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  • Bishop Keith Butler

Keeping the Word

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 2:26-29)


Some catchphrases the church uses today sound exciting, but people should understand the Scriptural context from which they come. For example, being an overcomer in Revelation is connected to guarding God's Word until the end.

Guarding God’s Word means not allowing outside forces to deter you from receiving from what God has to say.


The end of Revelation 2:29 includes another stipulation for overcomers. They must have ears to hear. To successfully live our faith, we need to have ears that are willing to hear what God says about every subject. Hearing is a vital first step, but overcomers must also be willing to do what we heard from God’s Word.


God said He would give the overcomers in the book of Revelation power over the nations. The word nations is ethnos in Greek and means different ethnicities. In other words, God says I will give those who guard my Word authority over many different people from different backgrounds and places.


God wants His children to be in authority on this earth because it gives Him greater opportunity to advance and see the effects of His Kingdom here on earth.


Practical Application – As you grow in the Word, don’t be surprised if God opens doors to leadership positions for you. Maybe there is a promotion in your company or a place in your church that you could help lead. God wants His children to be in authority as overcomers in this life. Pray and ask God to reveal where He wants you to serve as a leader.


Matthew 25:21; Hebrews 11:6

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