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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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November 15, 2013 - Overcomers!

By Greg Ebie

Have you ever wished life was easy?

Think about a seed lying in the ground. The forces of nature work against the seed. If life is not within the seed, it will rot and become part of the soil. But if life is within the seed, it will push back against that which would otherwise destroy it and begin to grow. The mighty oak tree stands strong because it was strengthened by the winds that sought to topple it. The very nature of life is to overcome adversity and be strengthened by it.

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:8,9, NIV).

We grow in grace the same way a tree grows in space. We overcome that which stands against us. How does the believer grow in holiness, righteousness and self-control? The life of the Holy Spirit within us empowers us to resist temptation and evil.

Ephesians 2:1-5 describes a miracle of transformation. Once we were dead in our sins and transgressions. No life was found in our soul; death was at work in us. We could not help but to be overcome by sin. We were alone in the world without hope. Our destruction was imminent because we had no life within us to bring about victory.

Yet now we are alive in Christ! That which once had the power to destroy us has no power over us. What once left us defeated now makes us stronger because the life of Christ is in us.

The force of life is greater than that of death. Difficulty and hardship may abound around us. We may be opposed on every side, but nothing can crush us. "The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

No matter what we face, with Christ's life at work in us nothing can overcome us.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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