Good News: Greater is He

Let’s see some more good news in our Good News series to combat the bad news streaming from all forms of media 24/7.  Perhaps you need it like I do.  My heart has felt heavy, water-logged with constant saturation of bad news.

My heart is breaking for this world and for the good people in it,
and all persecuted Christians, both those who belong to God already
and those who are learning their allegiance to Christ through fire.

Our adversary Satan (also known as the prince of this world) has no hold on Jesus and is a defeated enemy.  He has no hold on Christians either as we are protected by the blood of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.  Praise God!

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome [the spirit of the antichrist/false prophets], because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”  (1 John 4:4)

If evil is so defeated, then why are we seeing this worldwide horror show unfolding before our eyes daily? 

It’s hard to say except for a few things.  First, we were told to expect it (Matthew 24:4-21).  But the Bible goes beyond simply saying to expect it.  Oddly, it also says that suffering and death are how the world learns about Jesus (and in our day, similarly, suffering and death cause people to seek Him when all earthly solutions give way).

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave. (John 14:27-31)

We thank You Father for the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ and for His willingness to lay down His life to reclaim humanity which bears Your Image.  We thank You that by faith we can enjoy eternal life with You and have Your peace that transcends all understanding.  Thank You that Jesus leaves His peace with us and that He doesn’t give as the world does. Thank You that You are greater than anything the world has to offer, even what it sells as good for us. You, Lord, are greater and will sustain our faith through any evil that false teachers, demons, or man may design to harm us.  No one can snatch us out of Your hands, and we praise You for that confidence! We ask Father that whatever suffering and death and distress that seems so unequaled in the timeline of man that You would use it for Your glory. That it would cause people to look for answers and find them in Jesus. Lord help us to remain confident and strong and to be willing to proclaim our allegiance to Christ, though it may be a huge sacrifice to do so.  We thank You for Your protection upon Christians. Thank You for the blood of Christ. Thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for the immensity of Your love for us. Strengthen us in these last days, Lord, and give us great power and wisdom so that we may proclaim Your word more boldly. We ask Father that You will not only thwart any evil that our adversary has planned, but You will cast him into his own pit, dug for us but destined for him.  Use the very things that our adversary crafts to instill fear, and turn it around, Lord, using it for good, to enlarge Your Kingdom, to make it greater, and that You would receive all the glory at the splendor of Your coming harvest!  We praise You! Amen.

Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on August 29, 2021

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