IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN THE DUMPS, READ THIS:
I don’t care how good you are, there are those times when life crowds
in on you, saps your strength and you lose a clear sense of
perspective. Fear gnaws
at you, and yes, you begin to wonder if God knows or even cares about
you. Recently, I went through such a period. Subliminally I worried and
God know my circumstances? Will He prove Himself to be faithful once
again as He always has in the past? Can I really count on Him, that He
His promise that He will never leave or forsake me? (See Heb. 13:5) As
I look back, my fears and doubts were irrational, yet very real.
When we are in such a state we need to lay hold of God’s promise. For example:
“…In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world…
veryone born of God overcomes the world.
This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is
the Son of God…
Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession…”
(Jn. 16:33b; I Jn. 5:4, 5; 2 Cor. 2:14b). (See Rom. 8:35-37; Col. 2:13,14)
Because Christ overcame the forces of sin (Rom. 8:3), death (Heb.
2:14), and the forces of hell, (Col. 2:15; 1 Pet. 3:19) we are all over
His overcoming: “…In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37):
“I will give [them] the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Rev 2:7b).
[Overcomers] “will not be hurt at all by the second death” (Rev. 2:11b).
“I will give [overcomers] some of the hidden manna”
(Rev. 2:17b). (See Jn. 6:48-51)
[Overcomers] will “
be dressed in white. I will never blot out [an overcomers’} name from
the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and
“I will give [overcomers] the right to sit w
ith me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev. 3:21b). (See also Rev. 3:12; 21:1-7)
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your
labor in the Lord is not in vain”
(I Cor. 15:58).
This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection.
R. Dwight Hill