His love has OVERCOME!

The past two weeks, my posts have largely been about keeping focused on the future and knowing that God has a plan for you. There are times, however, when keeping focused seems almost completely impossible, or at least somewhat difficult.

Too often the world will try to tear down our spirits with all the negative things happening in our lives and in the lives of those around us. All one has to do to see this negativity is to turn on the television sets to see believers being persecuted all across the globe by terrorist organizations and abusive governments. Meanwhile in our own lives, we are bound to endure much difficulties, anywhere from the loss of a loved one, a break-up in a relationship, a dream crushed, or a struggle to do well in class.

Whatever the issue, life tends to try and knock us down whenever it seems to be at the worst possible time. Over the past few months, I have seen much hurt and pain experienced by people I care so deeply about. I’ve seen friends and family members struggle with health problems, endure the loss of loved ones, and struggle to understand why bad things happen.

All I know is that in any circumstance, I don’t have all the answers, and I simply never will. What I do know is that God knows the answers and knows every hurt and every pain that we go through, and while I don’t understand what may be going on, all I have to do is trust in the Lord’s sovereignty.

We serve a mighty and majestic God. Any time I look at the beautiful shades of orange and pink in the evening sky or gaze at the millions of stars at night, I am overwhelmed by how mighty God is. I am amazed that He made this beautiful sky, allowed the birds to chirp sweet melodies, dotted the rolling hills with bluebonnets, daisies, and Indian paintbrushes, and yet took the time to reach down and create us, and through our imperfections, He still loves us.

I don’t have the answers to any of these problems. During the summer, I was driving down my county road, and as I did so, I thought of all my friends and family members who were going through heartaches, pains, and tragedies. I wept as I drove home, yet as I listened to K-Love, God spoke to me and told me, “Trust in my sovereignty.”

I was left speechless as I rejoiced in Him amidst all these thoughts. He gave me the ability to trust in Him, and instead of trying to understand fully what all was happening, I decided to trust that God is sovereign. I may not know the answers, I may not understand the situation, but what I do know is that my God and Savior gave His own Son who conquered death and promised His return to us some day. In every circumstance, while it may be natural to try and understand everything that is happening in our lives, we must trust that our God knows everything. We don’t have to understand it, because He does.

It can be hard to let go of our desire to try and understand everything to the point where we don’t trust God’s power and majesty. But we must try! We must try to lay our thoughts, our burdens, our cares at His feet and say, “God I trust you!”

One assurance that we have as believers is that in any situation, we can give Him all our burdens, because He overcame more pain, more agony than we will ever experience. Remembering this truth and accepting it can also be challenging, but take heart, His love has overcome.

My Dad and I love sharing Christian music together and recently, we have fallen in love with the lyrics and singing talent of Kari Jobe. We now have three of her CDs and thanks to our awesome Chromecast device, we frequently project her YouTube videos on our television set. One of my favorite songs she sings is Forever (see awesome video below). Read the lyrics and see how God speaks to you:

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him

One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
his perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome

How awesome is it to know that His love has overcome death, has overcome every sorrow, every affliction, every curse, every pain and suffering. This gives me so much joy. No matter what life tries to throw our way, let us strive to trust in His sovereignty, because He overcame it all. He is alive!

Romans 5:8 says, “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (HCSB)

1 Peter 5:6-7 tells us, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.” (HCSB)

And John 16:33 tells us, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV)

God loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us. When we come before Him, humbling ourselves, laying everything at His feet, He exalts us. He cares for us so much that it leaves me speechless. We will face trials and heartache, but He goes before us, and will never leave us. So no matter what we face, let us take heart, He has overcome! He is alive! Forever He is glorified!

Therefore, when life tries to knock us down and when we cannot understand what lies ahead, let us proclaim, “God, you are mine! You love me! I trust in your sovereignty!”

English Standard Version. Bible Gateway. Web. 24 Mar. 2015.

Holman Christian Standard Bible. Bible Gateway. Web. 24 Mar. 2015.

Jobe, Kari. Forever. By Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Gabriel Wilson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, Kari Jobe, 2013. MetroLyrics. Web. 24 Mar. 2015.

Forever by Kari Jobe:

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