Are you looking for encouragement for this New Year? Times are tough, in many aspects, for far too many people. But there is hope for everyone that is trying to stand and be strong—for everyone that is trying to hold on—despite adverse circumstances and situations. Regardless of the circumstances you may be under at the moment, God knows exactly where you are and what you feel. Furthermore, He has provided a way out already! We just have to come to Him and trust Him.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down—Isaiah 53:4 (New Living Translation)
Jesus’ sacrifice was not just so we can go to heaven. Every stripe He took and every pain He felt was for our advantage in this life and the next. Whenever you or I go through any sickness, pain, disappointment, or setback, we can call upon the strength and overcoming power of God to help us withstand or overcome whatever we go through. It is the desire of the enemy that we fold up under the pressure of our circumstances and quit. But things are never as bad as they appear; that is why we have to trust God and His Word as truth.
But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 Corinthians 15:57 (Amplified)
We have the victory…the Bible says we do! This is significant because, life has conditioned us to just ‘take it;’ but God teaches us in His Word that we are overcomers. In other words, we have the victory through Him—ALWAYS! We are able to withstand the heat of life. We can absolutely face every circumstance or problem with the assurance that we have the power of God on our side. It is His power that no foe can ever defeat!
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]—John 16:33 (Amplified)
My friend take heart—regardless of what you may be facing, because the love of God has provided strength to help you—not only face it but also to overcome it. We are overcomers! This excites me, because it tells me that we have an answer right here, right now—we just have to accept it as truth. Jesus said, “(31)…if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; (32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”—John 8:31-32. God’s Word is truth but truth left in the Bible or truth not applied to our lives does us no good.
With an understanding of this, marriages can be saved, bodies healed, finances moved from poverty and debt to financial independence, and habits and dependencies broken. I know that is saying a lot, but we serve a BIG GOD who can do BIG things!
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. —Ephesians 3:20 (Message)
Our responsibility in this is to believe and trust in the truth of God’s Word. This is important because it is through His Word that we discover who we are and everything that belongs to us as His children. The promises of God that are found in the Bible are for every believer, but they must be believed and accepted on a personal level. It is the same as if you have been left a large inheritance that’s sitting in an account for you. If you don’t make a demand for that money, it will not benefit you at all. Read the Word, trust the truth that is in it and apply that truth daily to your life—it will make a difference!
I understand this is tough for some to believe because it has not been taught as truth. Well, let me tell you that truth is truth…whether it is taught or not! Just teaching or preaching from the Bible will not make the hearer victorious. Truth must be taught and received for it to have any effect in our lives. And when it is, a person can go from be a sinner to a saint, a victim to a victorious overcomer in Christ!
Remember to be strong in the truth of God’s Word!
Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.—John 8:31-32 (Message)Have Faith1st ©2014 Faith1st Ministries