More Than Conquerors!!!

The photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him and he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, a plane was warming up near the runway.

He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air.

“Fly over the north side of the fire,” yelled the photographer, “and make three or four low level passes. Why? asked the pilot. “Because I’m going to take pictures,” cried the photographer. “I’m a photographer and photographers take pictures!”

 After a pause the pilot said, “You mean you’re not the instructor. That is exactly how way life appears to us at times, isn’t it? It seems at times that whoever may be driving the plane doesn’t know where he is going, or what he is doing. But, that’s just how things appear to us. From our vantage point it seems that our lives get into more messes than we can figure out. But, again, that’s just how things appear.

According to the Bible, the children of God are a perpetually victorious people. We can’t always see it. We don’t always feel it. We don’t always live like it. It’s true nonetheless.

 Bible tells us in Rom 8:37, it reminds us  that we are “More Than Conquerors” in spite of how things appear to us, or in spite of how we may feel about our circumstances. 

You may not feel like a conqueror today. You might feel like an inexperienced pilot is at the yoke of your life. Regardless of how you feel, this verse offers words of hope, peace and encouragement to those who feel discouraged, defeated and overwhelmed by life. 

Friends, are you convinced? If you are saved, you are “more than a conqueror”. I don’t always feel like it’s true. I don’t always live like it’s true. But, the Bible assures me that it is.

I am interested in that truth becoming a reality in our lives. It can, but we must take God at His Word and learn to trust Him by faith, even when nothing that is happening in us or to us seems to back it up. In the end, victory comes down to faith. Either I believe what the Bible says, or I believe what my eyes see, my mind thinks or what others say.

So, my fellow “super conquerors”, what should we do with this information? I think we should seek the Lord’s face and ask Him for the faith to live like a “super conqueror” even when we don’t like that’s what we are. I think we should seek His help to live in victory, even when we feel defeated. I think we should just take God at His Word and leave the details with Him!

God bless…. 

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A GUIDE FOR PEACE IN THE WAITING ROOM OF LIFE

My past, like yours, was a lost past! I do not want to go back to that life ever again! My future, though as yet unseen, will end with me in Heaven with the Lord. I am waiting excitedly for that day, as I know you are. In the meantime, we wait! We do not know when the Lord will come for us to take us to our future in glory, so we wait. While we wait, there are many situations in life that could cause you and me to live in fear.

When we take the time to look around, we see those who live lives of wickedness prospering. When we see this, it renews an ages old struggle over why the wicked prosper while the righteous seem to suffer. This was the problem Job had. It was also the problem faced by a man named Asaph.

If we keep our eyes on the world and all of its convulsions this morning, we will most certainly live in fear and uncertainty. While there are many reasons for fear when we look around, it is when we begin to look up that we find an enduring source of peace in the waiting room of life.

Friend, while we wait, it often looks bad for the people of the Lord. There are times when it seems like the worldly crowd is winning. It seems like the church is languishing. It appears that somehow our faith in the Lord is not paying off as we thought it would. When those times come, do not be envious of that lost man who seems to be prospering. Just remember that the story is still unfolding and that we haven’t lived through the last scene just yet! Keep your eyes on the sky, wait patiently for the Lord to finish His plan for the ages and know that the best is yet to come!

God bless…

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

 A name is the title by which one person is designated from another. It is a way for us to tell people, places and things apart. William Shakespeare once said, “A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.”  For us, names are just a way to tell thing apart.
      It was not always this way. In Old Testament times, a name stood for a person’s “reputation, their fame and their glory.” Parents often gave children names that described the parent’s hopes and future expectations regarding that child. The word translated “name” in the Old Testament literally means “A mark or a brand.” 

People were given the names they were given for a reason. A study of Bible names often reveals much about the personality of the people mentioned in the Bible.  

For instance, David means “Beloved.” Abraham means “Father of a multitude.” Jacob means “Trickster.” Goliath means “Splendor.” All of these people proved true to their names!

Today, I want to talk about a name we all know.  I want to look at the name of the One mentioned in Matthew 1:21-23.  There must be something special about the name JESUS.  After all, it was a name given to Him by God the Father (Mt.1:21; Lk1:31). The name Jesus is a name that has been exalted by the Father, (Phil. 2:9-11),when that name is mentioned, men should bow before Him and confess Him as Lord. His name is a special name!

Friends, What’s in a name?  If that name is Lijin Rajan, not very much.  But, if the name is Jesus, everything is in that name!  His name is the source of our salvation. His name is the hope of our hearts. His name can break sin’s bondage and cool the fevered brow. His name can lift the greatest burdens. His name can comfort the broken heart. His name is a name worth knowing, because it speaks of a Savior worth loving. His name is everything. His name unlocks the door of heaven and closes the gates of Hell. His name saves the vilest sinner; redeems the blackest soul; and secures the precious saints. 

Be blessed n His name…

Moving Out Of Your Comfort Zone!! 

Everybody has a Comfort Zone.  There is a certain temperature at which we feel the most comfortable.  There is a way of life in which we feel at ease.  There is a crowd of people with whom we feel most comfortable.  When we are around the wrong crowd; in the wrong situation; in the wrong place; and doing the wrong things, we can feel very uncomfortable and out of place.    When we find ourselves outside of our “Comfort Zone”, we can become a little nervous. There is nothing wrong with this; it just proves that we are interested in being comfortable.  However, there is a sense when comfort can become a thing of concern.

      It is easy to reach a place as individuals where we become satisfied with the status quo.  We so structure our lives to the point that we can almost predict what will happen from one day to the next.  For many, this kind of stability provides a deep sense of security and well being, and there is nothing wrong with that.  It is when this same type of comfortable living invades our spiritual life that will cause us trouble.

      There is nothing wrong with being satisfied with your job, but when you become satisfied with your service to the Lord you have problems.  There is nothing wrong with being comfortable with your home, your automobile, or your financial standing, but when you become complacent about your prayer life and satisfied with your spiritual progress, you need to move out of the comfort zone spiritually.  We should never reach a place as a child of God where we are totally satisfied with our walk and our witness to a lost and dying world. 

God bless…