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Tribulations And Victory

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Tribulations And Victory

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.” John 16:33

We don’t want tribulations. We want our lives to be peaceful, joyful, and blissful. If you only listen to uplifting, edifying, empowering sermons and speakers, you may acquire the misconception that Christianity is a utopia.

You might begin to think you are somehow excluded from the blessings of God. Because you do have problems and tribulations in your life.   Sometimes we may give the impression that Christianity is beyond tribulations. If we stay in the empowering side of the gospel, we may lead people to think that Christians who do Christianity correctly will be without conflict. Christianity is not a utopia.

If you’ve been a Christian for a little while you’ve come to the realization Christianity is not a utopia. We face tribulations and spiritual battles some we will win some we will loose. If you’re going to live the Christian life, your life will be and adventure but it will not be without conflict. Some of the battles will come from growing pains. Some from the struggle to get rid of the sin in our lives. Some will be spiritual battles which are intended to destroy you. What I am saying is the Christian life is not the end of problems.

If you look at the lives of men and women of God in both the old and new testament you will find they faced tribulations. In real life past and present the exclusion of trials and tribulations does not exist. Conflicts exist in life.

What makes Christianity different is we win. It may sound simplistic and irrational but we win. The resurrection of Christ is the guarantee of the victory!!!!!! This is what Jesus meant when he said, “I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.” He is saying my victory is not in the moment it is in eternity. It is not just winning the petty battles of life it is in winning eternally. It means despite the tribulations of this life we win. However, we end up in this life, as a martyr for Christ or as His ambassador we will ultimately win.

We who believe in Christ will spend eternity with him. In a reality much different from this one. In a reality of peace, joy, bliss, purpose and love. In other words we will live the life we want now minus the tribulations.  Our hope is not in incremental improvements but in joyous complete victory. Victory embedded in the resurrection of Christ. Since he it’s the first to be resurrected we also will be resurrected in due time. Resurrected to a life with him. That is what “I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 means. Total and complete victory for all who choose Jesus. An eternal secure victory that can never be overturned.

Listen, we are not going to simply sit on a cloud with a harp for eternity. We are going to accomplish things which have yet to be thought of. We are going to work for God according to His will and propose. Can you imagine what awesome things the creator of the universe has for you to do? Can you imagine the things you will see the things you will do? Can you imagine what a life of love,  propose, joy and work will be like in a world where sin does not exist. What will be accomplished there? This is the victory of Christ and more. More than we can imagine, think or expect. Tribulations come to an end but the victory in Christ is eternal.

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Gray Hair

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Grey Hair

They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Psalms 92:14-15

Have we the older generation abdicated our responsibility to succeeding generations? Have we allowed ourselves to be silenced by the supposed wisdom of youth? I understand technology is far outpacing our desire to learn new mechanics. We have no interest in learning about the latest new craze. We have no interest in the new methods of communication. We would prefer if life were as it was when we where children. We are astonished as is everyone else with the rapid pace of technical achievements. We are amazed at all of the discoveries that are being made in many fields. The world is moving at such a fast pace it is difficult to keep up.

There is an old saying; the more things change, the more they stay the same. For all of the dazzling advance for all of the new modern ways. Humanity still remains the same. We have to eat, sleep, work, live and die. The rest of it, all of the excitement and accomplishments are still subservient to our basic needs. The need for purpose, meaning, and love are at the center of our existence. People are still asking why am I here what is my purpose? Is this all there is? These are not new questions. The answers have not changed throughout the history of man. We are still asking.

The wisdom of our old age points to one thing a God who loves us. Who is just, righteous and everlasting. Any other answer leads to the emptiness of nothingness and the epitome of hopelessness. Without God there is no purpose there is no meaning there is no such thing as love. Without God we are but animals existing meaningless lives with the sole purpose of eating, sleeping, dying. Without God, you will not be even a grain of sand in the eons of time that the universe will exist. The memory of you will not exist. Your existence will never be recorded anywhere. It will be as if you never lived.

Technology will never be able to answer. Where did we come from? It will never provide you with purpose; it will never fulfill your soul, it will never love you. But God of creation will and does love you. He gives meaning to your life and defines a purpose for your immediate and eternal existence.

Our value and purpose as we get older may not be in technology and science it is in teaching and leading the next generation to the everlasting loving just God of Creation.

Remain

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Remain
 
I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith. Philippians 1:23-25 
 
Recently I heard an evangelist ask, “Why are you here?” She was speaking to believers, in a small setting, not a large crowd. The simplicity of the question and in the setting, it which in made.  Made it particularly piercing. If, as we proclaim we are saved by faith. If all of the people in the room were saved what was our purpose? If salvation is the only goal God has for our lives, why are we still here? Why are we not remove from this life and instantly be transfigured into eternal life? It is not to attain the secular pleasures of the flesh. Paul states it very clearly, “having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” Why would we want to remain on this earth once we have attained eternal life through Christ? Which will be so much better than this painful temporal existence? The answer is in his next statement, “Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.” We remain for the very same reason as Paul. Because it is better for the rest of the world that we stay. We are the hands’, feet, mouth, and heart of Jesus. We exist to propagate the gospel of Christ to all around us. For those of us who believe in Christ as it says in John 3:16. Our purpose is not for our selves. It is for those who have not yet heard of Christ For those who have not accepted our Lord. We remain to serve our risen Lord by serving those that have not been saved. Your purpose is simple, be the hands and feet of Jesus. That is why we remain. The only reason we remain. 

I Am Sending You

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I Am Sending You 
 
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
 
Purpose,  it is something we yearn for until we find it. When we find it, we wonder why it was so hard to find? “I am sending you” spoken by the resurrected Christ. It brings with it an authority unequal in humanities experience. These four words resound throughout history. These four words changed the history of man. They define the purpose for which we live. It is what we are to do. The risen Christ is sending not only His original disciples, but He is sending us as well.
 
The authority with which He sends us is not just the power of Jesus it comes from the Father through Him to us. He is not just sending us He is empowering us with the authority of God the Father. It is not just a command it is a responsibility. It is the purpose, the underlying cornerstone of motivation for our lives. It is what will push us forward to bring meaning to our lives. 
 
Our lives were meant to be more than acquisition, personal accomplishments or the rise a to power. They are meant for so much more. Our lives were made to share in the glory of God the creator of the universe and to live a life of complete victory. We were always intended to be children of the one and only true King. Less anyone be confused if you are living the life God has in store for you. There is nowhere you can be where the glory of God will not be. Whatever God touches is glorified, because he is glorious. 
 
“I am sending you” let those words embed themselves in your heart, mind, and soul. Accept the purpose and meaning for your life. Receive the Glory that is inseparable from the command. Do what our Lord has commanded with the gifts He has given you and live the life He has promised you. If you go, the Glory of God will be with you. 

Endless Possibilities

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Endless Possibilities

12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2 12-13 

There is a space, a divide between us who believe in Christ and those who don’t. We who do, can hear and understand what God has said and is saying. those that don’t, though hearing can not comprehend what the Lord has said and is saying.  The bridge that reaches across that divide is the Spirit of God He is the one that opens our minds to understand the call, will, purpose, glory, love, and sovereignty of God.  Without the Spirit of God, the world is left lost abandon and confused because it can never understand the way the world works. They’re missing the most vital part, the Spirit of God which makes the world make sense. Without it we are, but a mass of humanity headed for our inevitable self-destruction. The Spirit of God opens our minds to the reality of a future with a God of boundless, endless beautiful possibilities.

Light of Life

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Light of Life

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

If you compare this verse with the reality of today, you can easily understand the darkness with which the world lives.  The world lives with false hope, hope based on the intellect and ambitions of man.  Not being able to see the light that is Jesus the world stumbles about thinking that their darkness is light.  For those of us that have the light of life which is Jesus, we have hope that will not fade that will not fail that is a lighted living path to follow. We are grateful to God for the light of life He has provided. We, indeed live in the light of Christ.


 

Abide

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Abide

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5

The analogy of the vine illustrates our total dependence on Jesus. We need to be permanently connected to Christ.  Notice we are not the fruit we are the branches. And the fruit we bear will be grafted into the vine which is Jesus, not us. If we separate from Jesus, we become dried out dead branches which cannot bear any fruit. We become useless.

Proof

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Proof

“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”John 20:30-31 NKJV

The purpose of the gospels is to provide proof of the deity of Christ. The gospels serve no other purpose. Yes, you can glean and learn much about living, but at its core, the gospels are for our salvation. Christianity is Christ, not what we may want to turn it into. Do you believe the gospels? Do you believe in the claims of Christ? Do you believe in the resurrection? Your life will answer these questions much louder than your mouth.

Better to Obey Than Repent

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Better to Obey Than Repent

22 And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

and to listen than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:22 (ESV)

Obedience, a word that might as well be the four letter word. Yet it is the word that best describes God’s desire for those who claim to be His. It is not because He is master and we are servants, it is because in obedience we find the greatest blessings. If we obeyed God, a sacrifice would not be required. In obedience is where we find peace, joy, purpose, love, happiness, fulfillment, and rest. In short, all the beautiful things of life are abundantly available to us if we would obey.

For This Very Purpose

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For This Very Purpose

“For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.””
Romans 9:17 NKJV

You may think I will have nothing to do with God, you may even believe God does not exist. The truth is you have no say in the matter. God is not affected by your erroneous beliefs. God is going to use you to carry out His purposes with your permission or not. In every situation exist the opportunity to glorify God. In the end, he will be Glorified, and you will be an instrument He uses to bring Him glory. This prophecy will be fulfilled, 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11 (KJV)