Thursday, March 24, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, March 24, 2022

This is a reprint of a blog that we did on March 11, 2019.  We are in a challenging time with man's inhumanity to man all over the world. However, we have to remember 

God Gives Us The Victory In Every Situation

One of my favorite childhood superheroes was Superman played by George Reeves.  When he was hurt in the 1956 episode, “The Big Freeze,” I was devastated. Imagine my pain when news came in 1959 that George Reeves had died.  It was disappointing to know that the man who was "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!" "Yes, it's Superman- strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men” was simply a man, no superhero, just a man.

In the Bible, we discover those who love the Lord are much more powerful than any mythical Superman.  At a child of God’s request, He made the sun to go backwards (2 Kings 20:9-11). The Bible says that we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). We know that since God is on our side, nothing or no one can defeat us (Romans 8:31).  

Bullets bounced off of Superman’s chest, but the Bible states that no weapon that is formed against those who obey God will prosper (Isaiah 54:17a). Superman could defeat some bad guys, but children of God have been given the ability to deal with bad bosses.  Super heroes cannot heal the sick, but the Bible says that believers will lay hands on the sick and they will recover in the Name of Jesus (Mark 16:18).

God gives us power to always defeat the enemies (2 Corinthians 2:14). Therefore we can conquer any challenges that may come our way, with God on our side. Mythical heroes usually travel alone, but God lets His angels surround us to protect and keep us wherever we go (Psalm 91:10-11). This is not to say that Christians are never defeated, but God promises us that He will always accompany us in spite of trying circumstances (Deuteronomy 31:6).  

This week may be challenging, but we don’t need to call for a superhero because the Greater One lives in us and He gives us power and He will be with you to guide you.  Remember all things are possible to those that believe (Mark 9:23) and God will give you the victory in every situation.

2 Kings 20:9-11
New International Version (NIV)
Isaiah answered, “This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?”
10 “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.”
11 Then the prophet Isaiah called on the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.

Philippians 4:13
New International Version (NIV)
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Romans 8:31
New International Version (NIV)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Isaiah 54:17a
New International Version (NIV)
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail…

Mark 16:18
New International Version (NIV)
18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

2 Corinthians 2:14
King James Version (KJV)
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Psalm 91:10-11
New International Version (NIV)
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Deuteronomy 31:6
New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Mark 9:23
King James Version (KJV)
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

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