Thursday, June 5, 2014

Do You Feel Defeated?

It is easy to feel defeated, day after day, as we pass through this earthly life waiting for eternity.

One thing after another comes at us, and satan tries to confuse us to get our eyes off of our Savior.

..."satan, which deceives the whole world..."  Revelation 12:9b

And the dragon [satan] was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17

"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea!  for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time".  Revelation 12:12

(I love how Christ reminds us it's just for a short time :)

Jesus knew His children would have days they felt defeated.  
I love how He loves us so much to warn and encourage us as He said,
..."In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

Flip to the back, the last book of the Bible, Revelation, where Jesus invites us to see the end of the story so we can be encouraged.

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death."  

This has been on my heart the last few days.  This was my post on FB the other day:

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."  Rev 7:9-10

I love how Paul David Tripp says in his book, Instruments In the Redeemer's Hands, "Think about what they [in heaven] are singing.  [And what we, His children, will be singing when we get there]  It is not, 'I got that job!',  'My marriage was fantastic!',  'I was surrounded by great friends and my kids turned out well!'  'I defeated depression and mastered my fears!' "

This is soooo true!  These things in life start to overwhelm us and defeat us...but then we turn our hearts to Christ, and see the back of the book, the end of the story in Revelation...

... and cry with a loud voice  “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb"! Rev 7:10 

and we cry, "Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever!"  Rev 7:12

and we cry, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing"!  Rev 5:12

and we cry,“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.  Rev 5:9b NASB

And slowly but surely the pull of the world and it's trials starts to dim and I don't feel defeated anymore.

"Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and power of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethern is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."     
Revelation 12:10-11


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the Word! Encourages my soul! You are a blessing to my heart! ! Hugs sweet pea!