Something to ‘Shout’ about

Life brings with it issues, troubles, pain … things that non of us desire to come our way. This is a strong truth. But, as children of the Most High God we have before us a victory that can never be anything but VICTORY! We know that we are loved unconditionally and eternally. We know we have been redeemed and have an eternal home in heaven. We know that we have been created by The Most High God. We know that our lives have purpose given to us by The Most High God. We know that He will fight for us. We know that even when we are weak or weary – we have power and strength from Him. We know that we are never left behind. We know that we are never abandoned. We know that His word is True. Hallelujah!!!! We truly have something to shout about.

We, as believers in Christ and as Children of God, must be sure to share te news about our beautiful gifts and promises with everybody. We need to share them with our Sisters & Brothers in Christ to ensure that they are encouraged and not dismayed. We need to share this with the lost all around us so that they will know, without any doubt that choosing to follow God – choosing to accept Christ … is a path to victory and peace.

We ought to be telling the truths of God in ways that spread the truths of God’s power! Everyone around us, that hears us talk and watches us live, should see and hear the worship of Our Father. Preaching the gospel to every nation brings a hope that only comes from God!! We should be telling the entire world to believe in Jesus Christ, the redeemer. We should be telling the whole world to believe and trust in God, the One who never leaves nor forsakes His people!

In the church I grew up in, when they said ‘Something to shout about’ they meant that we should dance in celebration before God in the way that David did in 2 Samuel. Worshipping God. Thanking God. Celebrating Victory. Physically reacting to the beauty, the peace, and the joy of being Children of God. So, I’m telling you for sure that we have something to shout about and we need to spread the message to the entire world!

Living Like an Overcomer

OvercomerNo matter what is happening in this broken world, I am an overcomer. So many things in the last few months have happened to make my heart heavy, sad, broken — 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 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.

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 He who cannot and will not fail; in He who loves truly and perfectly; in He 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. We have to choose to embrace His truth – He is our peace.

Yes, it is painful; it is unfair; it is discouraging — all of it feels so wrong; but don’t lose sight of the truth that it is not contrary to what our Lord has spoken to us. 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 very grateful that my life is filled with friendships that include people of all races, colors, religious backgrounds – I am blessed to have good friends across the color spectrum. But even if no one down here values me, I know who made me and I know He adores me. Man can hold me in disdain, but He is exalting me as His called out one. I am an overcomer — and I intend to live like it. 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)