There will always be those days we feel weighed down by the world around us.
Whether it’s national politics, office politics, relational struggles, doctor’s reports, or whatever else the world throws at us – there are days you simply feel overwhelmed. This is part of living east of Eden.
After my mom passed away, one of the things we found were her journals. She had been opposed by cancer for years, and she and dad had been through hell more than once during that time. Yet, her journals were eye-opening. On the left side, she would write all the things the world was saying – doctor’s reports, etc., but on the right side she wrote all the things God said – verse after verse of the promises of her Heavenly Father. Amazing!
Jesus never hid the fact that this world can be difficult, but He also never hid the truth that, in Him, we have victory over this world and sin. Here’s just two examples:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” – John 10:10-11, 18
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8 – selected verses
Today’s Good News is you’re loved beyond measure by the One who has power over life and death. Seeing you through today, is no problem for Him.
This is not, thankfully, the final chapter. If all there is to life is this chapter and death was the end, yes, this place would be tragic. But it’s not the final chapter, and right now you can begin to experince at least of glimpse of the glory to come – and that’s Good News!
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