Victory not Immunity

The last few weeks have been nuts, haven’t they? The Gosnell trial, Boston bombing, the explosion in West, and today, the hysteria over capturing the culprits in Massachusetts.

We live in a deeply depraved, fallen world, and it is extremely hard to see GOOD in these circumstances. But, but circumstances, opinions, and conspiracy theories aside, I’ve been reminded of this truth: We were promised the ultimate victory (IF we choose Christ!), however, immunity was never a part of our salvation.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcomethe world. John 16:33

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

I try read from Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ The Quiet Place each day (which I highly recommend to those who want to jump-start their day with a short, sound, and challenging Truth).

I read  this  on April 15th:

… “these things took place as examples for us” (1 Cor. 10:6). The cruel ruthless attacks of the Amalekites on Israel (Exodus 17) are a picture of the spiritual adversity we face today. These ancient nomadic enemies of God’s people are representative of the evil forces that continue to oppose us — often unprovoked, unannounced, and unrelenting. 

The Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battleground. Yes, we have every reason to be confident that “he who is in [us] is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4), but that does not spare us from having to engage in the battle. Victory is ours, but immunity is not. 

I think, if we’re honest, many of us do wonder where IS our all-knowing, all-loving God in times like these? Or even, how could God let these things happen to his people? It’s unconscionable. The short answer is: He is sitting on His throne as our Creator, Redeemer, and Savior.

Don’t get me wrong, it is fine to ask these questions. In fact, it is part of working out our faith, and I truly believe the Lord delights in our questions for Him as we try to understand more of who He is.  

I know many people choose to reject God because of this, but the truth is that because of the fall of mankind, we are unfortunately subject to this cruelty and are sure to suffer unnecessary defeat because, need we be reminded, we REJECTED God! That is the fact of the matter, whether you choose to believe it or not.

But, He created us, He deeply loves us, and He has more for us than this world could ever offer. Whether you believe or not, He has written this story for me and you. We should expect pain and suffering until He reconciles Himself to us. We should expect it, and we should embrace it in eager expectation of what is to come (see James 1, as well).

What joy, assurance, and contentment there is in choosing to believe in His authority and salvation. It is liberating, really.

By it, we are healed – in mind, body, and soul. It IS confusing and heartbreaking when we have to watch the awful realities of this world, but there is such peace in knowing that we have the ULTIMATE victory.

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