Often in life, we encounter difficult situations, challenges that seem impossible, or problems to which we cannot find a solution. What's more, we end up tired and frustrated in our attempts to overcome these obstacles. This leads us to worry even to the point where it affects our relationships and physical health.
The word tells us that in Christ, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Even before this, he declares to us that all things work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28). However, sometimes we find ourselves in complicated situations that make us doubt these truths. But God, in His wisdom and love, encourages us to remain centered on Him.
As we read verses 29 to 36, which are wedged right in between these truths, we realize that God knows very well the difficulties that we face in this life and that He has the answer to every situation. In these verses, we see how God assures us of victory. It motivates us not to faint, although the road will not be easy. Even verse 35 challenges us by asking the questions: "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation, or anguish, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword? "
In other words, you are ensuring that nothing and no one will be able to stop God's purpose in your life as his love for you is so deep. Now, if he was willing to give up everything, even lay down his own life to save us, how much more won't he be willing to do so that we can finish the race well. The chapter ends by saying that nothing "can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39). Glory to God for this beautiful promise!
So we have the victory assured thanks to God's love for us. But what do we do when we are in the middle of the difficulty? The passage from 1 John 5 offers us another wonderful truth that will help us:
"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who was begotten by him. In this, we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and we keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. "1 John 5: 1-3
As we can see, our victory is rooted in abiding in His commandments. The enemy is always looking for us to deviate from the plan or improvise on what God has spoken to us. However, our victory is persevering in Christ as we strive to fulfill what He has commanded us. If we can do this, then victory will come. Let us remember that the nature of God is to overcome. He does not know defeat.
Therefore, wherever He is, there is victory. We see this truth in 1 John 5: 4, which says: "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith."
We have been born again in Christ. We have been born of God. The passage assures that EVERYTHING that is born of God overcomes the world. As disciples, redeemed by the blood, dead to the old way of life, and raised to a new life in Him, we have the guarantee of victory in our new nature.
Every time something of God is born in us, that potential for victory continues to grow and assert itself in our lives. Our responsibility now is to create and keep a propitious environment in our life so that what is of God continues to grow and be birthed.
For example, each seed has in itself the potential to grow and bear fruit, but it needs to be sown, watered, and cared for until the production cycle is completed, and then it creates other processes (the fruit of that seed produces more seeds, which in turn produce more fruit). Similarly, when we are born into God, there is a seed of victory in us that we must water and nurture until it produces and multiplies.
This promise applies to every area of our life: personal, family or community life, etc. Everything born of God conquers the world, even what seems to be very small; however, it has the same potential because it is born of God.
Take courage! We are children born again in Christ and called to victory. So there is already a solution to that situation that is happening with your health, family, marriage, work, etc. Do not lose heart; continue causing what is of God to be birthed in your life, and thus you will enjoy that victory that Christ promised and assured. Because He overcame, we who have been born of Him also overcome.
"These things I have spoken to you so that you may have peace in me. In the world, you will have affliction; but trust me, I have conquered the world. "John 16:33
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At our Pentecost service yesterday, I had four people introduce the Holy Spirit to the congregation as they have experienced Him. I asked them to tell what life was like before they met the Holy Spirit, how they met Him, and what life has been like now in relating with Him.
It is tempting in these times to retreat to dens and caves to protect ourselves and what we have from all the evil forces arrayed against us. We learn daily of new ways big tech companies pervade the land and attempt to control us through what they surreptitiously extract from us.
I had a dream this morning. I was part of a convention with a breakout session of which I was in charge. I was not prepared; I was not adequate for the topic. I was actually making plans on my way into the convention room as to what I would be saying. I saw people making decisions about where they would go, and I knew that no wise person would choose my session, and anybody who came would be disappointed.