plank by
plank and each nail at a time, knowing that he had the time to finish the task if only he didn’t stop.

The art of the overshadower is not to be overshadowed by the problem, but to overshadow the problem
by laying down the answer to the problem line by line, day by day, precept by precept, until the answer
to the problem is completed. So Noah cut down the trees one by one to make the planks he had one by
one, laying down one by one with each nail one after another, knowing that the sooner he started, the
sooner he would finish if he did not stop. It does not say Noah sat down and worked out how long it
would take him, because to Noah, it did not matter how long it would take, but as long as one plank was
laid down after another, he would eventually finish it. So he grew, as it were, the ark plank by plank, nail
by nail.

That is what you and I have to do – grow – line by line, command by command, practice by practice,
success by success, and if we were to look up and say this would take us one hundred years, we have no
reason to fret or complain at all. For Noah was told that the Spirit of God would not contend with men
for more than 120 years in his day, but the Spirit of God has already contended with us 2006 Julian
years. Noah had a fixed schedule but we don’t, yet nevertheless, we are like Noah who knew he would
and could outlive 120 years, for his father lived to 777 years and his grandfather lived to 969 years. His
understanding of the problem in terms of time available was that it would take about one fifth at most of
his lifetime, even at 500 years of age he still had 277 to 469 years left, time enough.

1
Luke 1:35
2
Acts 1:8
3
Luke 14:26-33
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So, the first lesson in the art of overshadowing is to realise we have more than time enough, regardless
at what age we start from, be it 18 or 88, because Jesus has given all who live and believe in Him an
unlimited time extension when He said, “and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”5 If we hold
onto this with all our faith, then you’d realise that we would also have to extend the lives of our enemies
and detractors if they are to live to see our faith proved true, which is why our prayer for those who
oppose us must be to keep them alive till Jesus arrives.

Thus for the overcomer, time is of no consequence, and you do not assess your time by the years left of
your life, but your time by the work left to do to prepare for the years of LIFE. For your life shall not
cease until all your work is done if you believe in Jesus’ words of John 11:26. Even if Jesus is not
scheduled to return for another 10,000 years by the Father, then rest assured, you will have more than
enough life and time to last the 10,000 years, for whoever lives and believes in Jesus will never die. The
mindset and the actions prompted by your faith must be as mad as that of Noah’s in building an ark in
the middle of a forest in a world that never rains, to prepare for a flood. So do not say you are too old or
too young, neither fear what others fear – old age and death – for you will see neither before Jesus
arrives, even if it is 10,000 years from now.

The second lesson of the art of the overshadower is to have a mindset different from all others. God
said, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. As the Heavens are higher
than the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”6 Herein
then are the words of the OVERSHADOWER, our ways and thoughts must be at all times higher than
others so as to overshadow, like a taller building overshadows a shorter one. It means our ways must be
more noble, more generous, more gracious, more patient and more loving, not just bigger or larger and
higher on moral grounds. That means, our ways must be that of the Lord’s and our thoughts must be
that of the Lord’s. Jesus is the Way and the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of the Father. So the ways
and thoughts of the overshadowers are found only in the practise of Jesus’ words as we follow Jesus’ way
under the supervision of the Holy Spirit.

If we followed men’s ways, doctrines and traditions, we will never overshadow the ways of men. So
recognise that we must seek ways that are not men’s ways and thoughts that are not men’s thoughts.
What men consider foolish is wisdom to us; what men consider impossible is fait accompli for us; what
men consider wealth and riches is poverty for us; what men reject is what we accept; and so forth.

The mindset of the art of overshadowing is to find ways that no one else can go, and we go there. To
think in ways men cannot think, as Phillip said, “Eight month’s wages would not buy enough bread for
each one to have a bite!”7 …when faced with feeding the 5000 men. That is men’s ways and thoughts!
Jesus’ ways and thoughts are 5 loaves and 2 fish, thankyou very much Father! The way you think, the
way your thoughts lead you will determine whether you have begun to practise the art of overshadowing
as an overcomer. As such, your thinking must not be futile like the thinking of the world is futile, but like
the Lord’s. How you think will determine what you say, for whatever the heart is full of will come out
from the mouth, and your heart can think as God has testified that God saw… that every inclination of the
thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil all the time.8 When you are lifted in your thoughts, you will
be lifted in your ways, and likewise, so your words will reflect the way you think.

The third lesson in the art of overshadowing is in the art of saying. As Jesus said, “If any one says to this
mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he
says will happen, it will be done for him.”9 However, everyone has been struggling with faith and doubt
in his or her own words. So the art of overshadowing is to say words that have no doubt and need no
faith for them to come to pass. The art of overshadowing is to always speak the words of the Truth, not
the truth, but the words of the Truth. For truth as men know truth, has no life, but it is the words of the
Truth that have life, and as such, they are able to create and change the future from the present. In
order to overcome the enemy, it is neither enough to not lie nor enough to speak the truth or what is
true, but only to speak the words of the Truth, for His words are prophetic and timeless, outlasting even
Heaven and Earth. When Jesus said, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My words will never pass
away,”10 He just showed us the words that would overcome all things, even the destruction of Heaven
and Earth.

People pray and believe that which they say will come to pass if they do not doubt, for that is the Law of
Faith, and it works for all people, not only Christians, just like the Law of Gravity. In order to overcome

5
John 11:26
6
Isaiah 55:8-9
7
John 6:7
8
Genesis 6:5
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Mark 11:23
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faith as Jesus overcame faith, we have to speak words that are indestructible and require no faith for
them to come to pass, and these are the words of Jesus. Practised, expert use of the Lord’s own words
in all situations will allow us to overcome the past, the present and the future.

To give you an example, one verse of Jesus that will overshadow all other prophecies and plans is: “Yes,
I am coming soon.”11 These words will come to pass even for those who do not believe them, and the
outworking of these words will destroy all the prophecies, plans and works of all others. Thus, the art of
overshadowing lies in the ability to apply yourself to the work and actions that will outlast those of
others. Herein lies the moral strength to do what you say, to practise what you preach and to live by the
words you say. If it is your own words, then your actions would not last, but if it is based on the words
of Jesus, which you have heard and have spoken, then just as the house built into the rock overcame the
river, rain and wind, so the overcomer learns to overshadow all the actions and works of all others by a
dedicated practice of the words of Jesus, just like Noah laying plank after plank, nail after nail in an
unceasing rhythm, not counting when he could finish the work but working till it is finished.

Finally, the art of overshadowing lies in a dogged, patient endurance, which is not distractible. Many are
patient, yes, and try to endure, but fail because they are distractible. If you are distractible, you are
destructible. When Noah was working with the wood, you can be certain that he had his fair share of
splinters and bruises from the wood, and from his own hammer as well as the taunts and doubts of his
family, friends and enemies. He would have had well meaning friends counselling him to give up and
enemies who taunted him to give up, and even his own wife perhaps. I mean, how many wives would
put up with a husband who goes and puts 120 years into a hair-brain scheme like building an ark for a
flood in a world where there are no oceans or rain? You must not allow splinters to distract you for
splinters are the little details that irritate you. Do not be overly sensitive, feel them, get them out, and
get on with the task.

You must not allow bruises and broken fingers to distract you, bruises and fractures produced by you
when you hit your own thumb and hand. Do not let your failures and weaknesses distract you. Your sins
and your sinfulness is no obstacle, ever, when you walk the Way of the Overcomer.

Do not let the opinions of your family, friends and enemies distract you or stop you, for they were not the
ones God spoke to, you are. Even if you heard wrong, your faith has already pleased God and God will
work out the way to deliver you from your error, for “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you
have received it, and it will be yours,”12 when your actions prove you have no doubt anyway. So, if what
you say is based on the Truth, you will never be shaken.

So then, learn the art by firstly destroying the tyranny of time, change the way you think, consider what
you say, and do what you say without ever giving up. Just like Noah, you will see your reward, and just
like Jesus, you will have obeyed the Father exactly in what He commanded as you hold on to listening to
Jesus and His words.

Then that same power you have is the power that overshadowed the virgin Mary, therefore nothing is
impossible for you too. AMEN

11
Revelation 22:20
12
Mark 11:24

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Hidden in the Shadows

“A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea,” Elijah’s servant reported to him, so Elijah said,
“Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” Meanwhile, the sky
grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of
the Lord came upon Elijah and tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to
Jezreel.1

Reading this passage on its own, it sounds perfectly fine. Elijah’s perseverance in faith had born fruit, so
much so that James the Younger used him to encourage the Israelites to pray like Elijah in his letter to
the twelves tribes. The rain and wind came, and Ahab was made witness to the power of God with the
miracle of seeing Elijah outrun him to Jezreel. It sounds fine and looks fine until you read on and see the
fruit of this display of power. Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all
the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me,
be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah
was afraid and ran for his life.2

You wonder if he ran faster for his life than he did against Ahab. What happened? He overcame the 400
prophets of Baal and outran Ahab’s horses, but was overwhelmed with fear for his life. Elijah’s mistake
was that he did not wait until the cloud had grown to full size, overshadowing the whole land, before he
sent word to Ahab.

As overcomers who are learning the art of overshadowing our foes, the most important thing we have to
learn is what Jesus commanded many times, “See that no one knows about this,”3 to many whom He
healed, including the blind. In our immaturity and our need to impress, we have often been premature in
our declaration of what God intends to do and is doing, without a better plan, that is, to use what people
can see us doing as a screen to hide the real intention of the battle. Whenever Jesus said, “See that no
one knows about this,” they would go out and tell everyone. Had Jesus told them to tell everyone about
it, they probably would not have. The purpose of Jesus’ words is twofold. One, to teach those of us who
listen to Him that there is a time of waiting before we declare what we know to the world. This time is to
allow the measure of the power of the message to grow just like if Elijah had kept silent as he watched
the cloud grow, and not told Ahab through his servant. The effect on Ahab when the storm did come
would be greater, and more importantly, Ahab would not have seen Elijah outrun him to Jezreel. Elijah
had already told him, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of heavy rain.”4 That should have been
enough, for while Ahab was eating and drinking, the downpour would have hidden the power of God
coming on Elijah. Elijah would have gone to Jezreel without Ahab knowing and Jezebel would not have
been able to seek him out, for the second word to Ahab, followed by the sign of him outrunning Ahab,
forewarned Jezebel. Jezebel attacked Elijah and Elijah lost the element of surprise, and in the end he
fled, not Jezebel.

So again, be reminded, do not see as others see and hear as others hear, even that which is of the Lord’s
way. For when Jesus told them not to tell, He knew that they would tell the very thing He told them not
to, for the news of Him as a great miracle worker would galvanize the Sanhedrin into doing the very thing
that God wanted them to do to Jesus. The Sanhedrin was told, “What are we accomplishing? Here is this
Man performing many miraculous signs. If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and
then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”5 Remember, they came to
this conclusion because of the raising of Lazarus. John wrote: Therefore Jesus no longer moved about
publicly among the Jews,6 as if He was afraid of the Sanhedrin. Jesus had, by John 11, performed so
many miracles that His ministry had overshadowed all previous prophets including Elijah’s, except for
Moses. Yet, at the same time, Jesus never told the Jews the purpose of His ministry except to speak of it
in parables. So the Sanhedrin members were concerned about the loss of their position and their nation,
while Jesus was really concerned about the recovery of what the Father had lost through Adam and the
establishment of the Kingdom of God that would overshadow even the glory of Israel at its peak.

The true purpose of Jesus’ ministry was hidden from the lords and authorities of this world, otherwise
they would not have crucified Him. If the Sanhedrin had allowed Him to live and take over their place,
then Jesus would have failed in His mission. If the people of Israel did not demand His crucifixion, there
would have been no Lamb of God slain for the sins of the world. An all powerful preacher and prophet

1
I Kings 18:44-46
2
1 Kings 19:1-3
3
Matthew 9:30
4
1 Kings 18:41
5
John 11:47-48
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working great signs and wonders is not what God wanted from Jesus. If however, the Sanhedrin were
not roused to oppose Jesus out of their fear of loss of their position, Jesus would not have been crucified.
So, Jesus allowed the reputation of His miracles and signs and wonders to overshadow His true ministry,
so that it was hidden from view. In the same way, that downpour at Mount Carmel as the cloud
overshadowed the land would have hidden Elijah as the power of the Lord came on him, and the Lord
then spoke to him again. However, Elijah did not wait, but having forewarned Ahab to go to Jezreel,
used the power of God to outrun Ahab to Jezreel.

Stop and think now, and see if you understand. Why would God want Elijah to go to Jezreel? What was
at Jezreel that would have any strategic significance for the Lord? None at all! Yet Elijah went there and
encountered Jezebel’s threat and ran away in fear. That must tell you that Elijah was in the wrong place,
just like the twelve were in the wrong place in the middle of the lake7 when Jesus approached them,
which was why they were in such fear. As disciples, not just believers, but as ones who have been called
into the five-fold ministry like Elijah the prophet, fear is a sure sign you are in the wrong place and that
you have not listened. The reason the Lord was angry and approached with a great and powerful wind
that tore the mountain apart, was because Elijah was not where he should be. When God asks you,
“What are you doing here?”8 it means you are not where He wants you. For if you are, the Lord will not
need to ask the question.

Now see if you can begin to understand the tactic of the Overcomer, the Lord. In Elijah’s time, what
was the strategic location? It was the Temple in Jerusalem. With the priests of Baal all slain in Israel
and the people of Israel now in repentance on Mount Carmel, it was the most strategic and opportune
moment for the Lord to have Elijah in Jerusalem at the Temple to offer the sacrifice there with King
Jehoshaphat. Here was the opportunity; the priests of Baal are slaughtered and the people are in
repentance. So now forget about Ahab and Jezebel and go to Jerusalem, offer the prescribed sacrifice
there and let the power of God be displayed there to declare the Lord’s favour on Jehoshaphat. It was an
opportune strategic moment for the Kingdom of Israel to be made one again, the house of Ahab
destroyed and the house of David exalted and all the tribes under David’s house again. A repeat of the
display of the power on Mount Carmel at the Temple Mount; one of destruction of false prophets and
rebuke of a rebellious king and the other of exaltation of the true prophets and the obedient king. What
business did Elijah have of outrunning Ahab on his horse?

Likewise, what business did Jesus have of outrunning the Sanhedrin in their ministry? None! Jesus’
strategic move was not to dethrone Herod or take over the Sanhedrin, no, for He had defeated Satan to
the point Satan has no hold on Him. Now Jesus would move on the very thrones of Death and Hades
themselves through death on a Roman cross. Not even the Roman Empire was of concern to Jesus, but it
was to defeat Death and take the keys of Hades, for then Jesus would cut off all retreat for Satan and he
would have no strongholds left. The kingdoms of the world would be just a mop up operation. That is
what Jesus did, waited till His ministry overshadowed the Sanhedrin’s and used the outpouring of their
rage, jealousy and hatred to shield His true purpose.

Had Elijah waited in that pelting rain downpour, hidden out of sight of Ahab, he would have been told,
“Go to Jerusalem.” When the outpouring had lifted, Ahab would not have known where he was, and
Jezebel’s threats would have no ears to fall on for Elijah would be safely with Jehoshaphat. And as the
people of Israel poured to Jerusalem in repentance, the overflow of that repentance would have swept
the house of Ahab away and all the ten tribes back under the kingship of the household of David. Now,
understand what happens when we do not learn the art of waiting until the cloud overshadows the land
and we do not wait for what the Lord may truly have in mind, but because we have a victory over the
enemy, because we have our prayers answered and because we have the power of the Lord come upon
us, we take it all to outrun the kings of the world to where they are staying.

This time, there can be no race between the man of God and the king of the world and no Jezebel to
impress. It is not a matter of doing things better than the world, not having better music, bigger
buildings, larger crowds or more popularity, but rather to take it to the place where God has appointed
and to meet with the King of the household of David. The signs and wonders we shall do will bring in a
wave of repentance like it did on Mount Carmel, but if we take it to where the Jezebel lives, we will be
defeated and God will have to ask us, “What are you doing here?”

But the day the Lord sees His elect gathered on the Mount of Olives to honour the King from the
household of Judah, He will not have to ask this question at all, but only have to say, “Come up here.”9
You’d wonder now if Jehoshaphat was waiting for Elijah even as the news of the victory at Mount Carmel
filtered through to him.

7
Mark 6:45; John 6:17
8
1 Kings 19:9
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If we learn what it is to be overshadowers and wait for the overflow to happen, taking the victory and
the power to where God has appointed and not where it seems good to us, then the Kingdoms of Heaven
and of God will be under one King on Earth as it is in Heaven, just like Israel and Judah would have been
restored to one king. God did want Israel to be restored, but Elijah missed the point of the victory.

In the midst of the outpouring that comes from the overflow of the power of God of signs, wonders and
miracles, with great repentance from the people in this time, we do not go to Jezreel where Jezebel lives,
but to Jerusalem where the Son of David reigns. The outpouring is not for new denomination, new
churches, new congregations, new outreaches or new work to be laid down and planned for the next 100,
200 or 500 years, as if Jesus is not returning. This mighty revival is merely to hide the true purpose of
God on Earth made ready for the arrival of His Son, Jesus Christ.

So there is a time of waiting, waiting for the growth, like the ark of Noah grew plank by plank, fixed in
place nail by nail; a time of waiting, adding one miracle to another and then another, one practice to
another, one success to another, until like the cloud grew until it overshadowed the land and could no
longer hold itself in but poured out the rain on Israel. So likewise, we wait until we are so filled with
power, practice, success, words and gifts that we minister not from an outpouring but from an
overflowing. For the clouds after they have poured their water out are no more. But now we are to be
like clouds that pour down the rain from the overflow of moisture held so that the rain will never stop.
An outpouring will empty the vessel, but with an overflow, the vessel remains full.

As the Lord said when He declared the way of the Overshadower to us, “For My thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. As the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are My ways
higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”10 So now likewise, just as Elijah should not
have had a race with Ahab to go to Jezreel first and Jesus’ true purpose was not to be made King of
Israel by the people of His day, nor to take over from the high priests and Pharisees their religious role,
so we are not to think as others think, nor walk the Way as others walk. It is not our work to pray for
rain to end a drought for there will be other droughts, nor work for social justice to disperse despots and
install good governments for there will be more despots. Nor to feed the hungry, clothe the naked or
heal the sick as others do, for they will be hungry again, naked again and sick again. No, the overcomer
must overcome the temptation to maintain the status quo and bring about the End Game. The need to
end the game, to end the times, must overshadow all else. Teaching the world that Jesus loves the
Father and did exactly what was commanded Him is completed by showing the world that Jesus
continues to obey the Father exactly, even in waiting for the day appointed by the Father for His return.

So, what is the Father waiting for and watching for? He is waiting for His elect who understand the
purpose of the time and the opportunity and do what others do not believe and do not know. Had Elijah
understood, he would have gone to Jerusalem, not Jezreel, but the desire to maintain the status quo,
having a divided kingdom, was too much for him.

So, do not be distracted from that which you are called for, for the fruit you are to bear is not just of the
Spirit nor to find yourself standing in Heaven being welcomed by Jesus, but to be standing on the Mount
of Olives welcoming Jesus. Others will find you strange and offensive, but what is stranger and more
offensive: a church dressed up like a prostitute laying down with the heathens of the word while
professing holiness, or a church at full power waiting for the return of their King and Lord?

So, consider your ways and your thoughts; whom have we so feared that we will not wait until the Lord
speaks to us from the overflow of His heart? AMEN

10
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The Overcomer is…

…defined by what overflows from him, and as such it is not a matter of how large or how powerful he is,
even though a feature of an overcomer is the ability to overshadow and not be overshadowed by
problems. There are many persons and personalities that can figuratively and literally overshadow a
situation or their opponent. However, the overflow defines the character and the nature of the
overcomer.

The overflow is not what comes out of a person only, for many may speak from a lack or give from a
lack, that is, many may pour out of themselves. But the overflow is that which comes out of a person
because of the abundance they have, and in the context of being an overcomer, it is what overflows from
the heart that counts. “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”1

An overcomer does not speak what is on his mind or in his heart for anyone can do that. Indeed, most of
us do that all the time, we say what we have to say and then there is nothing more. In the context now
of ministry, the overcomer, when he overshadows, is one who has massive overwhelming potential.
When the overcomer overflows, it is in words first, rather than emotions, although it is the words that
carry and express these emotions. Thus, the outpouring from an overcomer is not an overflow of
emotions with clear direction and perception, as well as clear instruction and construction at all times, but
it is the overflow of what is in their hearts unto their mouths in speech, praise and song, and even
prophecy, whether in the languages of men or of angels.

Now, Jesus has already told us what is in the heart of all men. “For from within, out of men’s hearts,
come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy,
slander, arrogance and folly.”2 And these are the thoughts of our hearts all the time, as the Lord had
testified: The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the Earth had become, and that every inclination
of the thoughts of his heart was evil all the time.3 If these are the thoughts that govern a man’s heart,
then what comes out through his mouth are words and sounds, even moans and groans that expresses
evil, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander,
arrogance and folly. That is what comes out of you and me at anytime, and it does not have to overflow.
These evils can be there and are there all the time, and if it overflows, we speak.

Thus, anyone who is unrepentant, even if they believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, will contain all
these unclean thoughts motivating their speech at anytime. Thus, the overcomer not only needs to build
up with practice line by line, but the purpose of his building up in the word of God and its practice is so
that when he speaks from the overflow of his heart, he is speaking the word that he has practised and
accepted in his heart.

Thus, those who, by their faith have received salvation, but have not put into effect the art of being an
overshadower in laying up the words of Jesus line by line, and proving it in their lives practice by
practice, can never speak with an overflow that will make them an overcomer acceptable to God as Jesus
is. For when they speak, they are still speaking from the overflow of what is in their heart. You can pray
that God changes your heart, and He does, but it is still up to you to fill up your heart with what He gives
you. God can change the world as He did through Noah, but it was still up to Noah and his sons to
change what they filled it up with. Even thought the world was made new again, Noah and his sons
reintroduced into it, almost immediately, drunkenness, disrespectfulness and cursing.4

Now you might understand why the Lord had you read, highlight and write so many Bibles. It was done
in the hope that you would hear, accept, retain, understand and persevere with the word of the Lord until
not your mind but your heart was full of the words of Jesus, and your thoughts were always inclined to
the words of Jesus. For only the words of Jesus have no sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly, and God could never say that
thoughts inclined to the words of Jesus all the time are evil.

Jesus spent three years speaking His words into the hearts of His disciples in the hope that they would
hear them, accept them, retain them, and persevere with them to understand them so that they could
multiply 30, 60, 100 times5 as much as to so fill their hearts that His words would overshadow all else
that was in their hearts and they would speak from the overflow of His words.

1
Luke 6:45
2
Mark 7:21-22
3
Genesis 6:5
4
Genesis 9:18-28
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What would have happened if Peter had spoken in Acts 1:20 from the overflow of his heart, a heart that
was filled with the words of Jesus? He would never have quoted from Psalm 69:25 and 109:8, which you
will see are not words that proceeded from the mouth of God but from the mouth of the psalmist. What
would have happened if Peter’s heart was so full of the words of Jesus that these words came out
instead? “Wait for the gift My Father promised, the Hoy Spirit.” “The Spirit will take from what is Mine
and make it known to you.”6 And in the situation of Acts 1:20, it means whom Jesus had chosen to
replace Judas Iscariot with.

Look at the effect of Peter’s preach in Acts 2 when he spoke out the words of the Father, of Joel 2:28-32.
Three thousand were added in one day. Unfortunately, through Acts 1:20, the whole plan was askew for
Matthias had been added to the twelve in place of the one Jesus had chosen. If you have a twelve
cylinder engine with a faulty piston, it will eventually break down and run out of power.

Now, you can see what was on the heart of James again, his overflow, the first words that came out of
his mouth, the top level, were his own words. “Brothers, listen to me, Simon has described to us…”7 The
two people at the top of his heart were himself and Peter, not Jesus. Thus, when I say the overcomer is
defined by what overflows from him, it is clear that the words and the person who is at the top of your
heart, not the bottom, is what defines you. What is at the bottom of your heart can stay there because it
will never overflow out of you. It may be poured out of you, yes, but overflow, no.

The word “overflow” has no effort in it, it just comes, because the vessel has been filled more than it can
contain. The word “poured” has an action implied because the vessel is not yet filled up. As such,
overflow carries no effort because the effort was already made in the overshadowing stage. But,
outpouring depicts an effort of tilting over the vessel, because not enough effort was made at the filling
stage. So, if you are lazy initially, and short change yourself like the foolish virgins of Matthew 25, you
will not have been filled up enough, and you will have to be poured out to see what is in your heart.
However, if you are wise like the wise virgins, you would carry extra oil, that is, you would have enough
spare oil to cause the lamp to overflow. That is what the extra oil means, the capacity to overflow. The
foolish virgins had oil but had no overflow.

So then, the laying up of the words of Jesus in your heart must overshadow all other priorities until your
heart is so filled with His word that it overflows from your mouth first. Not as an after thought and not as
something that is poured out of the bottom of your heart after you have been tilted over or even turned
upside down. The picture of a cup tilted over or turned upside down so as to pour out, speaks of
displacement, disturbance and worse still, of being overturned. And displacement and disturbance are a
good way to describe what persecution does to all of us; it displaces us from our place of peace and even
sanctuary in Christ. It displaces us from our lives, our houses and even our families. It displaces us as
war displaces people and turns them into refugees.

When our hearts still harbour the evils of Mark 7:21-22 in the bottom of them, the Lord permits
persecution to tilt us over to displace us so that what is still in us is emptied out completely. Herein lies
the reason why the Lord permits us to suffer persecution for the sake of Him and His Gospel, before we
receive back the 100-fold of what we gave up in houses, fields, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and
children. Notice that the Lord never asked us to give up for the sake of Him and His Gospel what is in
our hearts, for it is written: Jesus knew in His spirit… what they were thinking in their hearts…8 and,
Jesus would not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about
man, for He knew what was in a man.9 Jesus does not expect you to give up what is in your heart, no,
He expects you to repent of it continuously and replace it with His words made sure by practice. Thus,
before the 100-fold arrives, He allows persecution to come to empty out of your hearts whatever has not
been dealt with, that is, whatever has not been repented of so that the heart is ready to receive the 100-
fold blessing of homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields.10

Persecution is hard on anyone, and I am the last person to make light of it, yet the Lord never intended
for persecution to place us in the areas we often find ourselves. We are there only because we lost the
power. See persecution correctly in its context from the Lord’s own words: “I have given you authority
to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you
words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed
even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will

6
Acts 1:4; John 16:15
7
Acts 15:13-14
8
Mark 2:8
9
John 2:24-25
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hate you because of Me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.”11
“And whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”12 With all due respect to our martyrs in Heaven,
they are there by and large because we lost the power, or if the Lord permitted it, like in the case of
Stephen, who, while they were stoning him, fell asleep, and Saul, who gave approval of his stoning,13
replaced him.14 You only need to see the sufferings of Paul to know that Jesus did not leave the death of
Stephen unavenged.

And what is the consequence of having one’s heart so filled with the words of Jesus and your thoughts so
inclined to His personage that it is what comes out first from your mouth? You have become one who
always strikes the first blow, for out of your mouth comes the only double-edged sword. Out of your
mouth comes the only words that are spirit and life, like fire and like a hammer. Life to conquer death,
fire to burn anything that is unclean and a hammer to smash up what cannot be burned, for Jesus said,
“The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”15 And the Father said, “Is not My word like
fire and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”16

What other words can withstand the Spirit Himself, who is life, fire and a hammer? When you release the
words of Jesus, you release the Holy Spirit first. If Satan was thrown out of Heaven by Michael and his
angels,17 how can he stand in front of the Holy Spirit? How can Death conquer life? Can any weeds
withstand fire, or stones withstand a hammer? That is why what will overflow from you will define
whether you are an overcomer.

So, what is your heart full of? What overshadows your heart? What fills your heart so much that it is
what will burst through the gates first? James was wrong when he wrote: but no man can tame the
tongue.18 What he wrote in chapter 3 of his letter to the twelve tribes of Israel, who are those who
rejected Jesus as the Messiah, is correct for them. For the tongue is controlled by the heart, and Jesus
alone can create in us a new heart and it is He who gives us a willing Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to sustain us.

No, Jesus has tamed the tongue and the overcomer has also tamed his tongue, for from the overflow of
his heart, his mouth speaks. And fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how
anyone who wants to harm them must die.19

It is the cup that overflows that sweeps away the cup that is not full. AMEN

11
Luke 21:14-19
12
John 11:26
13
Acts 7:59-8:1
14
Acts 9:1-18
15
John 6:63
16
Jeremiah 23:29
17
Revelation 12:7-9
18
James 3:8
19
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The Danger of “Overflow”

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.1

Make no mistake – it is the Lord who called you, chose you and elected you, and it is He who anoints
you. Not a single person can begin to serve the Lord unless the Lord calls, chooses, elects and anoints
them. You can make a sacrifice to God and pray and praise Him, but until you are called, chosen and
elected, and likewise anointed, you are not in His service, only in His audience.

It should be obvious to you by now that all of creation, everything, is part of the audience that is created
and permitted to watch what God is doing. So, you can be saved to be part of the audience, for those,
who have died with faith in Christ but did not lose their heads because of their testimony for Jesus and
because of the word of God,2 will be part of the audience watching from Heaven as Christ reigns on the
Earth with His elect who have come back with Him for the Millennium. So, consider the privilege you
have been given to be alive in this time and to have this understanding of the workings of the Kingdom of
God. For, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who
has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”3

If you have been thinking that it is a strange teaching that God is looking for those He can have faith in,
know that it is not a strange new teaching. Jesus Himself speaks of the one who has been entrusted with
much, meaning the one whom God has faith with and in is the man whom God trusts. If the man who
puts his trust in God is blessed,4 then what of the man in whom God trusts? And who is the man whom
God trusts? He is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of David, Son of Man and Son of God. To be a man or
woman whom God trusts is to be a man or woman like Jesus.

So, for those of you who want to go on, it is no longer a question of whether you can trust God or
whether God can trust you. For it is out of the overflow of your heart that your mouth will speak,
therefore, your heart must be full and overflowing with the exact things that God has in mind, before He
entrusts you to speak from the overflow of your heart on His behalf. Just because you are a preacher
does not mean you are speaking on God’s behalf from the overflow of your heart; no, for many are
merely speaking from the outpouring of their heart. If you listen to the content of some sermons, you will
find very little of Christ in that outpouring, but just contents that would have earned them the same
rebuke as Peter received. As preachers of God, we must learn to aspire to speak from the overflow of
our hearts, not the outpouring of our hearts. However, God will not fill your cups to the overflow until
the outpouring of your heart is pure Jesus. When you learn to preach and to speak from the outpouring
of your heart things that are in the mind of God and not of men, then you will be brought to the place
where it is not you who fills your heart with the word of God, but God who fills your heart with His word,
that your cup overflows because God is the One who is doing the pouring.

But, like Noah, unless you have been prepared to put in the hard labour, which is really no labour at all,
to lay down verse upon verse of His word in your heart and to put it into practice again and again, you
will not come to the day of Noah when the ark was finally completed and God began to pour into the ark
until it overflowed. For when God told Noah to build the ark, the ark was to hold “two of every kind of
bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground,” and God told
Noah they, “…will come to you to be kept alive.”5 God’s promise to Noah was that if he finished the ark,
one pair of each animal will come to him and he won’t have to go out to get them, to be kept alive.
However, when Noah had finished the Ark, God said, “Take with you seven (seven pairs) of every kind of
clean animal, a male and its mate, and two (one pair) of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its
mate.”6 God filled the ark far more than Noah anticipated, filled it to the overflow, as it were. Once God
had filled His ark full, it was then that He released the waters of the deep and the waters from Heaven
until the whole world was flooded and only that which was in God’s ark remained alive.

The completion of the work by Noah and the filling of the ark released the waters that overtook every
fleeing creature, overturned every house, overthrew any kingdom and overpowered whatever the
Nephilims had built on the Earth, and so overwhelmed Noah that the first thing he did was to make a
sacrifice to God.

1
Psalm 23:5
2
Revelation 20:4
3
Luke 12:48
4
Psalm 125:1
5
Genesis 6:20
6
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Likewise so is the pattern now, for Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming
of the Son of Man.”7 As the present “knowers” of God, those who know their God, continue to lay down
word upon word, practice upon practice, until their heart is full of the word of God as it is written, so then
God will pour into them the increase. Just as Noah prepared an ark to receive a pair of each animal, he
received into the ark seven pairs of clean as well as one pair of unclean animal, so that as the ark was
filled with more than what was intended, your hearts will be filled with more, more than what is
commanded.

Do not be like those on the broad road to destruction who do not value the words of Jesus as the much,
but have to add to those words their own judgements and practices, which they deem will make things
easier, like James the Younger did in Acts 15. Be one and ones who see that the words of Jesus are
sufficient for every situation and occasion that you can encounter. When you learn to appreciate that
God has given you the much in the words of Jesus and that He will demand much from you according to
Jesus’ words only, you are ready to be entrusted with even more.

So, as you lay up the words and works of Jesus in your heart, as you prepare to receive the words of
Jesus into your heart just as you were commanded to listen to Him, like Noah who was preparing to
receive the pairs of animals, and you complete the work, that is, the word that overflows from your heart
are the words of Jesus, then you will be ready to receive not what is commanded, but rather the more
than commanded, the desired. For when God made a distinction between the clean and the unclean
animals, and increased them to seven pairs of clean, God put into the ark the distinction between the
desired and the obligation.

The believer and the disciple do what they are obligated to do, that is why even the disciples called
themselves servants, and when speaking about servants, Jesus said, “We are unworthy servants; we
have only done our duty.”8 Those who have read the word and put the word into practice because they
are obligated to do so, are still merely servants, for their attitude makes them so, and you cannot call
them “faithful” servants if they have not been prepared to believe all they have been told, and do all they
have been told, unless they laid down their lives for what they were told to do. So, consider carefully
your ways. If you have some words of Jesus in your heart that you practise sometimes, then you are a
cup filled but not full to the overflow, and the only way you will reveal your heart is when you are poured
out, that is, tilted and even overturned. If you have all the words of Jesus that you practise all the time,
(and for us in 21st century Sydney, it means every word of Jesus from Matthew to Revelation, for we
have the luxury of being able to have the complete library to read openly and in safety) then you are
ready to be an overflower. The ark in you is complete, for you have done what you were commanded
and obligated to do. Once you are there, then it might please God to pour into you more than what He
had commanded, the more that He desires.

What poured out of Noah’s ark was not just one pair of each animal as he was commanded, but rather,
an overflow of what was commanded. There were six extra pairs of each of the clean animals,9 which
was what afforded Noah to take from to make his sacrifice of burnt offerings, otherwise Noah could not
make a burnt offering of animals immediately, or else a whole species would have gone extinct.

Those who have filled their hearts to the overflow with the words they were commanded to receive, that
is, the words that are defined by the commandment to disciples, “Listen to Him!”10 - have gone the extra
mile. They have been given the much by their attitude, for it was how they received the command that
determined whether the words of Jesus are the much to which nothing more could be added except our
testimony of their effect in our lives, or the little to which selected parts of Moses’ Law and even
philosophies of the wise were added. That fullness of faith, that faith-full-ness, made them eligible for
the more that could be entrusted to them. That which is entrusted is more than that which is given.

The three servants of Matthew 25:14-30 had obviously been doing enough to keep their work as
servants, and because they had been doing what they were obligated to do, the Master then came “and
entrusted his property to them.”11 Those who were faithful to that trust were then “put in charge of
many things.”12 When the Lord returns, those of you who want to qualify to reign with Him must be
proven worthy to be put in charge, not just entrusted, but put in charge of His property.

As such, to be in the company of overcomers who will live to greet Jesus and the members of the First
Resurrection as they arrive back on Earth, you have to be worthy for the Master to entrust to you now

7
Matthew 24:37
8
Luke 17:10
9
not counting any probable births
10
Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35
11
Matthew 25:14
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more than what you are obligated to do. To lay up the words of Jesus and to put them to practice is the
obligation of every disciple, but for every disciple who lays up so much and practises so much that it
overflows out of their lives all the time, they will be entrusted with that which is not commanded but that
which is desired. The servants were under no obligation to make more money for the Master, but it was
the Master’s desire to see them go the extra mile.

As you lay up the words of Jesus in your heart to the overflow and incline the thoughts of your heart to
that word, that is, the desire of your heart is inclined to the words of the Lord, then shall God add to you,
entrust to you, the desires of His heart. To the Jews, God only revealed one desire, mercy, when He
spoke through the prophet Hosea, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice,”13 and Jesus told them, “Go and learn
what this means.”14 Had they done so, He would have revealed to them more of the desires of His heart
and soul.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.15 You will come in with your
own desires, as all do, but the diligent laying down of His word in your heart till you overflow, means that
the word in you will reveal to you the desires of His heart, for He has said, “So is My word that goes out
from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the
purpose for which I sent it.”16 The overflow of His word from your heart will accomplish what God
desires, for the desire is higher than the command. At that moment, the fullness of the word in your
heart will generate desires in your heart, desires He has given you hidden in the double-edged sharpness
of Psalm 37:4. In that overflow, you will know what God’s desires are, for they are also your desires and
you will be the one accomplishing them. That is, your accomplishments are His desires, for your
accomplishments are the result of the overflow of His word from your heart unto your mouth. Then you
are the one who, having been entrusted with His desires, will know Him intimately all the more. Having
proved your trustworthiness, then shall you be put in charge of many things.

To the Jews, Jesus reminded them of what the Father had revealed of His desire for mercy, but to His
disciples He gave the command to love their enemies that they may be merciful as their Father in Heaven
is merciful. The overcomer who learns to allow the word of Jesus to grow in him till it overshadows all
else and learns to let mercy triumph over judgement, is worthy of the company of Stephen the martyr.
When mercy overflows out of you, you are ready to be entrusted with more of the desires of the heart of
God.

Thus, the laying up of the word and the practise of the word, does not reach its maximum overflow of
power until the word that is released is released to accomplish what God desires and achieve what He
purposes. Even at the level of the overflow, those who lay up the word and practise the word so that the
word would accomplish what they desire and accomplish what they purpose, may have power, but not
the power of the overcomer. For Jesus did not only speak what He heard the Father say and do what He
saw the Father do, but He did it all and said it all to accomplish what the Father desired and to achieve
the purpose the Father sent Him for. That is why “the world must learn that I love the Father and that I
do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.”17 If saying what is on the mind of men and not what is
on the mind of God earned Peter the status of “Satan”, then the man who speaks with the overflow of the
words of Jesus and the practice of the words of Jesus, in order to accomplish his own desires and to
achieve his own purpose, is surely the false prophet who sells his allegiance to the antichrist (the beast)
and speaks on his behalf. No wonder both are thrown into the Lake of Burning Sulphur alive. Even
Satan is given a reprieve of 1000 years before he and Death join the accursed pair in the Lake of Fire.

Now, see the fullness of the evil of this pair, and understand why the two of them were thrown alive into
the fiery Lake of Burning Sulphur.18 The antichrist is one who, having been a disciple of Christ, now
denies his testimony of Christ, and the false prophet is one who holds to the testimony of Christ, which is
the spirit of prophecy, for false purposes to release the overflow of the words of Jesus to accomplish his
desire and his purpose, not God’s. Since it is the false prophet who speaks on behalf of the antichrist and
does the signs and wonders on his behalf, the antichrist does not have to reveal himself until it is too
late, when the deception is complete.

What makes the false prophet so powerfully deceptive is that he will speak from the overflow of the
words of Jesus for his own desire and purpose to shield the true nature of the antichrist until the end.

13
Hosea 6:6
14
Matthew 9:13
15
Psalm 37:4
16
Isaiah 55:11
17
John 14:31
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But you, who are called, chosen, elected and anointed by the Lord, the Lord and the Lord, will know him
because of the fullness of mercy and compassion19 in you for the Lord. You will know who you are for
you alone know whose desires you seek to accomplish, and whose purposes you seek to achieve. Is it
little wonder you have to be one who God can also trust, just as He trusted Jesus? If you have become
one whom God trusts, have you not also done what Jesus had been doing, and if even the supervision of
the Holy Spirit is removed from you, that is, the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way so that you can strike
the Earth as often as you wish with plagues,20 the Earth that God so loved that He sent His Only Begotten
Son to save, is that not a greater thing?21

If that is so, have you not proved Jesus’ words to be true at their most incredible? And if there are more
than two of us who can reach this level of trustworthiness in God so the rest remain alive till Christ
arrives and the two are sacrificed in Jerusalem, then have we not proved that we who live and believe
shall never die22 to the glory of Jesus and the Father who told Him to speak these incredible words?
Would not the Holy Spirit’s heart swell with pride to see His elect welcome back the elect of the Lord on
clouds of glory?

The road is narrow, and few are they who find it. So Lord, gather Your elect and elect some more as
Your servant Spurgeon once prayed. AMEN

19
Luke 6:36 [NIV, NLT]
20
Revelation 11:6
21
John 14:12
22
John 11:26

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Overflow – A Trickle or a Tickle?

Words that describe the overflow that is used in God’s language, include: abundance, exceeding,
surpassing, and, the more than enough. As such, the secret to the manifestation of the overflow rests in
the Lord’s Law of Life, when He said, “Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.”1
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap.”2

However, the abundance is tied to listening, so that you receive the knowledge of the secrets of the
Kingdoms of Heaven and of God,3 and the application of these secrets in the manner of the faithful
servants of Matthew 25. And the overflow of the good measure, pressed down and running over in Luke
6:38, is tied to forgiveness being given. As such, there are conditions to be met for the overflow to
occur. Anyone who will not listen carefully to Jesus and put that which they have heard into practice, like
the good and faithful servant, can forget about the overflow of an overcomer. Likewise, anyone who will
not forgive can forget it. We are, I remind you, not speaking of being saved and of not being in the race,
but winning the race. Mediocrity is not the name of the game anymore, but rather, excellence and
dedication.

There are two types of overflow: the overflow of a blocked drain that just seeps out and keeps seeping
out, which in itself has no power, but rather, just a gentle trickle much like a brook trickling down the
side of a mountain. It may keep you alive, but it will not sweep away all that lies before it. As such, the
overflow of an overcomer who can overrun, overtake, overpower, overturn and overwhelm, must not be
the inspired trickle of a blocked drain, but an overflow that is like the flow of a bursting dam. There must
therefore be, by reason, a pent up of the power behind the overflow; a penting up and a laying up that is
achieved because the vessel holding the power has deliberately held back what it had been laying up.
For He will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along.4 Likewise, that is the way
we are to release the overflow from within us. There must be a penting up, and if we have pented up to
the hilt, then there must be a repenting (pun) so that we are pented up some more again. Holding it in
and holding it back until a force is built up in us so that when released, the overflow surges forward not
as a trickle, but a pent up flood driven along by the Holy Spirit.

Now it should be obvious that those who listen enough and practise enough just to get by another day
cannot release this overflow with sufficient force. If there is no laying up of the power of God and the
word of God with a sense of “penting up”, then there is no build up of the inertia needed to release the
momentum to sweep all before them. Many come into the Lord and repent when they first come in and
then cease their repentance, or repent only of the same things over and over again without going into
the deeper things of their lives. For them, repenting is saying sorry again, but they do not see it as a
process of repeating the penting up, that is, to spend a time, years even, preparing, staying hidden,
practising, and then suddenly to be released on the scene with such force that all are swept before them.

Jesus appeared suddenly at the Jordon and was baptised from the moment He began to preach. He was
doing things and teaching things at such a high level with unprecedented power and authority that all
others paled compared to Him, even John the Baptist. He did it for the church as well with one sermon
and one miracle. He turned a small rabble of 120 to 5000 people, probably about 5-10% of the
population of Jerusalem.5 Imagine the Lord suddenly moving out from us in such a way that 5-10% of
Sydney joins us in a few months. That is the overflow of the Lord, not as a trickle, but as a pent up flood
that sweeps all before it and all resistance is futile.

In the same way, He did it for Israel. 430 years of pented up anger, rage and injustice would be righted
in one month with the complete ruining of Egypt, and out of her would pour half a million men able to
bear arms to march across a desert to descend on the cities of Canaan. Out of nowhere, cities like Ai
with a population of 12,000 men and women6 would have to fight a 500,000 plus army. Even though the
first generation perished, the Lord replaced them almost to the man, 603,550 excluding the Levites7 to
601,7308 with the second generation, and when they came out of the desert to the Jerichoans, that
600,000 men must have looked like a flood outnumbering them perhaps 10 to 1.

1
Matthew 13:12; 25:29. Also Luke 8:18; 19:26; Mark 4:25
2
Luke 6:38
3
Matthew 13:11-12; Mark 4:11,25; Luke 8:10,18
4
Isaiah 59:19
5
Acts 1:15; 4:4
6
Joshua 8:25
7
Numbers 1:46
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So, likewise, the laying up of the word of God in you must not overflow as a trickle. A trickle of an
overflow is enough to keep a small group alive, which is what we are, however, an overflow of the word
of the Lord released like a pent up flood will sweep all before it. Now the trickle and the pent up serge is
not speaking of quantity as much as quality as well. Instead of sparring with an opponent, it is better to
hold your tongue, meditate on the word in your heart and mind until, as Jeremiah said, “His word is in
my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in,”9 so that when you do speak,
you speak with such authority and power that you cut through the words of others. That is what Jesus
did from the time He said, “Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s house?”10 till He appeared at the
Jordan for John, His cousin, to baptise Him. He was laying down the scriptures in His heart and mind
over and over again until He knew where each scripture was meant to be and how it was to be used so
that He would always be able to disarm His enemies, the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law, with one
word or a sentence. And then He backed up His irrefutable word with a clear and simple demonstration
of the power. That is exactly what the Lord promised us when we face the same enemies. “But make up
your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and
wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict (or refute.11)”12 And how can
you do that if you do not recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit so that He can quickly remind you of what
has been said?

The journey to be an overcomer is not a new teaching, no, it is as old as the story of Israel. For the
books of the Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers describe the three stages of the development of the
overcomer. Exodus is where God confirmed His choice and sent Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt, and
the book is centred on the deliverance and the early adventures of Israel as she began to learn to live
with God. It is similar to your life being set free from sin, and learning the basic things of living in Christ,
such as attending prayer meetings and so on.

Leviticus is where the Law was given and practised. In the same way, you are brought to listening to
Jesus and to practise His words so that, like the Levites and the rest of Israel, you are trained to become
familiar with God’s way and His voice. For the Israelites, there was the movement and the settling of the
Cloud above the Tabernacle, and the sound of the trumpets13 as well as the ritualistic setting up of the
Tent of the Tabernacle and the encamping of the tribes around the Tabernacle. God was giving a display
of disciplined regimentation to the nations they would be facing at a time when warfare was not yet a
disciplined affair, but rather, a free-for-all fight to the last man standing. This is the same display that
the Lord showed outside of Jericho. Six days of marching to build up in the men a penting up of the
sound of the shout they would release on the seventh day. There was also a similar time of penting up of
fear in the enemy watching, and wondering, “Why don’t they do something?”

Once they had learned the Law and the practices of the Law in Leviticus, then Israel was to go into the
book of Numbers. Indeed, the book begins with a detailed census of the size of the Israelite army to give
you an idea of the force that God was about to unleash on the Canaanites. The mere sight of that army
was to melt hearts, as Rahab testified, “All who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.”14
The book of Numbers was meant to have been a combination of Numbers and Joshua. Had the Israelites
obeyed and gone straight in the first time, there would be no book of Joshua or even Deuteronomy, but
rather, we would be reading that Moses parted the Jordan as he did the Red Sea, and it would be Moses
leading them in the early victories, with Joshua taking over later to complete the occupation of the land
from the river (Wadi) of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates,15 as had been promised to Abraham
(Abram), their father.

You see, the real book of Numbers was meant to carry the list of the number of the army and of the
tribes, the list of the number of kingdoms and of cities they conquered, the number of enemies they
killed and the number of the plunder they would take. It would literally be a book of accounts, war after
war, battle after battle, one victory after another, until the numbers decreed had been fulfilled. In the
same way, the Chronicles journey was to be one akin to Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers without
Deuteronomy or Joshua. It should have been one of the deliverance of the new creation out of the
bondage of the old, Israelites and Gentiles made one by the Lamb, followed by a time when the new
nation, the Kingdom of God, would journey out learning to put into practice the new laws they received.
They were to do this in Jerusalem, and once the numbers were fulfilled of people being saved, healed and
delivered, they would scatter at the signal of the persecution, the signal that Jesus promised them that
they would be receiving the hundredfold of.16 A scattering that would have resulted in Jesus arriving

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Jeremiah 20:9
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Luke 2:49
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NASB
12
Luke 21:14-15
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Numbers 9:15-22; 10:7
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Joshua 2:9
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back to start His reign on Earth, a reign that might have encompassed three millenniums rather than the
one that John was shown almost 100 years later.

In the same way that the promised time of the Government of Jesus was shortened and reduced, so also
the Israelites never occupied more than one third of the allocated land promised to Abraham. So, those
who say the church is a spiritual Israel are correct in part. We have certainly made the same mistakes as
Israel. So, instead of going straight from our “Exodus” and ‘Leviticus” to our book of Numbers with the
church growing in strength and in deeds based on the numbers of the blind healed, the lame healed, the
deaf healed, the lepers cleansed, the dead raised and the good news preached to the poor, we went into
our own version of Deuteronomy and a wandering in the desert where the book of Numbers became a
record of numbers of people who died. So it is as history shows, the book of Numbers of this “spiritual
Israel” is a record of the number that have died or have been killed and who were killed by the church
and all who professed to be part of her. It is not a record of the number of blind people whose sight was
restored, but the number that became blind, lame, lepers, deaf and dead. It is not a record of how many
who were poor heard the good news, but how many who were made poor because the good news was
withheld until even the Bible was locked away so that the average person could not read it.

Just as the Lord waited 40 years for that first generation of Israelites to perish, so now He has waited
almost 80 generations (double), before He is raising up a new generation. A generation who are like the
children of Israel who watched their parents die in the desert, and who in their hearts had resolved never
to go back there, but were prepared to hear the voices of Joshua and Caleb who spoke of what it should
have been and could be yet again. A new generation that will set the record straight, just like the second
generation that followed Joshua into the Promised Land, except this time, the Joshuas who lead will not
die as that Joshua did, and this generation will do all that was promised, even seeing the Lord arrive on
clouds of glory.

Thus, if you consider yourself as having accomplished anything, we have not, but rather, the excessive
practice of the word and the reading of the word is so that vessels that have built up in them an
overshadowing amount of the word and deeds of Jesus, can be released in an overflow that will gush
forth like a pent up flood that will overrun, overtake, overturn, overpower and overwhelm all before
them.

In order to lead, God had to raise up His Calebs, men of a different spirit, who would be the witness to
Joshua, who is in our case, Jesus. Calebs who can say, “Yes, what Joshua said is true,” for Caleb
explored the Promised Land with Joshua. Likewise, you are meant to be like Caleb to our “Joshua”,
Jesus, having explored the promises of Christ and found them to be true and achievable, can testify to
them. And we testify to them when we are ready, when we have laid up one after another miracle, sign
and wonder that when released, will not trickle out, but will wipe out all unbelief and doubt, sweeping up
from here to Jerusalem to rise up to meet with Christ.

The days of distress, the dreaded tribulation, the false prophet, the antichrist and the mark of the beast
are merely Jericho’s placed before us so as to measure, to give us a sense of the overflowing power of
the Lord that we have, which Paul wrote of and tried to describe with these words: Now to Him who is
able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within
us,17 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!
Amen18

Now, learn to pent up and then repent again and again, until when the Lord sees fit to release us, we are
not a trickle of testimonies as we have been, but a surging flood like the waters that were released when
God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.19 That penting deluge was so
great that only eight survived, and God had only to wait 120 years (same number of disciples in the
upper room). Now after 2000 years of waiting for the church to realise that it must come to full power,
what sort of deluge awaits this world?

Tremble in fear all who hear and understand.


Rejoice all who love not their lives as to shrink from death,
For He is coming like a pent up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along.

17
many preachers stop here
18
Ephesians 3:20-21
19
1 Peter 3:20

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The Overrunner

The overrunner is the one who overruns his enemies, not outruns them, as Elijah did with Ahab when the
power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way
to Jezreel.1 Elijah outran Ahab but did not overrun Ahab, for if he did, God would no longer have a king
in Ahab whom He later had to hold counsel over, as He revealed to Micaiah.2 At that counsel, our Lord
permitted a spirit to become a lying spirit in the mouth of all Ahab’s prophets to entice him to his death.

When you outrun your enemy, you still leave him to be a problem. When you overrun your enemy, he is
no longer your problem. The word ‘overrun’ denotes complete domination of the situation. Thus, the
overflow is the outpouring that is unleashed like a pent up flood to first overrun the enemy, whatever the
enemy may be and whatever the problem may be. And you have total domination over the situation in
such a way that wherever the enemy is, you are there in far superior numbers and forces.

Elijah outrunning Ahab won a race, but did not dominate Ahab. Elijah running to Jerusalem with all of
Israel in tow to offer the proper sacrifice at the place God had designated, would have unleashed a wave
of repentance that would have caused Judah to overrun Israel, and the two nations would have been one
again. Ahab and Jezebel would have been overrun by the development, both religiously and socially.
There would have been no priests or prophets of Baal left to oppose the priests and prophets of God in
Jerusalem as they went forth and preached repentance to the people of Israel.

We are not here to outrun the world, but to overrun the world so that the Kingdom of God is everywhere,
leaving the enemy with nowhere to retreat. That is what overrun entails, to so dominate the field of
conflict that there is no retreat and no recourse for the enemy, and our presence so fills the battlefield
that the enemy is succumbed and laid siege to. Thus, it is not just outrunning, but an outpouring that
covers the whole land so that no place is left untouched.

When you are in the overrun, you are not going to permit your enemy to co-exist, be they problems,
devils or even persons, but rather they will be subject to your will, your whim and even have to pay you
homage in order to effect a surrender. It is not a compromising peace treaty situation. Thus, to effect
the overrun, the outpouring must be of a sufficient size and continue to be of a sufficient size, to cover
and swallow up all that it touches, all the while pushing everything back before it.

When the people of God were obedient to Him in the Old Testament, they would overrun their enemies,
even when it was a civil war, as it happened in Judges 20:40-45 when the Benjamites fought Israel.
They surrounded the Benjamites, chased them and easily overran them in the vicinity of Gibeah on the
east.3 But when Israel was disobedient, they would find themselves overrun, as the Lord said, “Even if
they escape from destruction, Egypt will gather them, and Memphis will bury them. Their treasures of
silver will be taken over by briers, and thorns will overrun their tents.”4 When applied to us, this verse
means that even if we escape destruction by placing our faith in Christ, disobedience to God would mean
that Egypt, which is the old world that enslaved us, would still bury us. The failure of those who believe
in Jesus to obey the command to “Listen to Him” with the attitude of an overcomer, means that though
the believer is delivered from destruction in the end, for now they are still caught up with the problems of
the world and its temptations, and they still die like the rest of the world does. There is to date no
difference between those who believe in Jesus and those who do not, for they all die. As a result of
disobedience, we become overrun in our tents, which are our lives and possessions, and even our hearts
with thorns, the place of life without fruit.

Thus, you either overrun or you are overrun by your enemies, especially Death. The absence of faith in
Jesus’ words when He said, “and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die,”5 and, “anyone who has
faith in Me will do what I have been doing,”6 means that by and large we are overrun by the problems
common to all people rather than overrunning them.

Thus, the ability to overrun is dependant on obedience; obedience to the commands of God that
overshadow your life to the point that when you unleash them, they are like a pent up flood overflowing
into your life and circumstances and the life and circumstances of all others. (By now, you must realise
that the arrival of Jesus Christ means a serious change of circumstances of every person now living on

1
1 Kings 18:46
2
1 Kings 22:19-22
3
Judges 20:43
4
Hosea 9:5
5
John 11:26
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this Earth.) Disobedience means that the problems will overrun you, and the lives and circumstances of
other people will dominate you.

As the secret of the overflow lies in the penting up so that the overflow is not a trickle, the secret of the
overrun lies in this command, “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”7 When you
are faced with situations and circumstances that you cannot change but have to go through them, then
be prepared to go through them with double the effort for twice the duration that anyone is prepared for.
Going the extra mile means going above and beyond that which is required, and when you achieve above
and beyond that which is required, you dominate the situation.

Jesus was commanded by the Father to finish the work that He was sent to do as He Himself testified, 8
and thus He finished on the cross and testified, “It is finished.”9 However, the Lord then went the extra
mile and was made alive by the Spirit, through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison
who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.10
That, as I have said, is one of many of Jesus’ extra miles, so that even hell has been overrun by the
Gospel. Jesus did not just go and do what was prescribed for Him, but went where He was not
commanded. It is like a river, not just running in its channels, but overflowing and running out over its
banks to flood the surrounding countryside. The one who overcomes, like one who overruns, is one who
floods the enemy and who inundates the land with the Kingdom of God.

As such, we are not just to heal a few sick or drive out a few demons. No, we are to overrun all the
areas and lands of the enemy, like a river that has been released from behind a dam that flows out in all
directions, leaving the whole landscape drowned. When the Lord released the flood in Noah’s days, it
didn’t just come as an overflow, but it kept flowing until every high mountain was covered to a depth of
more than twenty feet.11 That is what is meant by the overrun that comes from the overflow.

So, now that you understand a bit more about overrunning, what do we do to apply it in the practical?
The practice that is needed to acquire the ability to overrun our enemies is this: “If someone forces you
to go one mile, go with him two miles.” In this world we are still being forced to do all sorts of things
that we do not want to do and that should not be done. In our daily lives, situations develop where we
are forced to go a mile, forced to comply with other people’s rules and regulations, forced to live amongst
those who do not care to believe in Christ, forced to receive insults and accusations and persecutions,
forced to hide our faith, and worst of all, forced to watch the wicked prosper.

Christ was forced to receive the punishment and walk His mile to the cross. He finished that and then
went to hell on His own accord. Thus, by whatever standards the world puts on you and forces you to
go, go the extra mile above what they tell you as practice, so that by whatever the standard that the
Lord commands you to do, go the extra. In the overrun phrase, we must be like a river that bursts its
banks and spreads out over the left and the right, going the extra mile for those who are against us and
force us to go with them, and also going the extra mile with what we should be doing for the One who
loves us. The overrun occurs when we learn to go the extra mile for that which we hate and that which
we love so that nothing is left untouched.

Thus, in our reading, listening and practising of the words of our Lord that we are commanded to do, we
should read more than needed or demanded, listen more than needed or demanded, and practise far
above more than needed and demanded, applying it into every situation of our life, which figuratively
speaking is our land, and the waters of life that spring forth in us, as Jesus said it would, should not be
just a river in flood racing along its channels with pent up energy, but bursting forth to overflow and
touch every part of our lives.

If we are practising multiplication, we should practise multiplying everything we have, even the number
of enemies we have, for the more enemies we have, the more perfection, mercy and compassion we can
receive as we pray for them. Do not limit your thinking to what is needed and accepted in the so called
‘Christian’ life as lived by the church that is in this world. Do not wait for Sunday service to pray for the
sick, but pray for the sick anytime, anywhere, even a sick dog. Do not wait for a funeral to practise
raising the dead, but raise any dead you find, even if they are cockroaches. Do not just change water to
good wine when the wedding has run out of wine, but change water to good wine every day, everywhere.
Do not just change the wood to gold in a poor man’s home, but change the wood to gold in every rich
man’s house. Do not just pray for the elect to be kept alive till Jesus arrives, but for everyone, especially
the enemies of our brothers, sisters and mothers in Christ to be kept alive to see Jesus arrive, so that

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Matthew 5:41
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John 5:36
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John 19:30
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they can see for themselves our brothers, sisters and mothers in Christ, whom they have been
persecuting, receiving the reward from Jesus personally. Do not just limit your thinking to yourself and
the Kingdom, like a river running its course, but begin to see that the way of the Kingdom of God must
touch everything and everyone.

Overrun and dominate, which is to have dominion over the Earth. See yourself as a river that overruns
the surrounding land, so that the land becomes the course of the river. We are not in a race to outrun
anyone, but we are called to be a people who overrun the land just like Israel with 600,000 men pouring
out of the desert like a flood heading to Jericho.

The power of the Lord that has been given to us is not for us to have a race with men like Ahab to outrun
him, no, but to let it take us where it means to go. We will overrun all the plans, will and ways of men,
that is, that which we say, do and are must touch them and leave them soaked and affected so that their
former lives are ruined, just as a river bursting its banks ruins the crops and houses on either side.
When we develop the ability to overrun, we have begun the ruining of the plans and works of those who
are not in Christ. We may submit ourselves to do what they force us to do, but the result of our work will
ruin them more than it affects us. “How?” you ask.

If all the wood in all the houses of the rich turned to gold, then gold would lose its value, and the rich
would be no different to the poor. If the enemies of our brothers, sisters and mothers in Christ are not
allowed to die, but remain alive till Jesus arrives, they will have to go through the days of distress
themselves, but without the power to provide for themselves. Whatever they dished out on our brothers,
sisters and mothers, they will experience 30, 60 and 100fold themselves. As we perfect our ability to do
what Jesus did and do even the greater things, those who do not believe in Christ, but fear death, would
have to come to us for healing just to stay away from death. The tactic of the overrunner is to pour hot
coals on the heads of enemies by giving to them far above and beyond what they desire until they vomit
it out of their mouths. It is the same tactic that the Lord used when the Israelites cried out for meat and
He sent them so much that it started to come out of their nostrils and they loathed it.12 See what the
Lord said: “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat.
The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now
the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five,
ten or twenty days, but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because
you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before Him, saying, “Why did we ever
leave Egypt?” ’ ”13

See how the Lord supplies the meat they craved for. Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail
in from the sea. It brought them down all around the camp to about three feet above the ground, as far
as a day’s walk in any direction.14 Now, you can say the quails overran the enemy, and indeed they did.
As we turn our craving to the Lord, His word and His work so that our land is filled with that which we
crave for, so likewise, we can bless our enemies with that which they crave for so that they would be
literally up to their necks with what they crave for until it begins to destroy them and force them to turn
to us for help.

Thus, the overrun of the overcomer is not just for the Kingdom, but it must overflow and touch
everything to its left and right. It is not just about going the extra mile for those who force you, but
those who love you. It is not about going the extra mile for things you love, but things you hate. The
overrun occurs when the practice of the word of the Lord touches every single aspect of your life so that
whoever touches you is also affected irrevocably. AMEN

12
Numbers 11:20
13
Numbers 20:18-20
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Numbers 11:31

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The Overtaker

Even as the overflow spreads out to the left and to the right, the overcomer must be a person who not
only has such abundance of word and power that the overrun of the overflow inundates all that lies to the
left and right of the course of the overcomer’s life, but the overrun must have sufficient velocity to
overtake all the enemies of the Lord so that there is no place of retreat for anyone or anything who exalts
itself or themselves above the knowledge of God.

The Lord Himself said concerning those who “do not know how to do right, who hoard plunder and loot in
their fortresses,” that “an enemy will overrun the land, he will pull down your strongholds and plunder
your fortresses.”1 As such, we are to be as an enemy to all who do not know how to do right and no one
who does not listen to Jesus and does not do what He says, knows how to do right, for the Lord alone is
righteous. The overcomer in you must be so zealously jealous for the Lord God that, indeed you must
appear to be an enemy, not a friend, to all who do not know how to do right. It is not whether they know
how to do good as the people of the world would say, for since Jesus has declared, “No one is good—
except God alone,”2 then there is no one who can do good at all, meaning all are evil doers. Even the
most compassionate well-meaning person is an evildoer by that definition, except unless they show an
act of mercy, kindness or compassion to a brother or sister of Jesus. Then, in the eyes of God, they have
done the right thing and deserve to receive a reward they cannot lose, which is “the Kingdom prepared
for you since the creation of the world.”3

Thus, your approach when viewed by those who observe you, must be like the view of people watching a
river filling up about to overflow its banks and run over into the countryside. You must have a persona of
action and word, even of plans and hopes that they must resist you in the same way as people would
strive to build up the banks of a flooding river with sandbags to prevent the overflow overrunning their
land. By the Lord’s own word, “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person.”4 Anyone whom you do not
resist is an evil person. Anyone whom you resist is not an evil person. Unless you meet with resistance
in all that you do, plan or imagine for the Lord, then by the Lord’s word, when you meet with no
resistance, you are in fact, doing evil according to the Lord, and when you are met with resistance from
every quarter, then you are in truth, not opinion but truth, not evil and therefore good. Thus, if you
approach the enemies of God peaceably so that they do not resist you, and they will not resist you if you
are not a threat, then you are the evildoer. But when your plans and your actions are such that people
call you “Beelzebub” and plot to kill you, even if it is only a wish, and they curse you, calling you all sorts
of names, then because they have resisted you while you were seeking God’s Kingdom and His
righteousness,5 you are not evil, meaning you are good, like God who alone is Good.

No one in the church who does not desire to be an overcomer can even begin to understand this, but only
those who seek to be an overcomer, as Jesus overcame and is the Overcomer of the World, can
understand this way of thinking. It is for this reason that God has permitted to be orchestrated a huge
battle at Armageddon where the armies of the world will fight to resist Jesus on His arrival as it is
written: Then I saw the beast and the kings of the Earth and their armies gathered together to make war
against the Rider on the horse and His army.6 The massiveness of the resistance against our Lord and
His returning martyrs is the proof of His and their goodness. If the beast and the kings of the Earth
did not resist our Lord, then they have made our Lord an evil person by their lack of resistance. Thus,
those we resist are good—declared good by our resistance.

Those we do not resist are declared evil by our non-resistance and will reap that which has been set aside
for those who are evildoers, the vile. So the beast has a wonderful job to do, to create a resistance
against Jesus so that by that resistance, Jesus is declared Good, that is, God. However, our lack of
resistance to the rise of the beast, even though we know what he does is evil, will declare him evil by the
Lord’s own words. Notice that I say we do not resist his rise, but by our knowledge of God, we will be
resisting him firmly, for the Lord said, “but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.”7 We
will resist him by refusing his mark on our foreheads and right hand when the time comes, but we will
not resist him as he rises on to the world stage to be the wonder that he will be, proclaiming peace,
peace for all, as he successfully negotiates and gets signed the peace treaty of one seven. Thus, we will
not resist his rise, but in fact, we will help him by creating situations of such abundance that a whole new
system has to be created in order that buying and selling is not rendered meaningless by that

1
Amos 3:10-11
2
Mark 10:18
3
Matthew 25:34
4
Matthew 5:39
5
Matthew 6:33
6
Revelation 19:19
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abundance. Whatever the circumstances needed to help the beast come to the place where the
establishment of his mark is a deemed necessity is what we will not resist him in. However, we will
refuse the mark even if it means our death, and our death means that there is no one to resist him.
Thus, we are to overcome the beast by not resisting him, and yet resist him firmly at the same time by
refusing to take his mark on ourselves personally.

Thus, the overflow of the word and the practice of the word in us, as it reaches the overrun stage, must
engender resistance as well as welcomes from others. Jesus said, woe to us if all speak well of us. Some
spoke well of Jesus, but many more resisted Him. An overcomer is not a true overcomer unless he has
resistance against him to overcome. Thus, our approach against those who hoard loot and plunder must
be perceived by them as the approach of an enemy who threatens to overrun their strongholds and their
fortresses, regardless of whether they are on our right or left, that is, regardless of whether they are
deemed to be righteous or unrighteous. Even to those who profess to be Christians, our approach must
be viewed by them as an enemy who would overrun their strongholds and fortresses, their traditions,
beliefs and doctrines that have nothing to do with listening to Jesus or practising His word. Thus, it
should be no surprise to you from now on that those who love James the Younger’s recommendations will
consider us as agents of Satan, and those who do not know Jesus or love Him will consider us just as
unethical and offensive so that they must resist us.

Therefore, do not fear the resistance, but I tell you, fear when you encounter no resistance, for the Lord
has commanded, “Do not resist an evil person.” So the rush towards the strongholds and fortresses of
the enemies of our Lord must not only have magnitude and reach, but have a momentum of such speed
that we can overtake the plans, words and actions of all who have no love of God and Christ in their
hearts. Thus, what we purpose to do for the Lord must overtake their plans so as to cause a ruining of
their plans, hopes and dreams, until ultimately, the arrival of Jesus Christ over Jerusalem will put an end
to and ruin everyone whose hearts do not love God, including that prostitute sitting on seven hills who
boasts in her heart that she is queen forever.8 The arrival of Jesus Christ will ruin the plans of all the
kings of the Earth. However, we are not to dawdle or be idle so as to allow the plans of the kings of the
Earth to come to pass before the Lord’s plans may come to pass.

The overcomer overtakes, not outruns, no, overtakes the enemies and cuts them off before they can
reach their objectives and bring their plans to nothing. The spirit of overtaking that is in the overcomer
lies in this verse of the Lord: “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you,
open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages,
even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.”9
The attitude of the overtaker is the attitude of “now”. Now, we who reap what others have sown draw
our wages. Now, we harvest the crop for eternal life. What do these words mean? Who is the Sower
whose crop we are reaping? He is of course none other than Jesus, for He is the Farmer who sowed the
seed in the Parable of the Sower where the seed is the word,10 and He is the Landowner who sowed good
seed in His field in the Parable of the Weeds.11 And the crop for eternal life is the knowledge of God and
His Christ.12

Thus, the “now” attitude is what is needed in an overcomer. We do not wait to go to Heaven to get to
know the Lord and the Lord; we do it now. We do not wait to go the Heaven to perform miracles and
signs and wonders; we do it now. We do not wait four more months for some healing evangelist to blow
into town to get the blind seeing and the lame walking; we do it now. We do not wait for people to come
to church before we share the Gospel; we do it now. We do not wait to get to Heaven to enjoy our
rewards; we enjoy them now. We do not wait for the antichrist to be ready; we drag him out now!

Thus, even as we do what we can and submit to the course of time, we must always, in prayer and in
deed, reflect that which we believe in now. So, even as we wait for our finances to grow to be able to
buy enough food to feed 5000 people, we still take what we have, our 5 loaves and 2 fish, and give
thanks, expecting God to multiply the food even as we work. That is the attitude needed for an
overcomer so that he can overtake the enemy and cut off all their hopes, dreams and plans, even their
established work, bringing it to nothing. In the same way, God overtook the rich man and said to him,
“You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you,” even as the rich man thought to himself,
“Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” 13

8
Revelation 18:7
9
John 4:35-36
10
Matthew 13:3-23 (see v.24); Mark 4:3-20 (see v.14)
11
Matthew 13:24-30
12
John 17:3
13
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Thus, you must know and understand that when your plans are the plans of God, your thoughts are the
thoughts of God, therefore whatever you purpose or will or imagine will overtake the plans, hopes and
dreams of those who are not in the way of the Lord.

As we have this attitude of “now” as we reap that which the Lord has sown into our lives and that which
He has sown into the world, then to those who have sown their own words and therefore their own plans,
hopes and desires, we will be like ploughmen who overtake the reaper as the Lord said, “The days are
coming when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman.”14 Before those who do not acknowledge
the word of God or do His will can reap their sowing, we are to plough it up and destroy it so that what
they plan will come to nothing. Again in Amos, the Lord said, “All the sinners among My people will die
by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’ ”15

Jesus did not give this warning to His disciples for no reason when He told us, “those will be days of
distress unequalled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equalled
again.”16 No, the Lord has warned us that disasters will meet us, so be prepared so that we may stand
firm, then not a hair on our head will be harmed. The Lord’s warning to all disciples has been to prepare
for disasters, for persecutions, for resistance, for imprisonment, even for martyrdom and for days of
distress unequalled since the beginning of the world, and that preparation requires our listening,
practising and the following of His word with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thus, we are to practise the miracles of the Lord until that which we are doing, is viewed by the world
that loves scarcity, as the abundance that would destroy all buying and selling. That is the speed we
must attain, not tomorrow, nor in four months time, no, now is the day of salvation. Now is the day of
deliverance. If the Lord were to come now, we are ready. That is and must be our attitude and our spirit
that spurs our practice until that which we hope for and believe for, manifests to overtake all the hopes
and dreams of the world that denies the testimony of God about His Son, like an enemy overruns the
fortresses and strongholds so that ruin may overtake them by surprise17 and what the wicked dreads will
overtake him.18

Thus, for surprise to be part of the overtaking, then that which we plan, desire and pray must be in
secret. Prayed alone with the Father watching so that we reap the reward now and no one except the
Father knows what we have prayed, prayers agreed to amongst ourselves publicly so that they are done
as the Lord has said, yet, no one else is any the wiser to what we prayed.

As Amos wrote: Therefore, the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil,19 so our
silence would appear to be a lack of resistance. In order to overtake the words and actions of the
wicked, it is time we prove the Father true when He said, “If as one people speaking the same language
they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”20

The secret of overtaking lies not in what we say publicly, but what we pray in secret, thus when we have
taken captive our thoughts and made them obedient to Christ, we are ready to punish. AMEN

14
Amos 9:13
15
Amos 9:10
16
Mark 13:19
17
Psalm 35:8
18
Proverbs 10:24
19
Amos 5:13
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Genesis 11:6

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Overturning the World

The purpose of the overflow overrunning and overtaking the ways and works of men and devils is to
overthrow and overturn them so that there will be total devastation of the works of all who forsake God.

The overcomer must overcome sentimentality, which tempts them to keep the old ways and mix it with
the new. The moment James mixed the old in with the new in Acts 15, the ability for the church to
overcome, in the way the Lord had in mind to overcome, was lost. Do not forget, what we think and
consider and what our opinion is on any matter or subject, does not count if it does not agree with what
God has in mind, has purposed and has planned.

Thus, when you say a person is good, that is a matter of opinion. When Jesus said, “No one is good,
except God alone,”1 that is not a matter of opinion but the truth. The Lord’s overcomers must learn to
separate themselves, which is to be holy, from the opinions, recommendations and judgements of men
and stand with the T/truth only, which is the W/word of God. As the Lord said, “No one sews a patch of
unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear
worse.”2 Nothing from the New Covenant can be applied to the Old Covenant to mend the Old Covenant
for it will only make the Old Covenant worse. If that is the case, then how much less sense is it to attach
a piece of old cloth to a perfectly brand new cloth, which needs no mending? That is what the opinion of
James the Younger in Acts 15 did to the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

When Jesus went into the Temple on two different occasions, and overturned the tables of the money
changers and scattered their coins, the first time He did it, He overturned the tables to get them out of
the Temple, for He said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn My Father’s house into a market!”3
The second time, just before His crucifixion, He overturned them again, saying, “It is written, ‘My house
will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’ ”4 However, He had in mind
what He had taught: “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the Gate, but
climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.”5

He was obviously telling us that the way of the Old Testament, which is seeking righteousness with God
by observance of the Law of Moses rather than through faith in Him, is the way of the thief who “comes
only to steal and kill and destroy.”6 When Jesus first overturned the money changers’ tables, He was
doing so to put them back into their proper place outside the Temple gates, not inside the Temple, but
the second time He overturned the tables, which had remained inside the Temple by the way for they had
not listened to Him, was to overturn as to overthrow, as to destroy irrevocably. He was by word and by
action declaring that which would come: the establishment of the New Covenant through His sacrifice
that would completely render obsolete the Old Covenant as a means of righteousness with God and rules
by which men could live by. From then on, it would be listening to Jesus that would be the Law by which
men would live by.

However, the art of overturning and overthrowing the works of sinful men and devils lies not in their
utter devastation as much as in having overturned them and overthrown them to use them for God’s
purpose. It was prophesied that “Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians pride will
be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.”7 The fate of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis gives
us a very vivid picture of what God means by overthrow. Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on
Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the Heavens. Thus He overthrew those cities and the entire
plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.8 The complete
devastation of Sodom and Gomorrah is the foretaste of that which will happen when Jesus arrives, as
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians: And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will
overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendour of His coming.9

That is the way the Overcomer Himself, our Lord, who overthrows His enemies without giving them any
recourse for action in the finality of judgement. However, that is not the way for us—not yet. For when
Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers in John 2:15, He did so to restore proper order in the
old way, and to set up the necessary opposition, yes, necessary opposition, so that the word of the Lord
would be fulfilled. When He overturned the tables the first time, it caused the Jews to demand of Him,

1
Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18
2
Matthew 9:16 (Mark 2:21; Luke 5:36)
3
John 2:14-16
4
Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17 (Jeremiah 7:11)
5
John 10.1
6
John 10:10
7
Isaiah 13:19
8
Genesis 19:24-25
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2 Thessalonians 2:8

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“What miraculous sign can You show us to prove Your authority to do all this?” to which Jesus replied,
“Destroy this Temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”10 This was the statement that would later
allow His accusers to misquote due to the two who bore Him false witness. Finally two came forward and
declared, “This Fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ”11
Thus, it allowed Jesus to become sin through His silence and refusal to rebut the false testimony.

That first overturning of restoring the correct order in the Temple set up the situation by which the
transfer of sin could be affected upon Him so that He could be the sin offering. Likewise now, the
overcomer, or rather those who seek to be overcomers, must learn to overturn and overthrow in a two
step fashion. The first is to restore to proper place and order whilst at the same time, setting up for the
next and final encounter. Unlike Sodom and Gomorrah, which were overthrown without any warning for
the angels warned no one except Lot and his family, now through the grace that has come through Jesus
Christ, when God overthrows or overturns anything, He first issues a warning that sets and restores that
which is astray to its proper place. However, the wisdom of God is such that He knows that men will not
heed the warning, and so He uses the first warning to set up for the last devastating move when He
overthrows irrevocably, just like He did to Sodom and Gomorrah.

The restoration of the command, “Listen to Him (Jesus)!”12 at this time in history is just like Jesus telling
the money changers to get out of the Temple. He did not outlaw the money changing, but merely
wanted it to be carried out outside of His Father’s house. Likewise now, the restoration of the command
to listen to Jesus is a restoration and recommendation for all disciples to align their ears correctly, and
the command to listen to the Holy Spirit is to align the ears of the churches.13 Nothing is forbidden, we
are only restoring that which is the best and most profitable way for those who profess to be disciples of
Christ. As much as we commend to all and remind all that they must listen to Jesus, they are not
forbidden from listening to James the Younger or practising his teachings in his letter, nor are they
forbidden to listen to anyone who comes in the Name of Jesus and/or God. That is what you must learn
as you continue to turn into an overcomer. An overcomer does not judge or condemn, but rather opens
the way and raises the standard by which judgement can come because those they have warned have
not listened. If Lot had not lived in Sodom as a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of
lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous
soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—14 then God could not judge Sodom and Gomorrah for
there would have been no standard.

Likewise, the Lord is raising up overcomers who have overcome the sentimentality of upholding traditions
at the expense of listening to Jesus—overcomers who overcome persecutions and hardships, even
disfellowship and imprisonment, who overcome the easy peace and walk the way of the hard fought
victory, who not only listen to Jesus but find such delight in obeying Him and practising His strange and
uncompromising words, that the Lord again, indeed, has a standard by which to judge just as He did in
the days of Noah and Lot. If Noah never completed the ark, God could not send the flood, and if Lot did
not live in Sodom, God could not overthrow Sodom and Gomorrah. Likewise, if the Lord does not have
His elect who delight in obeying the Father’s and the Son’s commands to “listen,” then neither can the
Lord be taken out of the way so that the lawless one can be revealed, nor is He able to execute
judgement according to His new commands of listening on individuals who profess to be disciples and
collections of people who profess to be the church.

Steadfast, unrelenting zeal for the Lord in listening to Him and in taking a confrontational stance, as
Jesus did when He first overturned those tables in the Temple, is the first step in setting up the whole
world for its final overthrow by the Lord Himself on His return. Thus, those who seek and desire to be
overcomers, must, whilst they live on the Earth, walk listening to Jesus and practise His words in such a
way that it is as confrontational to those who hold to watered down and twisted traditions and doctrines
as it was confronting to those money changers whose tables were overturned by Jesus.

The confrontational stance is designed to set up resistance, not avoid resistance, but rather, it is to raise
up resistance so that people will resist us, must resist us, not befriend us or tolerate us. Their resistance
against us proves we are not evil by the truth that Jesus commanded, “But I tell you, do not resist an evil
person.”15 As their resistance to our march mounts up to a counter attack, then we turn the tables on
them by not resisting them, thus proving by the T/truth that they are evil so judgement can come.

10
John 2:18-19
11
Matthew 26:61
12
Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35
13
Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22
14
2 Peter 2:7-8
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Matthew 5:39

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Thus, even as we overflow, overrunning and overtaking the plans of the world with the plans of God by
our constant obedient practice of the commands of Jesus so that God might have a standard by which to
judge, the surging of the flood is not a mindless undisciplined charge of destruction, but rather a cunning,
yes, cunning, scheme by which the plans and ways of all the enemies of God are overturned so that the
truth of their hearts are revealed by their words and the foolishness of their ways are judged by their
actions. Cunning because Jesus said we are to “be as shrewd (wise) as snakes and harmless (innocent)
as doves.”16 The only way to minimise further harm to future generations is to have Satan locked up for
one thousand years and Jesus reigning on the Earth. As such, all events that lead up to the arrival of
Jesus are events that are designed by God to minimise harm to all who are meek so that they may
inherit the Earth.17

The zeal with which we practise the word of Jesus must be like the zeal that consumed Jesus when He
overturned the tables. We must set up for all to see what the church at full power was always meant to
be so that all may be judged by what they think, say and do. Since there is no church where all who are
sick are healed, then God cannot judge those who seek the wisdom of men and science for their healing,
the same wisdom and science that openly declares God does not exist with its fine theories. But if there
is a church at full power where all are healed, then the Lord can judge even the sick. Since there is no
church where food is multiplied and water is turned to good wine for free, then the Lord cannot judge
those who seek to perpetrate buying and selling by imposing on them the Law of Supply and Demand
and reinforcing that law by artificial lack to support greed. However, if the church at full power is
available to multiply food and provide all the essentials of life for free, then God is able to condemn all
who still seek to protect the system of buying and selling by taking on the mark of the beast to protect
the cursed fortress of artificial greed. An example of artificial greed is while the world is offended at the
human cost of conflict on blood diamonds and seeks to stem its trade, yet it does not take the right steps
to end the state of artificial lack created by the diamond traders.

Since the church without power has often come into nations to spread diseases and covet their gold, even
subjecting the very people God sent them to set free into slavery, the Lord cannot judge those who
condemn, rile against, and attack His church. But a church at full power that heals all the sick and makes
gold as common as wood, that sets the people free, that is attacked, then God is able to judge on behalf
of the church against her attackers and accusers.

As I have said before, the existence of such a fellowship, a fellowship of overcomers displaying to the
world what God had raised up the church for, to bless the world and yet that is attacked by the world,
will rouse the jealous anger of the Lord to send Jesus thundering back with all His angels to rescue and
deliver His saints on Earth.

Thus, until the standard was raised, until God found His Noah and the ark was completed, the ancient
world could not be overthrown by the flood. God gave Noah a task that took one hundred and twenty
years to give the people of his time fair warning. If Lot had not moved to Sodom and lived the life of a
righteous man, tormented in his soul daily by the sinfulness of Sodom, God could not overthrow Sodom.

Likewise, the art of overturning and overthrowing the works of the enemies of God is to first give a
warning to set them up for the judgement, to set up a standard of proper behaviour and position, and
then to return to see if it has been listened to. The science of overturning and overthrowing the works
of the enemies of Jesus is simple, a zealous and confrontational stance on listening to Jesus and the
practice of His words so that the tear in the old garment will get worse, not better. It is not the lot of the
overcomer to abide in peace with the world, for Jesus Himself said, “Do not suppose that I have come to
bring peace to the Earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn 'a man
against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man's
enemies will be the members of his own household.' ”18 The world cries out for peace, but “There is no
peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”19

As the world commensurates the birth of the Overcomer, Jesus Christ, let us bless it with the words of
the angels who witnessed the miracle of the Word who became flesh through the virgin birth at
Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace to men on whom His favour rests.”20 And
while His favour rests on us, let us listen to the Spirit of the Overcomer, the Holy Spirit. AMEN

16
Matthew 10:16 [NLT, NIV, ESV, NASB]
17
Matthew 5:5
18
Matthew 10:34-36
19
Isaiah 57:21
20
Luke 2:13-14

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To Overpower

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone
stronger attacks and overpowers (conquers1) (overcomes2) him, he takes away the armour in which the
man trusted and divides up the spoils.”3

The whole focus of the overcomer is centred on the degree of power that he has, so that all the other
features of the overcomer as one who overshadows, overflows, overruns, overtakes and overturns his
enemies is vented out in one key ingredient—power and the degree of that power. The Amplified Bible
uses the word “conquers” for the overpowering, which points to the position of one who attacks as to
take and subjugate. As such, the overcomer whom Jesus is looking for from His churches who He would
reward whenever He said, “To him who overcomes…”4 means to him who overpowers and conquers, not
to him who defends or survives.

As such, an overcomer is a conqueror, yet Paul wrote for the church in Rome, No, in all these things we
are more than conquerors through Him who loves us,5 so that we are more than overcomers in the things
that Paul listed - trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword.6 Yet as long as
you see overcoming as a matter of surviving and defending, then the fullness of what an overcomer
really is remains hidden. We are more than conquerors in trouble, hardship, persecutions, famine,
nakedness, dangers and swords, and what is a person who is more than a conqueror? He or she is a
controller. When we need to conquer, that is to overcome something, we are not in control yet, but
once we are in control, then we have conquered. So, the overcomer who has the ability to overpower is
really on the way to be the controller, the controller of trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness,
danger and sword. God isn’t just the Overcomer; He never was just the Overcomer with surpassing
power, but He is and has always been the One who is in control, for He is and has always been more than
a Conqueror.

The Psalmist said, “You set a boundary they cannot cross…”7 and this He displayed when He permitted
Satan to touch Job thus far and no further in Job 1 and 2. Jesus showed that He was in control of His
own destiny when He said, “The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life—only to take it up
again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and
authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”8 “For just as the Father raises
the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it.”9 “I form the
light and create darkness. I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.”10

It is not as if God forms the light and brings prosperity whilst Satan created the darkness and disasters—
no, all things are from God. It is just that through the gift of free choice, we choose what we receive
from God, and God knows exactly the consequence we have given ourselves through our choice. As
such, He dispenses His grace and mercy to help us—and even in that He is in complete control, for He
said, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy…”11 Thus, even things that we fear and seek to avoid
as the frail human beings that we are, the seven dreaded things that many of us fear more than we fear
God—trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword—God is in control, and He
wants us to be in control of them as He is. However, before we can be controllers, we must be
overcomers, and before we can reign and rule, we must be conquerors.

The seven dreaded things—trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword—are all
life threatening and life taking matters, and it is those who have not feared the loss of their life who, as
Jesus said, will keep it for eternal life.12 That is why the saints who were beheaded for the sake of their
testimony of Jesus and the word of God are all coming back to reign with Him so that, having lost their
lives, they are keeping it as part of their eternal lives to get to know Him as He who reigns by reigning
with Him. In the Millennium, they will be able to experience being in control, which is to reign, as God is
in control. However, for us in this age, we are to be raised up and to raise up witnesses of the stature of
the two in Revelation 11, witnesses who will be masters of control displaying the power of the Lord

1
AMP
2
KJV
3
Luke 11:21-22
4
Revelation 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,21
5
Romans 8:37
6
Romans 8:35
7
Psalm 104:9
8
John 10:17-18
9
John 5:21
10
Isaiah 45:7
11
Exodus 33:19
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entrusted to them to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and
they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often
as they want. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will
attack them, and overpower and kill them.13 These men cannot be killed unless they permit it, which is
why it is not until they have finished their testimony that they permit the beast to kill them, thus giving
the rest of us the final signal that Jesus will arrive three and a half days after they are killed. So, these
two witnesses are more than conquerors, more than overcomers, for they have learned control to lay
down their lives as Jesus did when and how they need to.

The journey from believer to overcomer to being more than a conqueror begins with the believer who
becomes a disciple and a disciple who receives the Holy Spirit, not a disciple who leaves Jesus because of
hard teachings.14 Power comes from the Holy Spirit, for Jesus said, “You will receive power when the
Holy Spirit comes on you.”15 However, how much power you will receive and are allowed to manifest will
depend on your growth and progression in stature before God (and before men). Now, we are no longer
speaking about having some degree of power, but an excessive degree of power, an abundance over the
top degree of power so that you are stronger than your enemies. This is no longer just the power to
endure, the power to survive, or the power to defend, or to hold onto what we have been given, but the
power to attack, becoming that someone stronger who attacks any strongman who is fully armed and
guarding his possessions.

When Jesus first sent the twelve out, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to
cure diseases, and He sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.16 That first
deposit of power was given to them to preach the Kingdom of God, yet that power was not present in the
nine at the bottom of the Mount of Transfiguration a few days or weeks later. So lacking was the power
for the demon was not driven out, that Jesus called them, “O unbelieving and perverse, perverted17
generation, faithless and corrupt people18…”19 a statement that did not exclude the nine disciples. For
when Jesus arrived when they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the
teachers of the Law arguing with them. So Jesus asked them, “What are you arguing with them
about?”20 See the difference between the nine who were arguing and the two of Revelation 11 who were
testifying. When we argue, which we love to do, we become as unbelieving and perverse as the teachers
of the Law. Why? Because Jesus said, “Do not resist an evil person.”21 Any form of argument is in fact a
form of resistance. Testimony is not resistance, for when Jesus was asked, “Are You the Christ, the Son
of the Blessed One?” Jesus answered and prophesied, saying, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man
sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of Heaven.”22 In a way, Jesus was
already blessing the high priest to remain alive till He arrived. (For at that point in time, the apostles had
yet to be persecuted and scatter as arrayed in Acts 8 to fulfil Jesus’ words: “I tell you the truth, you will
not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”23)

Failure to exercise sufficient power to heal and drive out demons does not call for arguments but for
repentance. That is why you are commanded to be in continuous repentance, continuous until you have
the ability to attack and overpower. Repentance can cease when obedience is complete, for complete
obedience negates the need for repentance, as Paul wrote: And we will be ready to punish every act of
disobedience, once your obedience is complete.24 Ultimately for the church, that obedience is complete
with the death of the two witnesses at Jerusalem in Revelation 11 when those who could keep
themselves alive choose to lay down their lives as Christ did to be witnesses that Jesus loves the Father
and did exactly what the Father commanded Him when He said, “This command I received from My
Father.”25

The nine had power to drive out demons, but their power was not perfect, which was why they could not
drive it out when they needed to at the foot of the Mount of Transfiguration. We have a measure of
power, but it is far from perfect, and when we, like the nine, start arguing with the teachers of the Law
and the crowd, we forfeit the opportunity to perfect our power. For the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient
for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”26 Why did the Lord leave the nine at the foot of the

13
Revelation 11:5-7
14
John 6:66, (60)
15
Acts 1:8
16
Luke 9:1-2
17
NASB
18
NLT
19
Luke 9:41
20
Mark 9:14, 16
21
Matthew 5:39
22
Mark 14:61-62
23
Matthew 10:23
24
2 Corinthians 10:6
25
John 14:31; 10:18
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mountain and took only three up? It was their opportunity to experience the power they had been given
made perfect in weakness. Repentance for their lack of faith and perhaps practice of the words of the
Lord, instead of arguing with the teachers of the Law, thus making themselves weak or appear weak in
the eyes of those who were looking for an opportunity to accuse them, was the Lord’s way for the nine to
experience a perfecting of the power.

He left nine at the bottom of the mountain and took three up to the top with Him to show us that
whether we are at the top with Him or at the bottom without Him, His power is always with us for His
grace is sufficient for us. John wrote: From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing
after another.27 It is the grace of God that always blesses us, not the truth, for the truth of God can
judge us and condemn us. The three up at the top saw a display of power from Jesus and through Jesus,
and were given a command. The nine at the bottom were given an opportunity to display the power
rather than watch it, and to fulfil a command rather than to receive a new one. Those up at the top saw
something new and were given something new to follow. Those at the bottom did something different;
they experienced what it was to encounter a situation of difficulty and how to overcome it. Had the nine
at the bottom stayed true to the words of Jesus, and instead of arguing, repented and testified to what
they had done, and in humility continued to practise driving out that demon whilst they waited on the
Lord, they would have succeeded, succeeded in overcoming failure and overcoming the temptation to
argue, that is to defend themselves against their accusers. So, in truth, who was given the greater
opportunity to come to know the power of God and become an overcomer? …The three at the top of the
mountain who watched and listened, or the nine at the bottom who were given the opportunity to do
something even if they failed?

Now, it is time to come to that place, not that we are slandering our forefathers, no, but to come to that
place of truth. There is no mention in the NIV and OKJV concordances of repentance by the disciples, not
when they disobeyed and went to Capernaum instead of Bethsaida after the feeding of the 5000, not
when they failed to drive out the demon, not when they fell asleep as the Lord prayed, and not even
when Peter denied the Lord. For it is written: He went outside and wept bitterly,28 and He began to call
down curses on himself,29 but the word “repent” is not there.

Yet, “The time has come, the Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”30 is what the
Lord preached. That is why the words “unbelieving and perverse” were used by Jesus to the arguing
disciples; unbelieving because they could not manifest the Kingdom of God and perverse because they
did not repent. By the way, Paul is the only one who ever wrote: Forgive me this wrong! 31 There is no
mention of repentance that they did not wait for the Holy Spirit before they appointed Matthias. There is
no mention by Peter in his letters of repenting of his hypocrisy that Paul charged him with at Galatia.

Yet, to all churches Jesus asked, demanded, and commanded repentance to the point that He used these
words: “If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place”32 to the
church at Ephesus, as well as to the churches of Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis and Laodicea.33 The
majority of churches had things to repent of. The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, said to Israel,
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have
none of it.”34 Grace comes and flows in abundance because of repentance; even Ahab was shown grace
and given a stay of his execution when he repented.35

Unless you try to do something, you will never know what you can or cannot do. You can believe all you
want about the words of Jesus, but unless you put them to practice, you will not know whether you can
do what you believe and are commanded to do. Thus, the overcomer is not a theorist, but rather he is
one who has put his faith to the test, and even tested that which he believes that he or she may know
whether there is any truth to that which he or she believes in. Testimonies are not fine sounding theories
born of observation only, but are born of the testing of faith, which in essence is the theories that one
believes in until they are proven true.

When Jesus came and began to preach, one thing that many who heard Him noted immediately was the
authority with which He preached. The crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as One
who had authority, and not as their teachers of Law.36 Part of Jesus’ authority lay in His testimony. He

27
John 1:16
28
Luke 22:62
29
Mark 14:71
30
Mark 1:15
31
2 Corinthians 12:13
32
Revelation 2:5
33
Revelation 2:16,22; 3:3,19
34
Isaiah 30:15
35
1 Kings 21:29
36
Matthew 7:28-29

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knew that which He was saying was and is the truth and not a theory or a doctrine that had yet to be
tested. And because He always did exactly what He was commanded, and He succeeded, Jesus never
had to repent. But we not only do not do what we are commanded, but when we do it, we do not
succeed. As such, from us should come continuous repentance until the perfection that we have received
through loving our enemies is proved by the hallmark of our success. However, there is a reluctance in
us, almost an apostolic tradition in us to argue rather than to repent when we fail to do that which the
Lord had told us we are able to do. You see, success comes from the Lord and when we fail, the Lord
already knows the vessels He has chosen. Failure does not make you look small or bad in the eyes of the
Lord when you are practising His commands, neither does success make you look anymore important,
but failure does make you look small in the eyes of the crowd and that is what we argue against.
Repentance before the Lord and silence in the face of our accusers when we fail to produce the result
promised by the word we placed our faith in because our practice is imperfect, is the weakness that
makes the power of God perfect in us. That is when the overcomer emerges out of you. When you have
something to overcome, then the overcomer emerges. Before you come to the place that you are eligible
for the sevenfold trial of trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword, you must
first overcome yourself and your reluctance to repent. Remember, this is not a teaching for the
immature, but a harder teaching for those who have been permitted to mature.37 So, do not twist this
teaching as Paul’s has been twisted.

Even though we repented when we first came into the Kingdom, indeed, repentance is the first step to
entry into the Kingdoms of Heaven and of God, now even more, repentance is needed, for whenever we
practise the word of the Lord and we do not produce the result, we have in truth put the word of God to
shame and even His choice of us as disciples to question. Without argument, without defence, without
resistance, we must learn to repent continuously even as we practise continuously the word of the Lord.
Repentance ceases only for those who have died and faced judgement, or for those who should have died
for the sake of their testimony and the word of God. But, until you stand before the Lord and hear these
words from Him personally, “good and faithful servant,” I personally recommend continuous unceasing
repentance. “Good and faithful servant” is the exact opposite of “unbelieving and perverse generation.”
The latter He spoke in fact to a group of disciples; the former He spoke in a figure of speech whilst
teaching from a parable. If only it were the reverse.

Thus, it is not whether you have sufficient power to overpower your enemy, for even the beast that
comes out of the Abyss will be able to overpower the two witnesses of Revelation 11, but it is the manner
in which you arrived to that position of exceedingly sufficient power by repentance or by lack of
repentance. And after that, your degree of power is truly judged by the enemy you face. For the beast’s
ability to overcome the witnesses that set the world rejoicing is merely the last act of God’s powerful
delusion that will been sent so that those who are perishing will believe the lie.38 The coming of the
lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles,
signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because
they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so
that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have
delighted in wickedness.39 The delusion set up by the death of the two witnesses is such that the world
will celebrate and worship the beast and his mark in such a way that they will be “eating and drinking,
marrying and being given in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building,”40 carrying on business
as usual right up to the day when Jesus arrives and suddenly they hear these words, “Come up here.”41
Between Revelation 11:12 and 19:19, an unknown period of time will pass allowing the beast to gather
his armies to fight a battle in which will have the result that he will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will
overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendour of His coming.42

In order to save us from any such delusion, the Lord has blessed us with enemies like Satan who will
neither give up nor surrender, but will continually resist our every step so that at all times, we will face
trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword that will take the power of the Holy
Spirit to overcome. These seven “things” as Paul calls them, in which we are made more than
conquerors, are overcome by the seven rewards of the overcomer, that is, the seven prizes of the
conqueror: To eat from the tree of life; invulnerability even by the second death; to be given some of
the hidden manna and a white stone with a new name written on it known only to him who receives it;
power and authority over the nations; to be dressed in white and not have our name blotted out of the
book of life; to be made a pillar in the temple of God and have written on him the Name of God and the
name of the city of God, the New Jerusalem, and Jesus’ new Name; and will be given the right to sit with

37
Hebrews 6:1-4
38
2 Thessalonians 2:11
39
Revelation 11:9-12
40
Luke 17:27, 28
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Revelation 11:12
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Jesus on His throne.43 Through the sevenfold rewards of the overcomer, we will have overpowered, that
is overcome, the seven things Paul spelt out for us and become more than conquerors, that is,
controllers. We will in fact control the degree of trouble, hardship, persecutions, famine, nakedness,
danger and sword that can even come against us so as to reinforce the delusion for those who love
wickedness and draw them out to face the Lord on His arrival that it may be clearly seen that their deeds
were evil. Jesus said, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness
instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come
into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”44

If we who are already righteous by faith, remain in continuous repentance for our practice of His words,
then we will have cut the ground from beneath those who stand in their own righteousness. Once we
understand what a true overcomer is when it comes to repentance and righteousness, then we are able
to punish. Once our power is made perfect by the sufficiency of His grace in our weakness, then we can
attack. And attack we shall, for when our weaknesses have made us stronger then Satan, and Satan,
that is those who do not have in mind the things of God but of men, as well as the devil himself, then we
are as the Lord said, “someone stronger who attacks and overpowers,45 conquers,46 overcomes,47 takes
away the armour… and divides up the spoils.” Thus, we are and will eventually overpower and strip from
man the four powers of politics, intellectualism, financial, and military might.

For now, we will continue to practise the words of Jesus and give thanks for whatever success we have so
that more shall be given until we have more than enough. But to our practice and thanksgiving add
continuous repentance, repentance for every practice that does not succeed so that in our weaknesses,
His power is made perfect in us. He whose power is perfect will always overwhelm.

43
Revelation 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,21
44
John 3:19-21
45
NIV
46
AMP
47
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Overwhelmed by the Overcomer

In the Gospel of Mark, it is written: As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with
wonder and ran to greet Him.1 This incident was at the foot of the Mount of Transfiguration with the
crowd of people who had been arguing with the nine disciples whom Jesus had left at the bottom of the
Mountain, who couldn’t drive out the demon.

When the disciples could not drive out the demon, they began to argue with the teachers of the Law.
That is what has been happening in the churches when we can no longer do the things that Jesus told us
to do, which are to preach the Good News, drive out demons and heal the sick, so we started arguing
with the world. When the miraculous disappears, we had to defend our morality, which is our way of life
and our way of deciding what is good or evil. If the church could still heal all the sick, drive out all
demons, multiply food, change water to good wine and had spent the last 2000 years practising this daily
to develop its miraculous powers to the point of being able to change gunpowder to sawdust, plutonium
to lead, calm storms with a word, and like Elisha, blind whole armies with a word, disarm them and then
heal them, the church now would not be involved in a war of words arguing with the teachers of various
laws, laws of physics, which is science, laws of religion, and laws of men about the validity of Jesus’
teachings, and defending morality.

When you listen to the articles written by various overseers of various churches in newspapers, they are
always written in defence of faith and morality, setting forth their arguments just like the nine at the
bottom of the mountain. Now, look at the reaction of the crowd when they saw Jesus, for they were
overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him. That is what the world, which wants to get rid of the
evil affecting mankind, is waiting for, someone to show them Jesus so that they will run to Him. They do
not want another set of arguments about morality or holiness but a display of the miraculous. Jesus had
just come down from the Mount of Transfiguration where His clothes had become dazzling white.
Perhaps the crowd saw His face, just like Moses’ face used to shine whenever he came out from being in
the presence of God.

What would the crowd have done had the disciples been able to drive out the demon? What effect would
that have had on the teachers of Law? In your training now to graduate to becoming an overcomer, you
and I must be able to overwhelm people with amazement, just as Jesus did when He caused a deaf and
mute man to speak with two words, “Be opened!”2 It was the continuous display of signs and wonders in
healing and deliverance that drew large crowds to Jesus again and again. So, if we want to draw men
and women so that we can teach them to listen to Jesus, we must have the ability to overwhelm them
with signs and wonders. It is the grace of God that permits us a period of time to display the power in
healing and deliverance to overwhelm the people with amazement that they may repent and listen to
Jesus. However, we are now 2000 years since Mark 9:15 and we are in the season of the appearance of
the antichrist, the man who will likewise amaze people with signs and wonders through the false prophet,
so that he can declare himself as God in the holy Temple of God. Thus, for now, the resurrection of the
power in the disciples of Christ has a twofold purpose, both of which will overwhelm the world.

The first is to resurrect the church to full power so that once more all who are sick are healed so that
crowds are drawn to Jesus to create an opportunity for the false prophet to betray the Lord and use His
power to breathe life into the image of the beast so that the antichrist will take the stage in preparation
for Jesus’ arrival.

The second is to raise up witnesses of the calibre exceeding those of Revelation 11 so that from the elect,
two are selected for the honour of fulfilling Revelation 11. The power displayed by the two witnesses is
just as overwhelming, shutting the sky so that it does not rain while they are prophesying and striking
the Earth with plagues as often as they wish.

Now, listen and understand; when Jesus was on Earth, He overwhelmed people with amazement, with
signs and wonders and with His appearance, but He Himself was deeply distressed and troubled, so much
so that He confessed to His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”3 Now
we are to reverse the situation, to overwhelm the Father and the Lord with amazement with the signs
and wonders that we do in His Name, doing even the greater things and to cause the world to be
overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. The signs and wonders an overcomer does, are not for
the benefit of the people but for the benefit of God alone. The conqueror does not conquer for the
benefit of those he attacks, but for his own benefit and his kingdom’s benefit. This then is to be your

1
Mark 9:15
2
Mark 7:34 (31-37)
3
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attitude. For the healing of the sick, heal them not for their sake but for the sake of the Lord’s Name.
Drive out demons, not for the sake of the demon oppressed but for God’s sake. Feed the hungry, not for
their sake but for the sake of the Lord’s word because He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith
in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to
the Father.”4 The only difference between the false prophet and those who remain true to the Lord is for
whose sake you will do the signs and wonders. The same people who ran to Jesus with amazement are
the same people who later crucified Him. The overcomer is not raised up for the sake of the people, but
for God’s sake. It will be this attitude that will permit the two witnesses to be raised up to display God’s
power in overwhelming fury in these last days.

He poured out His love for us in overwhelming humility and kindness, and we repaid Him with total
indifference, and worse than that, caused His soul to be overwhelmed with sorrow. Now, after 2000
years of waiting, do you think that God is going to pour out His overwhelming love again or
overwhelming fury? Jesus warned us these will be days of distress unequalled since the beginning of the
world with earthquakes, famines and plagues.5 “There will be great earthquakes, famines and
pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from Heaven. ...because those will be
days of distress unequalled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be
unequalled again.”6

If you look at what those two witnesses, the two prophets, are doing in Revelation 11, you realise those
famines and pestilences are from them, that is, the shutting up of the sky and striking the Earth with
plagues as often as they wished. The earthquakes are merely from the Earth vomiting out the people
who have desecrated the land. Thus, the overcomer overwhelms with signs and wonders, all power and
authority, overruns and overturns all strongholds and overtakes the march of all of his enemies as He
overflows. However, if your attitude is to do this for the sake of the people, you will not be able to fulfil
the task for the overwhelming power of the overcomer now is to display the fury of the Lord. Of course,
if you do this for your sake, you are already a good candidate for the position of the false prophet, but if
you do this for the sake of Jesus and His Father, then you will be witnesses of the overwhelming fury of
the Lord. Proverbs says, Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming…7 Nahum prophesied: The Lord is good,
a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him, but with an overwhelming flood, He will
make an end of Nineveh.8 And God is the same yesterday and today and tomorrow. When Nineveh
repented at the preaching of Jonah, God spared them, but when they were excessively cruel to Israel,
God destroyed them. The words of Nahum, “overwhelming flood”, gives the picture of what this final
outpouring of power and grace will be like, overflowing and sweeping all before it like a tsunami.
Although I have heard prosperity preachers describe the overflow of God’s abundance as a tsunami of
blessings, these same preachers do not know the Lord God in His fullness. They do not know the Lord
God who has waited patiently for centuries for His people to listen to Him and to obey Him, and what He
does when they continue to be obstinate. Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand by the sea, only
a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous.9

The restoration of the command to “listen to Him [Jesus]!”10 is like the restoration of the Law in the days
of King Josiah. The restoration of the command will not turn aside the destruction and distress that has
been decreed, but rather, it will leave those to whom it has been restored to with no excuse when
destruction comes. Just as Josiah’s life and actions left his successors with no excuses for turning to
foreign gods so that the destruction promised would come for Jerusalem, now this ministry, which has
been raised up to restore the command, “Listen to Him!” clearly and succinctly will leave all who hear yet
ignore the warning with no excuse when the destruction comes.

So, learn from our forefathers, if we are unable to do what Jesus said we are to do, do not argue but just
repent. Once we are able to do what Jesus said we could do, then there is no need for argument. Where
would be the illicit drug problem if the church could change heroin to sugar? Where could the child
molesters shelter if the church had the power to drop them dead with a word? If Ananias and Sapphira
were dropped dead for cheating on a little money, what would and should happen to those child
molesters? Where would there be famines and genocides caused by wars made by despots if the church
had the power to multiply food and change gunpowder to sawdust?

The truth is, we lost the power, we couldn’t drive out the demon, and instead of repenting, we argued.
And without repenting, we asked the Lord, “Why couldn’t we drive out the demon? Why couldn’t we stop
the drugs, the wars and the children being molested?” We did not have enough sense to see what was

4
John 14:12
5
Mark 13; Luke 21; Matthew 24
6
Luke 21:11; Mark 13:19
7
Proverbs 27:4
8
Nahum 1:7-8
9
Isaiah 10:22
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so obvious: “Because you have so little faith.”11 It is because we have so little faith, faith not just as in
belief, no, but faith in obeying and persevering, faith as in trust in God and obedience to God and to stick
to His command to, “Listen to Him [Jesus]!” We placed more faith in ourselves and our own judgements
and recommendations, and followed James the Younger instead of Jesus the Elder. So, make no mistake
from now on, repentance must be and will be continuous until our obedience is complete, and our
obedience is complete when the fury of the Lord is unleashed on this unbelieving world.

In all things that you now do for the Lord, practise to overwhelm whatever faces you, overrunning and
destroying all before you. If it is illness, overwhelm it with health. If it is doubt, overwhelm it with
knowledge. If it is lack, overwhelm it with obedience. Overwhelm everything, overwhelm evil with good,
and overwhelm our failures with repentance until our overwhelming practice grants us such success that
people will run with amazement at the sight of Jesus and His power at work in us. Though they will not
see Jesus but only His power at work in us, they will hear about Jesus and see His words confirmed with
signs and wonders so that they too may repent and live.

The time has come to stop all arguments. Silence! Repentance is what is needed, not more words.
Either listen to Jesus or suffer the consequence. For the time left when repentance was preached with a
plea to believe for the Kingdom of Heaven is near, is nearly over. Soon, the time will come when we can
only say as God said, “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declared the Sovereign Lord.
Repent and live!”12 If the Father takes no pleasure in the death of anyone, how dare we presume that it
pleases Him that Christians die and go to Heaven when His Son clearly said, “I am the Resurrection and
the Life… And whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”13 No, we who are in
the Kingdom already will take the Father’s words to the people of Israel for them to repent and live!
Continuous repentance is what causes the life of Jesus, that abundant life, to flow because we do believe
in everything He has said, even when it is, “whoever lives and believes will never die.”14

Now, practice from here on, for those who have paid the price of discipleship, is to move on to becoming
overcomers. To ensure that our growth in Christ gives us a stature that overshadows all else, that out
of our hearts comes the overflow of His word with such conviction that it overruns all other words,
overtakes all other plans, overturns all other works, overpowers all other powers and overwhelms
everything in front of it like a flood. It is no longer a time for arguments. We have found the true
foundation, Christ and His words alone, to build on with the only power we need, the power of the Holy
Spirit. If the chief cornerstone is not perfect, then the rest of the foundation is not perfect and by and by
the walls will fall down and crash. A 2000 year old structure that has ignored the Chief Cornerstone and
built on dubious foundations is surely ready to fall down. Paul wrote: Consequently, you are no longer
foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone.15 If that is
true, then “Listen to Jesus” is the way to transmit the strength of Jesus through the foundations into the
whole building so that the cracked and broken walls can be repaired.

All who listen to Jesus from now on, with overwhelming desire, love and jealousy for Him, will fulfil these
words of the Lord, “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”16

Overwhelm us O Lord, and we are overwhelmed. AMEN

11
Matthew 17:20
12
Ezekiel 18:32
13
John 11:25-26
14
John 11:25
15
Ephesians 2:19-20
16
Isaiah 58:12

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