Monday, December 12, 2011

The Prevailing Power of our Mighty God

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Micah 5:2

Excerpt from “Jesus, Light of the World: Mighty God” – 2011-12-11
In all of the times of struggle, trial, pain and suffering we go through in this life - we can prevail, we can persevere in trusting, loving, seeking and gratefully finding our greatest joy and satisfaction in our “Mighty God” - when we fully embrace the reality that God has prevailed and will always prevail until the end of time. In John 16:33 Jesus tells us: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, free of our sin which so easily entangles us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. In Christ we too shall sit with the Father, wrapped in His glory, immersed in His perfect peace and joy and love. Like Thomas Edison may we persevere in the midst of discouraging odds, and as a result may our lives shine where there once was darkness. May we run the race of life like Beth Anne the marathon runner, giving our all, knowing that with the power of our “Mighty God” we will finish the race and prevail to the very end, even if it seems like all seems lost. There will be a day, paraphrasing the words of Thomas Edison, when “the sight we so long desire will finally meet our eyes” – and we will find ourselves in the presence of the light that saved us from the darkness forever.

Out of a mountain of failures, a light was born. Out of our mountain of our failures, Jesus was born. God is still at work prevailing and persevering in the lives of those who trust Him, who love Him, who seek Him, and who gratefully find their greatest joy and satisfaction in Him. The truth of history tells us that God will prevail. In the season of celebrating the birth of God’s promised hope, may you know the never-ending joyful reality of the prevailing love of our “Mighty God” - that powerfully persevered on the cross of Calvary, and that will continue to joyfully prevail and powerfully persevere in every struggle, every trial, every pains and every suffering you experience in this life. Because our “Mighty God” persevered and prevailed, someday we will also persevere and prevail, and be with him in glory!