Greater is he!

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “world.”

world in his hands

It’s easy to be discouraged when you look at the state of the world.

As I look around me right now, it’s a mess.

A glimpse at the news headlines reveals countless tales of tragedy and violence, not to mention the ongoing fighting and political unrest which has gripped our nation for too long.

I see it in the small things too – in little comments made and acts of selfishness, in a general disregard for truth and a lack of kindness.

I feel the pressure of living in a place where Christianity is generally regarded as either foolish or dangerous and where people like me, who dare to tell its stories to children, are viewed with suspicion and wariness.

It’s all too easy for weariness and discouragement to creep in.

Yet when I lift my eyes from the world around me though and focus on truth, the story becomes a little different.

John calls us back to the truth that all we face now is only temporary, and that there is a much greater eternity in store.

“This world is fading away, along with everything people crave.  But anyone who pleases God will live forever.”  (1 John 2:17 NLT)

He also reminds us that although the forces of the world may seem powerful, we are equipped with a much greater power if we have God’s Spirit living within us.

“But you belong to God, my dear children.  You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit that is in the world.”  (1 John 4:4 NLT)

It doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it means we can have hope, because we know who will win in the end.

“Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33 NLT)

 

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18 thoughts on “Greater is he!

  1. Lesley, I experience the same. Discouragement is always breathing down our necks. Thank you for pointing us to His truth, reminding us in whom we have victory no matter what happens around or to us. Asking God to bless you this next hour my writing friend. In Christ, Julie

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  2. 2 Chronicles 20 is an awesome chapter on God fighting our battles for us. Verse 12 Jehosophat prays, “O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless against this great multitude which is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
    So many times that’s my prayer. I surely do not know what to do, but my eyes are on Him.
    Thank you for this reminder to keep my eyes looking to Him. – Dianna FMF

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  3. Oh thanks for the song link! I haven’t heard that one in so long…and I remember how much I love it!! (saved it now!) 🙂

    Have a blessed weekend! (I’ll be singing this all weekend!)

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  4. Aye, mate, I’m a Christian,
    and I am a dangerous man,
    for I’ll always be resistin’
    the devil’s worldly plan.
    He’s pulled wool over many eyes,
    but he’s not about to try me,
    for he knows that my surprise
    will be my boot up his heinie.
    Worse than an Arsenal hooligan,
    more trouble than a Millwall supporter,
    I’ll push the faith where no-one can
    and will not be called to order.
    Heathen, ya see me, better run,
    or I’ll drag your soul unto the Son.

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  5. John 16:33 gives me hope in the midst of the darkness and suffering, whether the trials have to do with life in general or with the unkind words and attitudes of others who disagree with the truths we live by. We can take heart that Jesus has already won the victory, He has overcome.

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  6. I appreciate your encouraging words here. It’s awesome she you understand that we’re not alone. My favorite verse has become Joshua 1:9. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid of discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. I also appreciate your comments you made on my blog. We were doing that men’s Bible study and enjoyed that perspective on such a familiar verse.

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