Bible Ballistics: BBs #197 We Win!!!
We talked last time about the ‘Match Game’ and how our talk ought to be ‘matched’ by our walk, and today I’d like us to end the week with a bit of encouragement, because regardless of where you stand on the eschatological timeline of events—the most important thing to remember is that Jesus IS coming again, and we who are HIS WIN!!!
That’s about as comforting as it gets!!! Jesus has promised us eternal life, and abundant life right now. In fact Jesus Himself said:
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:2-6
Jesus not only tells us He is coming for us, but that:
HE is preparing a place for us—
That where HE is now, we will be–
That we (all) can know the way—
Because HE IS the way, the truth, and the life!!!
Friends, we can take confidence in the power and sovereign control of our God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit!!! God reigns supreme and we win. We can take comfort in the reality that our God is in control—NOT the government—NOT the weathermen/women—NOT the Federal Reserve!!! And surely NOT the U.N.! Difficult days may be ahead but our God still reigns, take heart dear friends, We WIN!! But most victories are hard won, and we must remember that God’s Word says:
that will live godly
in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
We join our Savior who suffered wrongfully, but yielded Himself to His Father’s will. We can do no less!!!
“For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin,
neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled,
reviled not again;
when he suffered,
he threatened not;
but committed himself
to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self
bare our sins
in his own body
on the tree,
being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray;
but are now returned
unto the Shepherd and Bishop
of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:19-25
Jesus suffered for our salvation, how could we not expect to suffer for Him. And in these days of “Political Correctness” and “Hostility” toward Biblical principles, we should expect no less! But “how can this be encouraging”, you might ask? Well, we can take courage and encouragement in the victory that our Lord Jesus Christ bought at Calvary!!! We win, even though we may endure battle scars or even death for our Lord—WE WIN!!! And we can identify with Paul when he said:
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.” Philippians 1:21-26
So??? Rejoice “in Jesus Christ”!!! He is coming soon! And if you don’t know Him, then call on Him today. Is He standing at your heart’s door even now?
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
Then YOU WIN too!!!