““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 overcome the world.””
Hope everyone has a great New Years!!! Excited about this Gold today and pray it can be an encouragement to you!! Got the chance to do something I’ve never done before last night and wow, this truth became even bigger than ever before. The church I grew up at reached out to me asking if I’d preach their Sunday night service last night, of course I jumped on it!! It was the most humbling day of my life getting to bring the Word to so many people who had loved and impacted my life in such a big way through the years. It meant so much to me so of course I was trying to prepare the best most perfect sermon ever and blow the doors off that place. Throughout the process of preparation and speaking I kept coming back to the same truth, if it’s up to me I wouldn’t stand a chance but thank God it doesn’t have to be up to me.
Throughout the battle this week it was a push and pull of getting myself out of the way and stepping into what the Lords power and plan. The hardest part was getting myself out of the way, putting my selfish wants and desires aside, realizing I don’t have what it takes but only through Christ, only He can do anything. Nobody would learn anything from me but it’s Jesus, He’s the only One that’s changed my life, the only One who can change your life. It’s all Jesus. I had started the week wanting to speak about New Years Resolutions and the more I got to looking at Jesus, just how powerful, loving and awesome He is, He’s too big to limit to just a one year goal or limit to anything, Jesus is unlimited and what He can do through us, UNLIMITED!!!
This verse just kept hitting me all week because Jesus tells us straight up what we have to look forward to in this life, today, tomorrow, and everyday.
Jesus speaks His life changing Word to us so IN HIM, as born again believers we are ONE in Christ, SUPER BIG NOTE!! We can have peace knowing the Son of God is with us at all times, no matter how bad things get or look in our eyes, Jesus is there meeting us in the middle of our struggle, always reaching out His hand to pick us up when we fall, forgive us where we mess up and set us firmly on His Word where He gives us everything we need to keep moving forward, taking those next steps out of what we got (impossible) and into what He has, His power, His life changing, chain breaking love, the wild and awesome adventure He has set out for us. Where we see impossible, Jesus says more than possible.
Big thing to note again if you’re super excited, setting your goals, getting all hyped up for the new year. I’m the king of hype when it comes to this stuff but what always takes away the excitement and makes me want to run back to my comfort zone like a dog with his tail between his legs, THE RESISTANCE. Not the one in Star Wars, the resistance we face everyday. That’s what’s so cool about these verses, Jesus tells us to EXPECT the resistance, don’t be surprised when a few weeks or a month from now things start getting tough, resistance starts hitting you and you wanna give up. EXPECT the hits to come, Jesus tells us it’s gonna come whether we like it or not but what Jesus also says!!!
EMBRACE the resistance!!! No matter how bad it gets, no matter how bad you wanna give up and run back to your old life, your comfort zone, Jesus tells us that He is with us at all times in this battle and Jesus gives us the most comforting, chain breaking, hope, “I have overcome the world.”
WOOO!!! How bout that! Nothing or no one in this world can hurt us because Jesus has already won the victory!!!! That is the freedom that Jesus has given us, the peace, the fact that we are going to go through some stuff in this life and especially when we are moving forward with Him but He gives us His powerful Word to stand on that He has OVERCAME the World. So instead of giving up, we can trust in that, we can stop limiting ourselves and our life but the little we got and walk into the daggum LOT that Jesus has, He is the only way to keep moving forward, keep moving closer to Him and bringing Him closer to the world around us on this wild mission He has set us out on!! It’s not going to be easy, we may fall at times, we may want to give up but Hey, It’s okay, Jesus is always there for me and you, He has already won the victory over anything that may make us feel defeated and He has given us more than enough to take that next step not just one day, but daily into the awesomeness He has for us!!! WOOO!!!! Can’t wait to see what Jesus is bout to do!!!!