No matter what is happening in this broken world, I am an overcomer. As believers in Christ the adversity, grief, heartache, woe and injustice that we experience is to be expected. We are not citizens of in this earthly realm; our home is in heaven . We are foreigners here, aliens on a journey. It would stand to reason that we will experience enmity, bigotry, bias, hate. The world will not embrace us nor will its systems treat us with fairness. Sadly, many of us, who are citizens of heaven, have forgotten our place and are treating other citizens of heaven in ways that we should not — but I digress.
It can be difficult to muster the strength to hold on to joy and peace.
But, I have chosen to hold on to joy and peace.
As we grieve the things that happen to us on this earth, we can rejoice that we are not alone nor or we forsaken! We have a great High Priest who is acquainted with the troubles that we face. He is limitless in His mercy and grace and He invites us to cast our cares upon Him. We are His chosen children – He loves us and wants what is best for us. You see, the world wants us to believe that all is lost, that our case is hopeless, that the battles will never end, that we are less than deserving of a peaceful life. But God has told us over and over again in His word that this is simply not true. We will overcome! We can hold on to joy because our hope does not lie in the things of this world or in the systems of this world, but in The One who cannot and will not fail; in The One who loves truly and perfectly; in The One who is our all!
Much like those three Hebrew boys who were in the burning furnace, we have to make the choice to believe that there is One that sees us, hears us and will deliver us in His own perfect time and in His own way. We have to choose to embrace His truth – He is our peace.
Yes, life can be painful; it can be unfair; it may even be discouraging. Sometimes all of it feels so wrong! But don’t lose sight of the truth. Nothing happening is contrary to what our Lord has spoken to us because He has foretold that the trials would come; but more than that He has revealed a future victory that no world system will be able to snatch from us. The troubles of this world can touch my flesh and they can prick my heart, but I will not allow them to swallow my heart and He will not let them cover my soul in darkness. I am an overcomer — and I intend to live like it.
I encourage you to make the choice to believe His truths no matter what is happening around you so that you can experience his peace that man cannot understand. The one who dwells within you is greater than any issue that you might face. Don’t lose heart – in the end, you will win! Yes! In the end He will reign!
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)