Thursday, October 28, 2010

You Are More

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." Romans 8:35,37

Have you ever been told "you are useless. You are no good. You will never amount to anything?" Sometimes we believe them, and feel like we have no hope left. No matter how hard we try, we cannot find peace in life. We wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, and with a pounding heart. Anxiety has stirred us from another night of restless sleep. We ask ourselves how we got to where we are, not recognizing ourselves anymore.

God does not want us to feel this way. Before you were born, God has much bigger plans for you (Psalms 139:13). Paul says in Romans 8:35-37 that we have been remade into something far removed from these feelings, i.e., we are more than conquerors. This means we sometimes have to conquer ourselves, demanding a surrender not unto ourselves, but unto God.

It was never Gods plan for man to suffer like this. Today, God wants to remove us from the grips of such hopelessness. The steps to relief are mapped out in God's word. We have to hear His word (Romans 10:17), and believe in it (Hebrews 11:6). Repentance of our past sins that were hurtful to God must be present in us (Acts 3:19), and we are baptized into Christ (Acts 2:38) that we may be made new again, free from our previous bonds of misery. When we follow these steps we find peace, living faithfully according to His word.

Remember that life is not made up of the grand total or our past failures, or the consequences of our choices in life. We are not a slave to the problems of the world, but rather the conquerors of them through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13).

Let us get to know God's word, and let it replace that hopelessness with hope. After all, no matter how far down you get, it is never too far down to be out of God's reach (Acts 17:27).

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