Do you ever re-read a book, knowing its ending? I can only do that with really great books, like In His Steps by Charles Sheldon, or More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell. Both are so inspiring that I feel the need to read them again. The Bible, on a much, much higher plane is like that! We may know the storyline, characters and ending, but on each reading it gives unending wisdom, peace and hope. Truth in the Bible never gets old or used up. How can that be? It is a living, breathing thing. It is hope. It is God’s Word!
When we are facing trials, we need the inspiration and hope that the Bible holds. You may have heard the saying, “We may have lost the battle, but we can still win the war.” Many people have said a version of this phrase through the years. Its purpose is to give hope and encouragement that the big picture looks better than one battle. As tempting as it is to lean on powerful quotes, real hope for our spiritual battles can only be found in a spiritual source.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Though we have the enemy taunting us to give up because the battle is so tough, remember that he lies and will do whatever it takes to bring down those that love the Lord. There IS hope in God. That doesn’t mean we will have it easy, but that we are prepared for battle with Him as our strength.
Just as the thought of our warrior God sparks hope in us, it strikes fear in the enemy. Win, win!
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:2 ESV
I recently found a song whose lyrics I love! Selah sings a song, “People of the Cross.” Just that phrase gives hope, because of what Jesus did on the cross!
“We choose Christ and count all else as loss. We won’t be shaken, hope won’t be taken. We are the People of the Cross.” (Selah, Unbreakable, 2017)
What You did on the cross will never cease to amaze us. Thank You for providing, with Your blood, fighting hard and winning the war against death for us! Battles on earth may surprise and weaken us, but we will not be taken by the enemy because we have You fighting for us, with us! Help us to feel Your amazing strength in battles so we do not lose hope. We already know that You will do this, so thank You. We will cling to the truth of the Cross. We are people of the cross. Any suffering we have is temporary and does not compare to what You suffered. With our eyes fixed on You, we can have hope in the battle. We love You so much! Amen
Have a great day! Love and prayers to all,
Just me. Just His.