Lamentations 4:12-13 The Unexpected

The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the peoples of the world, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem. But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous. Lamentation 4:12-13

Jerusalem had been a very powerful city, in a very powerful nation during its time. It was set on a high hill with a great wall surrounding it. Attacking it and overcoming it would have been very difficult. All over the world, other nations knew that taking Jerusalem would have been nearly impossible. Yet, it happened, it was destroyed for a time, the unexpected happened.

The only reason that the enemy was able to take Jerusalem was because of the sins of the prophets, priests and people in the city. God handed Jerusalem over to the enemy because of sin.

Just like Jerusalem was confident that no one could conquer them, many other nations and people feel as though the enemy has no chance of overtaking them. People hide behind their money, power and position believing that those things will protect them from all harm or destruction.

Others hide behind church or a position in church. They feel that because they are a leader in the church or go to church each week, that they are immune to any destruction. As they stand behind these things, some will live in a sinful lifestyle, rebelling against God and His commands. They feel as though they are protected because they go to church and call themselves ‘Christian.’

God sees through their false living. He sees how each person is really living his life. He knows whether a person is really following Him or not.

In the end each person will stand before God to give account for his life. If one believes in Jesus and is following Jesus, God will see it and he will be saved. If one does not really follow Jesus, regardless of what his words say, God will also see it and the person will not be saved.

You have to make the choice to follow God. Do not trust the things of this world or yourself, put all your trust in Jesus. If you are against God, you can be overcome. God will win in the end.

Who are you really following today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God with all of your life; that you will trust God in every area of your life; and that you will be saved by Jesus. 

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1 John 5:5 Overcoming

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:5

In this world there is a great competition to be the best, the greatest, to win. Most people want to have more than what they already have. In order to get more, they have to get more money or more influence on others.

Businesses are always trying to outsell their competitors. Advertisements always state that their product is the best. The pendulum of which product sells most is constantly swinging back and forth.

Along with businesses, there are countries constantly striving to be the best or to conquer others. Wars are constantly happening between countries and within countries. Everyone wants to overcome.

Behind all of this competition is Satan. He is trying to win all of the world to himself. He does not want anyone to follow God.

Satan will use whatever methods he can to win you over. Lies and deception are his advertisements. Persecution and ridicule are his wars. Some of these will be physical, while others will be just in the mind.

Every believer is in a war. This war is with Satan and sin. The world follows Satan and his ways, thus, the world is also at war with the believer.

John tells you that the only one who can overcome the world is the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God. This believing in Jesus is stating that He is God and the Savior, He is the only one in absolute control.

Just a few verses before this, John tells you that the person who believes Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and the one born of God will obey His commands.

Believing in Jesus is stating that God is telling the truth. Jesus had overcome the greatest enemy of all mankind…death. If He can overcome death, there is nothing He cannot conquer. Since He has overcome death, He can give you the power to overcome everything, including death.

As Satan is throwing temptations and troubles your way, look to Jesus for strength and guidance. Believe in the words of Jesus that He has overcome the world. Do not look at Jesus as just some great teacher or prophet, but as the Son of God who is in control.

Do not allow Satan to get to you. Put on the shield of faith to protect you. In Christ Jesus you will be able to say no to temptations. You will be able to accept troubles coming your way. In the end you will be on the winning side with Jesus as both Jesus and you overcome the world and it’s ways.

I pray that today God will help your belief in Jesus to be strengthened; that God will strengthen you to overcome the world and it’s ways; that God will give you victory over sin and temptation; and that God will use you today to strengthen another believer.

1 John 4:4: Overcoming

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

At the beginning of this chapter, John tells you that whoever acknowledges that Jesus has come in the flesh is from God. This is recognizing that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior.

Now that you recognize this in your own life, you are from God. In today’s verse, John tells you that you have overcome them.

Who is this “them”? These are the spirits and people who are in the world that do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Everywhere you go, everywhere you look you will see people who do not believe in Jesus. Along with the people are the customs and ways that do not teach Jesus as the Savior of the world.

If you are living for God, all these spirits and people are against you. They may seem like a friend, but in the end they will try to destroy you because you do not believe as they do. The world does not want anything to do with Jesus as the Messiah.

Now comes the question of what does it mean to “overcome”? You will not be defeated. They cannot destroy you. At most, they may kill your body, but your soul is safely I God’s hands. Their lies and deception will not be able to harm you.

Can you do this in your own power? No. It is only because Jesus is in you. His Holy Spirit is living in you. God does the work of overcoming in and through you.

In yourself, you would be destroyed in an instant going up against the evil spirits of this world. You are nothing without God. God has absolute power and control in everything. No one or nothing can touch you without permission from God.

Trust in God to protect you in this world. Seek His guidance and power to overcome the spirits of this world. Do not give in to the ways of this world. Be an overcomer. Stand strong in His power and might. You will win with God.

I pray that today God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will give you His strength and guidance to overcome the world; that you will not give into the ways of this world; that God will remove fear of being overcome by the world; and that God will do mighty things in and through you.