And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The character of God is to conquer, but not just to conquer one time, but to continue to conquer. The verse above says that God went forth conquering, and to conquer. In other words, after He finished conquering, He went to conquer more. God did not let the past accomplishments stop Him from moving forward; rather, He continued to conquer.
One of the great mistakes many have made that has led to their eventual demise or death is that they relied on past accomplishments instead of moving forward to more accomplishments. Many churches are dead today because they talk about what they used to do instead of continuing to do something for God today. Many believers have lost their fire and zeal for God in their lives because they rely on what they did yesterday instead of attempting to do something today.
If you are going to live in the character of God, you must acquire the trait that you are never finished. It does not matter what stage of life you are in; you must continue conquering until you are in Heaven. I look at many people I serve with who are in the senior years of their lives, but they have chosen not to be finished in their service to God. My father-in-law, Dr. Steve Heidenreich, is one of the premier missionaries because of what he did when his health was good. However, his health is not good now, but he continues to try and conquer despite his poor health, and that is why the LORD continues to use him in his 70s. The desire never to stop conquering is the key to God using you until the day you die.
You cannot live in past accomplishments and continue to do mighty things for God today. You must look at how much further you have to go if you will see God continue to do mighty works through you. Living on past accomplishments has hurt the drive of many believers. You can talk about what you did yesterday, and there is nothing wrong with this, but you must continue to attempt new things for God today. Past accomplishments are not to be the dwelling place of the believer, but the motivator that God can still do something through you today if you will continue attempting to conquer.
Are you living in yesterday’s accomplishments? Do you talk about what God did through you in the past and never have something new to talk about? Do you talk about the souls you led to Christ years ago but have no soul winning experiences in the present? Are the only big days your church has accomplished from the past? Don't get stuck in yesterday’s accomplishments. Move on to conquer today. It is a wonderful feeling to know that God used you yesterday, but He is not done using you if you will continue to conquer.
My friend, there is so much more to conquer. Always remember that if you want God’s power to continue to rest upon you, you must continue to conquer today. Yesterday’s manna is not good enough for today; you must continue to conquer to see God give you the manna of the miraculous today. God has not lost His power; God’s people have lost their drive to conquer something great for Him. Don't let this be you! Enjoy yesterday’s accomplishment, but attempt something great today; this is the secret to always being relevant in the Christian life.