Thursday, July 21, 2011


"Jesus Christ, who went through hell for you, can give you the power you need to overcome the worst kind of condition in your life." (Chuck Swindoll)

There is no greater peace than knowing that Christ is on my side. When I am in the pit of frustration for whatever reason He has never failed to pull me out. I can have my moment of panic. I can cry. I can even scream. I can even be angry at my God, but as I bring all this emotionally fleshed out ick to Him, He never ceases to amaze me how He turns my ick into peace and my peace into praise.

I realize that as I look at my life I am so extremely blessed.

I am loved and I love.

I have the absolute great joy of teaching the truth to whoever will let me.

I know and have experienced the overcoming power of the grace of God that is available in Christ alone.

I know that no matter how bad I may feel the condition of my life is at any point in time Christ is greater still. His grace abounds.

I believe part of the mercy of our God is letting us know that "In the world you have tribulation" (John 16:33). God tells us "When you pass through the waters... When you walk through the fire," (Isaiah 43:2). He says you have not you might. He says when not if.

Then He says, "but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). And God also says "I will be with you" (Isaiah 43:2).

So my dear precious one, whatever your struggle has been today... whatever it might be tomorrow... know that in Christ you have the power to overcome. I have learned that overcoming doesn't necessarily mean the problem, the struggle goes away, it just means that this struggle will not destroy you. It will indeed only make you stronger.

When we look at our Savior's message to the church in the book of Revelation as He exhorts the churches to overcome He never says He will remove the issue they are told to overcome. He simply says overcome.

So the question is how do we overcome?

The answer:

"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world;
and this is the victory that has overcome the world--
our faith.
Who is the one who overcomes the world,
but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"
(1 John 5:4-5)

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