But Take Heart; I Have Overcome the World.

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I came darn close to shutting down my Twitter account today. The content that was being displayed was hardly encouraging and the vast majority of it came from Christians. And it wasn’t that what they were saying was necessarily wrong, it was what they were experiencing that almost overwhelmed me.

Same thing with FaceBook. Sometimes, even some of the feeds that I get from WordPress touch on different aspects of disagreement, which in and of itself is also not necessarily wrong and that would, of course, also have to include posts that I sometimes author myself. It’s the combination of the argumentative content or tone disseminated over such a wide variety of topics, coupled with an awful lot of real hurting going on with real people, where heart felt sorrow is being experienced by so many and there is still so much suffering and deep wounds that have yet to be healed, that can be overwhelming.

And when I see this, it touches me and then I stop to think about what Jesus said, just prior to Him going to His own crucification.

John 16:32-33 NASB
“Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Jesus didn’t say we may have or might have tribulation, He said we will have tribulation. Jesus also said that in Him we may have peace. When I read this it tells me that there is peace to be found in Jesus if we keep focused on Him and that we are to take heart because Jesus has overcome all the evil and negativity that we currently see in this world. I can’t change what I see, especially if I want to continue to use these various mediums for spreading God’s truth, but I can change how it affects me.

When I see someone who is sick or has been injured, or where someone is broken hearted and full of despair, it just reminds me that what I see here is not forever, and the pain and suffering that is endured by so many will someday be no more. And we can always pray for those who are suffering, we can always lift them up for healing, both physically and spiritually. God does answer many of those prayers.

It’s the sheer amount of suffering and pain that I see that sometimes overwhelms me and it’s my acknowledged inability to change so many things that I would love to see changed. But such is the reality of a world that has forsaken our Creator God and decided to plot its own course. 

It struck me the other day that in just about everything, without God, I am totally powerless to change what I see without and what I see within myself. My dependency is total and its only because of God’s grace that I am where I am today. Everything, literally everything, depends on God’s grace and that is the long and short of it.

And our heavenly Father’s grace and mercy is personified in the person of His Son, Jesus the Christ. Jesus is the expression of His love towards us and our redemption. I marvel that for so long I did not see that and I marvel that for so many, they still do not see it at all.

So I will lift up to God that which I cannot change, I will extend a hand to those who God puts before me on my path and I will encourage all to look at the light that was given to us so that we can indeed see. There really is only one hope for this world and that hope is Jesus.

John 1:1-5 NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome (or understood) it.”

The darkness is man’s ways, without God, and the light is God’s ways, of God. And God’s way is through His Word and Jesus is the Word .

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 comments

      • OK, NOW, addressing your post… I agree with you, Bruce I wish every Christian would realize that without Christ we can do NOTHING. I know there are those who wish I were doing more in the way of protesting and attending town halls, etc. But besides the fact that there are only 24 ours in a day and I am only one person, I don’t see this as a battle we can win in the street, with the exception of those people in the picture I posted who are baptizing in the street in Minneapolis (GLORY!). Otherwise, this is a spiritual battle, one that can’t be won in the natural. So I’m spending my time on my knees.
        As for the eBay blunder, if they keep sending me large instead of small, I may just have to eat more pizza until they get it right. 😉

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      • It amazing what we’re called to do, all in the pursuit of improving customer relations (Pizza)! And I agree with you regarding the protests and town halls, until hearts are changed we’re spinning our wheels. Or at least that is the way that I see it. You have yourself a blessed day Ann and hope your eBay pblm gets worked out! 🙂

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    • OK, so my laptop has been hijacked. That was addressed to eBay, and I guess someone thought it should go to you. (*eye roll*) Feel free to delete it, or keep it as another blunder from “seeking divine perspective.” #nobody’sperfect #Romans3:23

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  1. Good morning Bruce. While we are different, in a lot of ways we still think and believe the same. Of course that could be and is because we read the same bible and have similar Christian history, but it is also because we accepted Jesus to be our Savior and pledged our lives to him. Its because the same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead lives in our hearts and minds.

    I have found that I can be urged from my heart about something only to turn on WDCX 99.5 to hear a Preacher speak the same words, and then realize this message or thought was produced 50 or 60 years ago. The Directors of programming and the Spirit of God in their hearts put the very same things in their hearts and/or the spirit superintended the call of their hearts to speak the message.

    It turns out the scripture is true, we are not our own we were bought with a price. And with that comes leadership from the holy spirit that many times we think is self driven desire but is actually the spirit in our hearts calling God our father and desiring to worship his name. (Romans 8:14…21…26…) When you get into chapter 9 you see Paul focus on what his heart is moved about, the salvation of others.

    Its my belief that in the confusion about what these left milquetoast Christians have done to the Gospel, the spirit burdens your heart and mine. We see the off the road out of focus path they are taking and are moved by it and it is Gods spirit speaking, like the speech to the Churches Revelations. As the spirit of Jesus says, Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

    Some feel that once they get a bit older their life in Christ is over, but actually, these are your best days. With a continued desire to read the bible, to hear the spirit speak to pray for those in need and lost, God will use you more than ever not less. The Ache of the heart will be greater, the Worship will be sweeter and the clarity of what is going on will increase.

    So May God give you paths to the places where you can make a difference and words to say and insight by his spirit knowing we are subservient participants in the Gospel and it is God working in you to do his good pleasure to save some.

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