Friday, November 11, 2016

ARE YOU OVERCOMING?


Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us. Romans
8:37
Read: John 16:31-33
16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come,
that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own,
and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone,
because the Father is with me.
16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that
in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall
have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world.
MESSAGE
God, In His Word, states that everyone who will
live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
The experience of persecution is part of our
heritage as believers in Christ Jesus. The world
will treat you in a cruel manner simply because of
your faith. They will do many things to hurt you
simply because you have chosen to live righteous.
There are a lot of prices to pay for being a
disciple of Jesus Christ, however, the benefits of
following Christ far outweighs its cost. If you truly
serve God the way you should, the world will
persecute you. That is why I pity those people
who live amiable with all and sundry. If you are a
genuine believer and the world speaks so well of
you and loves you so much, you have to be
careful.
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ
also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that
ye should follow his steps" 1 Peter 2:21
Following the footsteps of Jesus may involve
sufferings of all kinds. There are many people
who say they are called into ministry, and they
want to start the ministry by having all the
comforts of life. They want offices that are fully
air-conditioned; they want official cars, a place
where their needs can be regularly guaranteed. Of
course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with
having all these, but it should not become a
condition for our response to the calling of God
upon our lives. Nobody who is really devoted to
serving the Lord will escape the kind of
persecutions that people like David, Jeremiah,
Daniel, Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego went
through. David was persecuted because he killed
a giant that Saul was unable to handle. Jeremiah
was beaten and cast into prison because he
declared the absolute Word of God to a sinful
generation. Preaching the truth will always attract
persecution, but you can be sure that the blood of
those you told the truth would not be demanded
from you. Daniel faced a lot of problems simply
because he distinguished himself among the
governors. Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego
were cast into the burning furnace simply
because they refuse to compromise and bow to
other gods.
"Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us" Romans
8:37
This portion of the scripture tells us that there is
no amount of pressure from the pit of hell that
can take us away from the love of God. David
was a conqueror because God did not stop with
him until he got to the throne. Daniel was a
conqueror because no king ever served in his life
time without having to recourse with him. The
same Hebrew boys that were cast into the fiery
furnace were the same boys whose God was
declared the only One whom the whole nation
must worship. The Lord commands us to rejoice
when we go through trials of life, because great is
our reward. People may say all kinds of evil
against you. They may hate you. They may decide
not to involve you in any beneficial thing, just to
put you off. Do not fret, because you will laugh
last.
Prayer Point:
Father, please, strengthen me that I may never
bow to the pressures of life.
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