Peace in Changing Times

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By Gordon Robertson, Chief Executive Officer

In Him, we are overcomers

As our culture grows more worldly, things that were considered wrong are now considered right. The prophet Isaiah spoke of those who call evil good, and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). Jesus understands adversity—and He gives us great encouragement for our times!

He says in Luke 21:12-13, Th ey will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.

Shortly before He is betrayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus tells His disciples, Remember the word that I said to you, “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20).

Then He goes on to say something very surprising: These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace (John 16:33). Jesus has just told them that they will be persecuted, slandered, and put on trial. Yet He adds, “I’ve told you all this that in Me you may have peace.” The key to that peace is found “in Me.” When we encounter problems, we may be tempted to look to entertainment or material things when we should be looking to Him as the source of true peace.

Jesus continues, In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (v. 33). Why should we be cheerful in the midst of tribulation? Because He has overcome the world—and we are in Him!

The apostle John writes, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13).

We have received Him, so we have the right to be His children. We believe in His name, and His name is Savior!

This is what it means to be a Christian. We are born again—not by our choice, but by God’s will. If we truly understand that He has chosen us and we are in Him, then we have the confidence to face any difficulty.

John also writes, For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (1 John 5:4). Because we are born of God, we overcome the world. And the victory that overcomes the world is our faith!

As our world gets closer to the end times, there will be more strife and lawlessness. We need to stand strong in our faith, be diligent in doing good, and look to Him for our peace—for we are born again by God’s will. And that will is going to work all things … together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God bless you.

Scripture is quoted from the NKJV. Th is inspirational teaching can be found on Gordon Robertson’s blog at CBN.com.

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