Fear runs rampant when life does not offer consistency. Not knowing what is going to happen next crushes a sense of security. Change that is sudden and volatile, piles on more fear, and life succumbs to hopelessness. That is where the world is right now. But it is not where you have to be. The world has never offered peace. Only Jesus Christ offers lasting peace that never surrenders to the world's unpredictability. He is the only constant in life. At this moment, you have a real awareness you need something more than yourself to handle what is happening all around you. It would help if you had an overwhelming victory.
“No, despite all these things,” Paul wrote to the Romans, “overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NLT). Victory in life’s devasting issues over which you have no control is yours in Jesus. Being victorious in Christ doesn’t mean that everything will change around you. It just means that you can have peace to live through it and rise above it.
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death" (Romans 8:35, NLT)? Nothing that happens in this life separates you from the love Jesus has poured out on Calvary. He loves you and gives you overpowering victory in your heart and mind to remain strong. Jesus guides you through life and carries you safely through trouble and harassment and catastrophe. He feeds you when you are hungry and without hope. Even the threat of death has no power to destroy your faith. He was victorious over death, and because of His unconditional love for you, you are triumphant, too.
“And I am convinced,” Paul wrote, “that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love" (Romans 8:39, NLT). Are you convinced? Throughout Paul's letters, he inspired believers to have confident hope and the assurance of Christ's victory over death. Life does not defeat you when you have confidence in what Christ has purchased for you on the Cross. When you know your identity in Christ—when you know who He has paid the price for you to be—you rise in confidence, believing you have victory over the trials of life. You believe without hesitation that His victory over death is your most exceptional promise.
Do you believe this? Do you have confident hope? You may have asked Him into your heart but still have not grown to understand your relationship with Him. Delve into the Word and learn who He is to you. Learn who He says you are. Grow in His grace that took your pain on Calvary. His grace still takes your pain today. The peace of Christ passes all human understanding. Believe in His love for you. Lay down all your worries for today and tomorrow at His feet, and receive His peace.
Jesus conquered the grave and now lives in you—giving you His triumph over death. When you accept His love for you, you also live, overcoming the trials of life and believing that you have His victory. Death does not give you fear. Abundant life here on earth and abundant life in heaven are your promises. Because He lives, you face whatever happens today or tomorrow, with confident hope and assurance that He has won your freedom, and nothing shall ever separate you from His love.
© 2020 Lynn Lacher