Commentary: Overcoming - Part 1

Disappointments and difficulties are a part of life. Faith is necessary to overcome in all of life's situations. In Luke 8:22-25, we read how Christ and his disciples went sailing and he fell asleep. Then a storm caused their boat to fill with water. The disciples realized they were in jeopardy and awakened Jesus, who arose and rebuked the howling wind and the raging water. After calm was restored, Jesus asked his disciples, "Where is your faith?"

Jesus demonstrated to the disciples his power and authority over every situation in life. If we put our faith and trust in him, he will likewise be there for us no matter how distressing the situations we go through seem to be. The question for us today is, "Where is our faith in relationship to all that we face?" If you have reached the point where you cannot take anymore, do not become so weary that you begin to doubt the faith God has breathed into you.

What kind of situations and trials are trying your faith and seem insurmountable in your eyes? We are all susceptible to disappointment, difficulty, and distress. Jesus has given us his authority and power over all the issues of life. He wants us to overcome in all that we do and in everything that comes our way, promising his peace in all of our worldly tribulations. "Be of good cheer," he said, "I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

We have an enemy who wants to exploit those areas in our lives that cause us heartache. His purpose is not only to make us weary and lose heart but to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Scripture speaks of the Antichrist, who will be released in the earth in the last days prior to Christ's coming; it is important to know that the spirit of the Antichrist is already loose in the world and working towards these same objectives (1 John 4:3).

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