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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Victory is within your reach. Will you take hold of it?

1 John 4:4 (ESV)
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

It seems the world is in absolute turmoil. The financial crisis in Greece is frightening, North Korea’s rocket launching is distressing, the threat of nuclear war in the Middle East is terrifying, and the world economy is nightmarish at best.

But should we, as believers of the Most High, be disturbed by these?

Throughout the Word of God we read about people who faced unimaginable odds. God, however, came through for them every time, and that same God will do so for us today! We can live in peace, resting completely in the arms of Jesus. We can face anything, for: "[God] gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor 15:56 NIV)

Last Monday while working out I collapsed to the ground with chest pains and shortness of breath. Before I knew it I was completely filled with anxiety. I tried to combat it. After all, I am a child of God and I have nothing to fear. Still, insecurity haunted my soul.

As I was at the hospital I approached the throne of God, and He gave me hope. He reminded me of the following bible passage:

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth - Gog and Magog - to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves.” (Rev 20:7-9a)

Imagine being surrounded with such a tremendous foe, the largest army ever brought together, consisting of everyone on the planet who opposed God. Their goal: to destroy everyone who worships God. Pretty scary, don’t you think?

Should we be trembling with fear? Should we try to hide among the rocks? Should we let ourselves be filled with anxiety?

“But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.” (Rev 20:9b)

God will come through, no matter what our circumstances may be, for even the most unimaginable odds are nothing for Him! And He will come through for me as well, even as I struggle with health conditions.

As we place ourselves in the caring hands of our loving God our fears will evaporated. Adventures with God can be anticipated in such conditions. Yes, there may be some tough times, or this threat may be nothing more than just that: A threat! But whatever happens, God’s presence will be felt.

We don’t need to control our circumstances! God is in charge!

Furthermore Jesus promised us: “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

Dear Lord, we thank You for the way You take care of us and are in control. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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