Pastor’s Ponderings: Challenged but Not Overcome!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in FEATURED, Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

During the 1960’s, in the midst of racial injustice, the cry of the people was “We shall overcome!” 

Sixty years later, in the midst of a pandemic, the answer from Jesus is, “I have overcome.”  Jesus overcame Sin at the cross, and He continues to help us overcome all of the perils of the present times.  He overcame the “World”, and despite the threats of ongoing racism, disease, and hate, our faith can get us through the valleys and bring us to the mountaintop of God’s love.

Pastor Jim offered the following thoughts on April 9, 2021 (several days after Easter)…

 

Greetings Friends:

Please read the following verses of hope…

  John 16:33    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

1 John 4:4    “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.”

Joshua 1:9    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 
Julian of Norwich (1342-1416) was a great 14th century Christian whose writings still inspire many of God’s people today.  While much of Julian’s life remains a mystery, yet many of her writings still remain with us.  Her writings offered Christian discipline and instruction for living a Godly life, even in the face of challenging times.  This humble offering for today is a word of hope from Julian’s collection of writings simply called “Showings.”

“And these words: You will not be overcome, were said very insistently and strongly,  for certainty and strength against every tribulation which may come. 

God did not say: You will not be assailed, you will not be belabored, you will not be disquieted,  but God said: You will not be overcome. 

God wants us to pay attention to His  words, and always to be strong in our certainty, in well-being and in woe, for God loves us and delights in us.”

“Amen” to Julian’s words.  May we reflect upon them coupled with the verses of Scripture noted above, be encouraged and trust the promise that we not be overcome by challenges as God is with us. May we choose to continue to grow as disciples, regardless of what is happening around us. 

Friends, God gives us hope with divine promises and while challenges and difficulties come, we will not be overcome as we keep our eyes on God and exercise our faith.

Keep the faith!!!!

 

Shalom,

Pastor Jim

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