Throughout the Bible, God reveals that He is always in control over His vast universe and even our seemingly insignificant lives. Here is a true-life story from a member of the persecuted church:
“I was the only convert of a man who died thinking he was useless to God. Both our crimes were for violent robbery and we actually shared a prison cell together.
“He told me about how—by mistake—he had been placed into a cell with a group of Christians. They were singing hymns at night and praising God together. He saw them as a soft touch and robbed them of their food parcels. He even beat them to show who was boss. For the first time in years he felt powerful again. But somehow they were not afraid of him and repeatedly shared their faith in Christ.
“One day in a fit of anger he took his knife to kill one of them. But something—or Someone—blocked him from bringing down the knife. For the first time, he was up against a force more powerful than himself, and one he could not understand.
“At that moment he put his trust in Christ. The prison authorities realized he had been allocated to the wrong cell and they moved him to solitary confinement. There he pleaded with God, ‘Lord, let me witness to Your power and love before I die.’
“One night the prison was overcrowded and I was put into his cell. I could see he was far-gone, barely conscious. He beckoned me close to his lips told me all about Jesus and how He loved me and wanted to save me.
“When I woke up in the morning, he was cold and dead. I was to be moved to a hard labor camp that day but the truck that was to take me there broke down. So I ended up in another cell—the one full of Christians.
“My truck was delayed a week. In that time the Christians told me the whole story about this man. They were delighted to learn he had witnessed to me before he died. The night before I was moved, I too trusted Christ.
“That’s the strength of suffering for Christ. It kept a dying man going because he wanted to witness. It kept those Christian prisoners buoyant all through their captivity. It gave me hope when I looked ahead at eight years of hard labor camp. I would have died if not for Christ.”
RESPONSE Today I will live in the awareness and peace that God has everything under control—no matter what storms I face.
PRAYER Pray that all those living in conditions as described above will also understand God’s purposes for their lives and realize the strength and meaningfulness in suffering for Christ.
1 JOHN 5:4 ETR 4 because everyone who is a child of God has the power to win against the world.
If you have received Jesus Christ then you are a child of God (John 1:12). The Bible says you are an overcomer -- a winner!
A big problem is that many Christians have a mistaken identity. They don't understand who they really are because they have not been told the full truth.
When you received Jesus Christ, more happened than just getting your sins forgiven. You became a new person, a child of God (1 John 3:2). And not one of God's children are losers!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 NLT 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
If you are a Christian, then you are what God says you are. You may not be acting like it yet, but whatever God says you are -- you are. For whatever God speaks comes to pass. If God were to say you are a monkey -- you would become a monkey.
God has said many things about you. He says you are an overcomer. That means you are a winner, not a loser.
1 JOHN 4:4 ESV 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 JOHN 5:5 ESV 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Who can overcome whatever the world throws at us? WHOEVER believes in Jesus! That includes you!
1 JOHN 5:4 ESV 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith.
What we believe is the key to overcoming. For truth, we must get our beliefs from the Bible.
If you have received Jesus you are born of God and God is your Father. You ARE a world overcomer. You are not a big mess-up. You are not a loser.
That may have been your past, but now things have changed. Clearly understanding who God has made you will change your actions, and your future.
You are a victor -- an overcomer! With God on your side helping you, you can overcome any obstacle or problem.
SAY THIS: God made me what I am: a winner not a loser!