Are you struggling with something painful today? If so, I have an encouraging word for you: go ahead and laugh at the enemy!
This morning, I was reading Matthew 5–the Sermon on the Mount. In that passage, Jesus says over and over that we are blessed when various bad things happen … and that we should count ourselves blessed if we are in bad circumstances.
Not because it's fun to be going through a trial; it's not fun.
Not because we want to stay in the trial; we naturally want to escape trials as soon as possible.
But each time Jesus said we are blessed if a certain bad thing happens (sadness, mourning, persecutions, slander, reviling, etc), He finished His phrase with one thing: a description of the truth.
- You may be sad now, but the TRUTH is that the Kingdom of Heaven–which is righteousness, peace, and JOY in the Holy Spirit, as well as power–is yours. That's the TRUTH.
- You may be mourning now, but you're about to be comforted. That's the TRUTH.
- People may have persecuted you or said bad things about you, but you have a great reward in Heaven. That's the truth.
And on and on and on. This theme repeats itself often in the Bible: “Count it all joy…” knowing that THE TRUTH is that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world… and THE TRUTH is that circumstances and appearances don't dictate reality.
Oh dear brothers and sisters. This is why we must keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. HE is the only Truth, and Truth is only found in Him.
Not in appearances. Not in circumstances, and certainly not in feelings.
The truth is what God says. That's it.
So are you sad today? Look up–look to Jesus–and you will be comforted.
Are you weak today? Look up–look to Jesus–and you will be strengthened.
Are you mourning today? Look up–look to Jesus–and you will be filled with the fullness of joy that is found only in His presence.
Beloved, don't listen to lies. Don't accept what the enemy tries to tell you is your portion. Don't accept the lies he sends to discourage you and weaken your soul.
Instead, go ahead and do what Jesus said to do: rejoice! Rejoice if you are sad! Rejoice if you are broken! Rejoice, no matter what! Go ahead and laugh at the enemy, for THE TRUTH is that you are MORE than a conqueror in Christ Jesus who loves you.
Does this word encourage your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below!
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