Troubles and Triumph Coexist in the Same Space as Faith.

A few weeks ago a woman shared a vision she had in the wee hours of the morning. It predicted great things about my influence for God’s kingdom, especially on Orcas Island. My immediate response, which I sent her was, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”

She felt I was negating her vision. But I wasn’t. I was simply putting it in the perspective of reality. She was saying God is going to do great things through you. I was saying, if God does this, it will be in spite of the fact that I am still a sinner in constant need of God’s grace. The two statements are not incompatible; they could just be two sides of one coin.

Similarly I find some people who categorically deny the results of the fall, opting instead to claim only victory to the point of denying hardship in their life as if it cannot exist in the same space with their faith.

To these, I repeat these words from Sam Shoemaker. “There are those I know, who believe that faith ought to be a kind of guarantee against trouble. If so, Jesus had very little faith, for He faced a great deal of trouble in his life, including final execution.

His verdict upon it all was, “ in the world you shall have tribulation’—that is the simple, realistic fact: ‘but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,’ –that is the extra fact of faith. Tribulation and triumph—triumph on and through tribulation. This is the Christian victory. Jesus gave us no guarantee against this trouble, but against defeat.

 

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2 Responses to Troubles and Triumph Coexist in the Same Space as Faith.

  1. ST060111 | Dick Staub on June 1, 2011 at 6:51 am

    […] I find some people who categorically deny bad things in their life, opting instead to claim only victory to the point of denying hardship in their life as if it cannot exist in the same space with their faith. Read More. […]

  2. Bruce Meyer on June 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Like Jesus said in regards to Paul: I must show him how much he must suffer for the Kingdom. I think that’s what He said–I didn’t look it up. But, yeah, God be merciful to me a sinner. Incidentally, every once in awhile I see you slandered and abused in the mainstream media for saying good things, and think, Amen brother, that’s the right problem. Better than having everyone approve of what you do because you’re just like them!

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