We Will Overcome Despite The Storm

With God’s Help, We Are, and Will Overcome!

Sometimes the night times of our lives are black, the storm is howling and the wind chill encases your hearts like a block of ice. When we look at the effort it takes, how responsible we have to be to manage our everyday lives and the lives of the people God has given us responsibility for, our spouses, children and loved ones, our vocation; we at times feel overwhelmed. Imagine being responsible for a country, a city or an organization. Like our leaders, we are familiar with the feelings of being overwhelmed. So God said we must pray for them. Just like Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail. Jesus also prayed for us that we would believe in Him and in God’s abundant love for us that is enabling us to overcome, despite the seemingly overwhelming storms of life we face.

When we look at what God is responsible for, it helps us to gain perspective, trust Him and believe in Him. God is responsible for the entire creation, seen and unseen, the universe, all people, plants, animals and creeping things on land, all the birds and everything flying in the air, and everything that swims in the sea. But, He provides for everyone and everything! He watches over, and is intimately acquainted with the minutest details of all life, and he meets and exceeds all the needs of every living thing! God is not overwhelmed and He will not allow us to be overwhelmed. We are, and will overcome, despite the storms of life that comes and goes.

God’s goodness and power, His infinite abilities, are unimaginable. This is the God we know and serve. The God who we see in the person of Jesus Christ. The God we see through the person of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Through his Holy Spirit He has given us His character and His abilities that comes with Him. We are able, with God’s help, to do everything He has purposed for us to do. Though we are hard pressed on every side, we will not be destroyed. We will overcome, we will not be overwhelmed, no matter the circumstances, because our faithful Father and Shepherd is leading and many times, carrying us.

Therefore, my beloved Brothers and Sisters, have no fear. Believe in the love of God for you. You cannot fail in life. God’s will is coming to pass in your lives. His purposes are bearing fruits. You will not be overwhelmed. You will overcome. You will live and not die. Look back and see what the LORD has done. Look now and see what the LORD is doing. Even if you don’t understand it right now, remember, He has never failed you or let you down. So, beloved, be contented, accept God’s peace that surpasses all your understanding, rejoice and be glad despite the tearful blackness of you stormy tearful night. Because joy comes in the morning. The joy of the LORD is your strength in all your present circumstances. “Praise the Lord; praise God our Saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms. – Interlude – Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign LORD rescues us from death (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭68:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬)!” With God’s help, we are and will overcome. Praise the LORD!

God Delivers

Our Father in heaven who will soon come to get us to live with Him forever said, while we tarry here, when we go through floods, we will not be washed away. Our powerful Defender and great King said, when we go through fire, we will not burn up, we will not even smell of smoke. The God who stretched out the sky and put all the stars in their proper places, stretched out His mighty hand and drew us out of the pit of hell when He saved us and He promised, nothing and no one can take us out of His hand. Not even death, because Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, defeated and destroyed death on our behalf and gave us life abundantly now, and eternally.

So we, the children of God, the believers in Jesus Christ, we are FREE! We are free to praise God, we are free to sing, we are free to dance, we are free to cry, we are free mourn, we are free to fail, we are free to live life and enjoy it in all its varieties without worries because we are free to live forever with our Saviour and Father, Almighty God! Let’s give Him hallelujah, the highest praises! Because “The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters (Psalms 18:5-6, 16 NLT).” Our God is the strong Deliverer and He will always deliver us.

Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

Obedience is better than sacrifice! God sent Jonah on a rescue mission and because the people God sent him to help were his enemies, and enemies to his nation, he refused to go and help them. Because of his disobedience Jonah suffered immensely and nearly died.

We all know the consequences of disobedience. We have been disobedient to our parents and suffered either from a beating or from regret from not listening to them and making the wrong decision. If we have children we entreat them to be obedient to us because we know the value of obedience and the negative consequences of disobedience.

Beloved, it is a very difficult thing to recognize and acknowledge when we are suffering because we are being disobedient. God is not punishing us for being disobedient. There are laws in life, in place, that produces consequences for every action. We can’t sow bad seed and expect to reap a good harvest. Therefore, let us endeavour to look introspectively into our lives and see if we have gone off the path God has asked us to walk. Then let us do as Jonah did. Let us recognize our mistake, disobedience, acknowledge it/them, pray to God for grace and mercy and He will forgive us and restore us to our right path and His purpose for us. We may feel justified in our actions because we felt it was our choice, we were wronged, and so we were right in the action we took. But let’s not allow being justified in our own eyes to stop us from admitting our wrong.

The people of Nineveh that God sent Jonah to help were conquerors of Israel and they committed great atrocities against Jonah’s people so he felt justified in not wanting to help them. But God love all people because He created us and desires greatly to help us all. So let us be obedient to God’s leading. Obedience is better than sacrifice. “Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and LORD, you heard me!” (‭‭Jonah‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Standing On God’s Promises

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me

When the horizon looks dark, the promises of God to us, His beloved children, are sure! It is only the certainty, the guarantee, of God’s promises coming through for us that keeps us going. We walk through the valleys of the shadow of death. We encounter obstacles that seem impossible to overcome. We face trials and situations that are extremely painful. We face worry, fear, the unknown, times of hopelessness and insecurity. You name it, we face it.

But through it all, we are assured that these troubles and trials are only shadows. By no means are our pains anything to make light of. They are real and they cause us real hurt and pain. But, beloved, we are only walking through the valleys of the SHADOW of death. Our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ, in the person of the Holy Spirit, is right beside us keeping us from all harms. Moreover, we have the abundant life of the joys of the LORD that gives us strength.

We are assured, by our great and awesome God and Father, that we need not fear any evil because, He is with us. Satan has been defeated. He has been judged and cast out of the kingdom of God and we are children of the kingdom of God. Therefore, no evil scheme of the enemy will overwhelm us. Our enemy have no access to us, he is just a shadow, trying to distract us. So let us fix our eyes on Jesus and remove our thoughts from the fears, worries and sufferings we go through. The promises of God are sure. They are yes and amen.

Therefore, beloved and blessed, we do not fear when we are in trouble, though we cry, mourn, and struggle with worrying. God has fought and won the battle for us. We need only praise Him through all our circumstances, whatever they may be. Praise Jesus! Thanks be to God for His Holy Spirit who causes us to remember His promises. Beloved, let us press-in and keep standing on the promises of God. Jesus said: “The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” (John‬ ‭12:31-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Light and Life or Darkness and Death

God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him (John 1:6-10 NLT).

Jesus is the only light for the world! Why? There are two spiritual kingdoms that we know of. The kingdom of Light or God’s kingdom, and the kingdom of darkness or Satan’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is real and Satan’s kingdom is fake or counterfeit.

Think of it this way; we can bring a lamp into a dark room and it’ll light up the room. But we cannot bring darkness anywhere and darken a place. Or, we can only counterfeit real money, like a ten dollar bill. We can’t counterfeit a nine dollar bill because there are no real nine dollar bills. Only what is real can be counterfeited. So darkness is a counterfeit of light. It is not real and it can’t last because Jesus the true Light came to systematically eradicate it and the darkness is not able to stand against the Light. The gates of hell will not prevail. Darkness is the absence of light.

Satan once had the Light of Life in himself but, when he rebelled against God and sinned, the Light of Life left him and he existed in the darkness of death. When we listened to Satan’s lies we also became complicit in his rebellion and died. Darkness took us over and we lived in spiritual darkness or spiritual death.

But Jesus, who is God, came from heaven and brought Light back into this spiritually dark world. He is offering His Light, His Life, to everyone. Anyone who accept His truth, that we are spiritually blind and are living in darkness, will receive the Light of Life. When we accept the message of the truth of Jesus Christ, He quickened, give life, light, back to our darkened, dead, spirits and we are born again of the light and into the light of the kingdom of God.

Jesus is the only Light of the world and He came to give us His Light. “Jesus said, My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light. After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.” (John‬ ‭12:35-36‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Eating Our Words Can Be Good

Your word, O God, is a lamp to guide our feet and a light for our path (Psalms 119:105).

Whenever God make us eat our own words it’s always a good thing. We at times argue with God, question His decisions for our lives and wonder how this or that event in our lives is going to be a testimony. But God has proved, over and over that, He is always right. He never fail and we can always, always, trust Him, especially when something is difficult, long in coming, hurtful or just plain makes no sense to us. The plan is just too complicated, so God can’t tell us all the intricacies of it. He said, just trust and obey Him.

When I became a Christian in 1997, I had two jobs, a nice car and was living pretty decently. A few months later I lost both jobs, the first one they were restructuring the company and the second one they replaced me with machines. On top of that my insurance company refused to continue the coverage on my car and the bank asked me to return it voluntarily within a month or they would come and repossess it. Before I could return the car however, someone crashed into it in the middle of the night while it was parked and fled the scene, leaving no identity. Suffice it to say, I was very hurt, broken, angry, confused and wondered if becoming a Christian had brought down some kind of curse upon me.

Out of that difficult situation of loosing everything that gave me an identity, God gave me a real, more foundational and solid, identity. It took a lot of blood sweat and tears, don’t get me wrong! But I went back to school, completed an undergraduate degree, all while raising our children, got an excellent job and through it all, the absolute best part, I developed a concrete trusting relationship with Jesus Christ.

Looking back, I had to take back every doubtful, worried, fearful, negative thoughts I had about God and the plan He had for my life. Many other times, throughout this period and continuing even now, there have been times when I question how my tests were going to become testimonies. I still don’t know how some will. But the difference now is that I can declare, with absolute certainty, that God will never, never, fail me, my family and loved ones and He will never cause us to come to shame.

This is how God works in all our lives Brothers and Sisters. Our lives are too complicated for God to explain His plan for us to us. He just prove himself to us, over and over, till we get it and learn to trust Him without questioning Him. He works things out for us. He is so patient with us because we are so thick headed and such slow learners and we are soo distrustful and forgetful. But God is so patient that He keep on working on us until we can implicitly trust Him.

When He said: “This is GOD ’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. GOD ’s Decree. I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you— GOD ’s Decree—bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it (Jeremiah 29:10-14 MSG)!” We can count on God. His Word is sure.

So when we have to eat our own words because we doubt God’s, it’s a great thing. Let us hope, someday, to have eaten enough of our own words so we can stop doubting God and trust Him perfectly. Praise the LORD! “Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for he issued his command, and they came into being. Praise the LORD from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, Let them all praise the name of the LORD. For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!” (Psalms 148:5, 7, 13 NLT)

We Can Not Loose Our Salvation

Jesus replied, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day (John 6:35-40 NLT).

Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension to His original position of authority with our Father and God, purchased our security in salvation. We have received the greatest gift of all times from God, salvation from Sin and death. We also with this Gift, received the greatest reassurance that we are waiting to live with God, in God’s presence, for all eternity.

Imagine the possibility of having this salvation all snatched away! That would be a greater travesty and a more tragic event than the fall of man. That we could loose our salvation would be a greater lie and a greater betrayal from God towards humankind than how we humankind betrayed our Creator and God in the garden of Eden.

God is not a man that He can lie. God is not man that He can betray people and fall from grace. And we are not God that we can provide, give, keep and fulfill the promise of salvation. That’s our human thinking that God is like us. No, we are like God, made in his likeness and image. Even when we become perfect our perfection will be in relation to God, not the same as God’s perfection. We will not be omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. We are like God, not God.

Believing that we can loose our salvation is the same as putting God in the same category as people and thinking that we can do something to keep salvation is putting people in the same category as God. God gives us innumerable guarantees that He is able to keep us from falling. We will not be able to loose our salvation. Because God cannot lie and He promised to keep us to the end and glorify us with himself.

Think of the insecurity instead of security that believers in Jesus Christ would have if we think we are able to loose our salvation. Think of the fear, discomfort, worry, doubt and all manner of death delivering, destructive thoughts, we would be assaulted with, from the kingdom of darkness, if we could loose our salvation.

Being a Christian would be the worse gamble anyone could take part in. But we know that being a Christian is not a gamble. It is the most secure, comforting relationship under the sun, in heaven and in all eternity. No one, including me, would want any part of a God who could not guarantee us what He promised. I’d rather be on my own, trusting my life in my own hands rather than in the hands of a God who cannot bring to pass what He promised. Who would trust in a God who can’t do what He promised?

But the fact, the truth and the very great and immeasurable blessing that I am not on my own is evidence that the Holy Spirit of God is in me, and in you, and He guarantees us that He who began a good work in us is able to complete it. “It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NLT).” God will glorify everyone who have the gift of salvation that we received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

We didn’t get salvation because we worked for it. We can’t boast about our effort to get it and keep it. We began by the Spirit, so how can we now say we can complete the journey in salvation by our own effort? “And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him (Ephesians 1:13-14 NLT).” We would have nothing to praise God for if we could loose our salvation.

Why would we praise God for something that was not sure? Our hope in God is sure, that’s why we praise Him. We do not have to wait for salvation to be completed, it is already completed, that’s why we praise Him. Because salvation has been completed we can praise God by faith right now, knowing Christ has absolutely completed the works needed for salvation and have given the completed works to us. That’s why we praise God now.

Because Salvation is finished! No one can snatch us out of God’s hand. No power of death and hell, nothing anywhere can separate us who belong to God from the love of God. When we accept Jesus, the Holy Spirit sealed us and place us in Christ and Christ is in God. It is finished, salvation is complete. When we receive the gift of salvation we receive the complete work of Christ and nothing more is needed.

Christ has already defeated all of our enemies. Our enemies are no more than shadows that we see as we walk through the valleys of the shadow of death. But we fear no evil. Because God’s rod and staff comfort and gives us full peace and security. “For the LORD delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.” (Psalms 149:4-5 NLT)

Needs Vs. Wants

…God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

Waiting on God helps us to learn and understand what we NEED versus what we WANT. As a young man growing up, I had many desires of being successful and achieving social upward mobility. Each time some big dream came through I was very excited and thankful to God for hearing me and fulfilling my dreams. However, after awhile the dreams got bigger and bigger and bigger, and no matter what material possessions I was blessed with, the excitement over them soon pass and I wanted more.

After awhile, I began to learn and understand that as long as we live on this earth, material things will not satisfy us. One of the richest man, John D Rockefeller, it is said, was asked: “How much money is enough money?” His reply was, “Just a little bit more.” Many who are extremely wealthy and have more than they can spend in several lifetimes, are still reaching greedily for more. This is a good indication that no amount of money is enough to satisfy people’s deepest needs and desires.

Family and friends gives us the greatest sense of fulfillment on this earth and our love for our families and friends continue to grow more deeper and fuller every day and yet we desire more. In no way does this desire lessen the value of our loved ones. In fact, it heightens the love we have and motivates us to love each other more. However, there comes a time when an epiphany, a Divine revelation from God, burst in our hearts. Then we know that the only one that can perfectly fulfill our every needs and desires of our hearts is our Maker, LORD and God!

This revelation also gives us security, great and awesome guarantees, that since God will fulfill all our greatest spiritual needs and desires, He will take care of all our material needs. Therefore, beloved of the LORD and blessed, let us not be disappointed when all our WANTS are not fulfilled. God knows what he is doing. His Word tells us that when we seek first His kingdom everything we NEED will be added to our lives and we will be contented. This is because we will understand, when we look back, that it was a good thing that God didn’t give us what we wanted and asked for, but He gave us what we needed.

His words also tells us that when we pray, we should not keep on repeating the same things like unbelievers and think that our repetitive asking will get God to do what we want, it will not, because God knows what we need (Matt. 6:7-8).

Dearest children of God, we have the best of God living in us, the person of the Holy Spirit, He is all we need and through Him, we have the power to focus on Jesus and continue to be filled with all the perfection of God which is our greatest need in this life and the life to come, eternal life.

Therefore beloved trust in God, he gives us what we need always, not always what we want. So, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14 NIV)

God’s Unconditional Love For Everyone

God is pure unconditional love. We are God’s children, made in his likeness and image. Because of the fall of man from grace, our first position of honour, we have to be born again through Jesus Christ in order to be remade into the image of God. As God begins to mold us and shape us back into His image He begins to reveal His character of love to us to teach us that we are to love unconditionally like He does because it is our born again, new nature. So God commanded us, His beloved saints, to love Him and love each other, unconditionally.

Love covers a multitude of sins. Whatever someone does to us, as God’s children, we must still love them. If we put it in perspective and look how we each have acted against God, yet God loves us, we will be loving to even those who are our enemies. We disobeyed and do so many things against God’s command on a daily basis that we can’t even count them. We hate each other in our hearts, we talk negatively about each other, we envy one another, we lust, we are greedy for what we do not have and on and on. Yet we expect God to love us as if we did nothing wrong. And He does! That’s why we can go to God and ask for forgiveness no matter what we have done and He is faithful and just to forgive us.

But here He cautions us, not to take advantage of the grace of God because we know better than to do wrong and we’re expected to do better. So we must love God and love each other. His word tells us: “Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the LORD will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked (Proverbs 24:17-19 NLT).”

This truth is illustrated in the story in 1st Samuel chapter 1. It tells us of two women, Hannah and Peninnah, who were married to a man named Elkanah. Peninnah had children and Hannah had none. Peninnah laughed at Hannah and mocked her and called her barren. Because of this Hannah was extremely distraught and ashamed. Even though it was through no fault of hers that Hannah could not have children. So Peninnah’s insults and mockery drove Hannah to seek the LORD.

Hannah asked the LORD to take away her shame and give her children. She asked the LORD to look at how Peninnah treated her as an aberration and like an enemy. She asked the LORD to look at the fact that she had no children and how shameful and painful that was to her in her community. On top of that Peninnah who lived with her in her home, so close, was hateful and mean to her and made life in her own home unbearable for her.

Anyone living under these conditions of such oppression and shame would be overwhelmed with deepest grief and sorrow. So Hannah went to the LORD and knelt before Him and in that fetal position began to entreat the LORD earnestly. Hannah pleaded so fervently to the LORD, rocking back and forth and muttering to God, to bless her and God, in His mercy and because of His faithfulness to His children, heard Hannah and blessed her. Because Hannah had many people treating her as a pariah, hating on her and treating her as an enemy, the LORD heard her cry and gave her a son and later on, many more children.

Beloved, let us love each other. And let us not take advantage of the grace of God. The Word of God said: “But, some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us?” (This is merely a human point of view (Romans 3:5 NLT).” We who are born again have the Spirit of God living in us and The Holy Spirit is guiding us into all truth so we do not reject His guidance and do wrong by hating anyone.

We have being given new life and have being changed to a new nature to love God and love each other. So let us love the LORD and give Him all the glory and all the praise for giving us new life, born again life, to glorify His great, awesome, amazing, holy name. “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. May the LORD richly bless both you and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth. The heavens belong to the LORD, but he has given the earth to all humanity.” (Psalms 115:1, 14-16 NLT)