Jer. 29:10, 11 - “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise … For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Considering "victorious Christian living," what is actually meant? Too often mine and others' thinking is of the woman with issue of blood, healed by Jesus touching the hem of His garment. Also receiving financial restoration and no longer considered an outcast in the community. Is this what scripture says? Are her remaining days now free from reoccurrence of the condition? All pain, loss, and suffering?
When experiencing miraculous events in life focus is placed on faith or lack thereof. Also, miraculous events most often are thought of as 'big' things. If items contended for over weeks, years, or decades do not change, questions of faith and salvation rise. What faith is God most truly interested? Faith for miraculous healing, rescue, or something else?
Heb. 11:6 - "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."
The passage above points to faith knowing the Lord sits on heaven's throne in control of the universe. His heart prizes most our belief in the prevailing and overcoming love of Christ Jesus. It's true even if circumstances never change or even worsen. Paul was miraculously delivered from prison to always return. Was he weak lacking enoughn faith for jail doors to always supernaturally swing open? Is it rationalized as a spiritual battle and consequence for preaching the gospel? Now we can explain away lack of faith to be set free each time. Faith is manifest in our lives physically and emotionally. If a preoccupation exists how we or others think faith must appear now dicating too God ... we loose sight of true faith, Who He is, and actual residence.
If not freed from chronic medical, financial, or other imprisonments is there surrender to voices whispering, 'you will never measure up'? What do we say when life from birth to death is spent in Babylonian captivity? Do we hear the Spirit's still small voice say, 'though you and all others have given up on life and yourself, I never will give up or abandon you. One day soon whisking you away to your true home with me.'
Hearing this truth in heart brings renewal though decay, bondage, and death are inevitable. Suffering is changed to Christ's. Hope springs knowing Jesus came to save not condemn. Set free from slavery most concerning to God - sin. The faint taste on earth soon realized in eternity; drowned in the unfathomable love of our Savior.
Remaining on earth no longer lost in situations seemingly unchanged. We rest in the overpowering faith His love reigns supreme in all things.
Heb. 11:13 - "All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth."
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