Life can come at you hard and fast at times. Bills you can’t pay arrive in the mail. A routine checkup delivers a death sentence. Your spouse announces their love for you has run dry. Yes, these may be the extreme cases of life, but even the everyday life can cause you to gasp for air. You feel, “If I could only reach the surface, I could breath.”
It is in those moments having a trusted friend helps. So does having a church to go to where God has prepared a meal for you from his word via your pastor. There are also an abundance of messages online, or on YouTube. Listening to someone else’s testimony can encourage your faith, but keep in mind, just because God did something in one person’s life in a particular way does not mean He will do it that way in your life. The point of a story, or testimony is to help you believe, be convinced, God sees you, knows you, loves you and wants to be active in your life,
Keep this fact in mind; Jesus went to the cross. He died on that cross. His body was removed from that cross, so he is no longer suffering to the point of death. Then, three days after his body was placed in the tomb to rot, to decay, to go away, he overcame the chains of death. He arose from the dead. The stone was rolled away and the light of the morning became his “exit” sign.
My point is this: if you believe in Jesus and the power he demonstrated, and you place your trust in him and you believe that he overcame and can empower you, and lead you to be an overcomer then what’s the problem?
It’s not ignoring the issue(s) of life, but placing them in the hands of the One who overcame not only life, but death! The problem you are currently dealing with does not own you. It does not define you. It has no power over you, because if you give it to Jesus, then you will overcome it. Not only will you look at it in the rearview mirror someday, but you will recount the story of it, to others, to encourage them. To help them overcome their current situation as well.
“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33 (MSG)
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