Our heavenly Father's heart has always been for us to have the peace and power we need to overcome those things which trouble us. In the book of Deuteronomy, He made it very plain. We were given two choices: life and death. Then He provides the answer. Choose life!
...I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life... (Deuteronomy 30:19)When I was in school, if the teacher had passed out an assignment and then turned around and given the answers to all the questions, I would have used them! Why would a student presented with the answer key write down the wrong responses? That makes no sense to us, so why do we do the same thing where life is concerned? First Corinthians 4:4 tells us why. It is that we become blind to what is immediately before us.
"Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them." (1 Cor. 4:4 NKJV)In 2 Peter 2, we learn about the effect of spiritual blindness and the rewards of walking sin. The Contemporary English Version is particularly hard hitting. It compares people who choose disobedience by using phrases like "dried up water holes" and "clouds blown by a windstorm". (verse 17) It then refers to them as "vulgar" and "crude". (verse 18) But I especially want to call your attention to verses 19 and 20.
They promise freedom to everyone. But they are merely slaves of filthy living, because people are slaves of whatever controls them. (20) When they learned about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they escaped from the filthy things of this world. But they are again caught up and controlled by these filthy things, and now they are in worse shape than they were at first. (2 Peter 2:19-20 CEV)The King James Version phrases it this way, "They themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning." Entangled and overcome is not how I want to be! Not when Christ said He has already overcome it!
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. (John 16:33)"Be happy, I have already overcome these things you're facing! I've conquered them already!" We need to get that mentality into our heart - to go about, instead of being overcome, instead of being entangled with the affairs of life, (2 Tim. 2:4) being with the One who has already overcome, and allowing the Truth to set us free. (John 8:33)
There is not a problem we face that God has not promised to give us the answer for. (Psalms 91:15) We are only required to ask in order to receive. (Matt. 7:8) Why would we not take advantage of that? If we will ask, we will find. If we will call, He will answer. Then afterwards we'll be delivered and honored. I'll take that any day!
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.