Be of Good Cheer

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I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
John 16:33 AMP

Be of Good Cheer in the Face of Calamity

Be of Good Cheer in the Face of Calamity
Being of good cheer is hardly ever (actually never) my response to calamity. I’m tempted to respond to a loveless world by retreating and withdrawing my love. Sure, my first reaction is sadness and then anger, but following that is self-preservation. It’s like I want to retreat and refuse to love again. But saving myself is never, ever a profitable response. Self-saving is a recipe for destruction. The Word says you will lose your life if you attempt to save it, and this includes resisting the call to BE love (Matthew 16:25).

As I’ve shown in my last post, in the end times, people’s love will grow cold. Lawlessness will increase because self-satisfaction will become the rule of life. The masses will love self to the exclusion of all others, like a horde of narcissists inflicting the world with demonized self-worship. We aren’t talking about, “I have worked all day and am tired…can’t you take out the trash?” No, this is an exaltation of self as a god. “I want it, IT MUST BE!” This lawlessness is self-rule above the lordship of the One True God!

Looking for a Solution

So I’ve looked for the Solution. I have sought for Hope in a wave of despairing circumstances.  I’ve asked for Light in this darkness. “Jesus, please give me something to hold on to!”  How do we stand in the face of such blatant disregard for decency? What do we do when the standards of rule are thrown aside? How do we endure when lawlessness rules while believing it’s absolutely right?

Jesus told the disciples and Paul told Timothy, you must remain faithful and true to the words you’ve heard. To be perfectly honest, I was looking for a snuggly word of encouragement. One like, “Come over here I’ll make it all better.” But Christ says, “The one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13). And Paul charges Timothy, “Remain faithful to the things I have taught you. Preach the Word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching” (2 Timothy 3:14, 4:2).

In the end of days, we have to go to work. I have to let Christ BE in me and not retreat. It is a serious time and the temptation is to give up and withdraw. But the Lord says that this is when we’re to shine. Christ also said that these times will be cut short for the sake of the elect, for if He didn’t, no one would survive (Matthew 24:22).

Be of Good Cheer in Our Times

Be of Good Cheer in Our Times
The reality of the times is that they’re treacherous! We will be persecuted, slandered, hated and murdered. People’s actions will seem like utter madness and chaos. But in it, we’re called to remain so completely dependent on the Lord. Actually, the times are set up to push us into greater and greater dependence on Him. Because of our dependence, we let Him be Lord. This isn’t a simpering, cowed retreating into a defeated stance, but a counterassault of the living under His ruling, when the world is casting off all restraints. The reason I can be of good cheer is that this battle is won. I’m not left aimless, abandoned and without hope. I can be of good cheer because I’m about to witness the miraculous expression of His Living in, on and through me in the face of devastating darkness.

The signs are before us, we’re spiraling downward. But among this entropy is The Reality. In the face of Egypt’s tyranny, Yahweh arose using Moses to free His children. During Nebuchadnezzar’s insane reign of terror and false worship, Jehovah rose in Daniel to overcome. At the height of Herod’s murderous power grab, Christ the Savior was born as King. And with every martyr and persecuted saint, Christ’s Light and Life shines.

Be Of Good Cheer in Overwhelming Circumstance

When faced with overwhelming circumstance, plagued with despair and disillusionment, be of good cheer. These moments are drawing you closer to your Reigning King, and your Redeemer is about to show Himself strong!

Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies. For we who live are constantly [experiencing] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced through our flesh which is liable to death.
2 Corinthians 4:10-11 AMP

Comments:

Posted by Pauline
July 18, 2016 at 7:44 pm

John, you mentioned Daniel and that reminds me that after everything he not only saw, but experienced personally; knowing that all the warnings and judgements by Jeremiah and others had been fulfilled, he could still say, “God,You did the right thing.”

We all know that God ALWAYS does the right thing — it’s just Who He is. I just pray that confidence in His righteousness will be that strong when wrong things happen to my loved ones, my world, our nation, etc.

Have to believe that this couldn’t be possible apart from the Holy Spirit: “. . . not by might, not by power but by My Spirit . . .”

Thank you, John.
Love

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    Posted by Cherie
    July 20, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Beautifully said. Thank you!

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Posted by Jim
July 18, 2016 at 8:45 am

Thank you John

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Posted by tammy
July 18, 2016 at 6:21 am

“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…
Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, …
…having…truth…righteousness…peace…faith…salvation…sword of the Spirit [your weapon!], which is THE WORD OF GOD!.
…praying always…being watchful…”
Ephesians 6:10-18 NKJV (emphasis mine)

And Father I pray “that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,” Eph 6:19

Amen.

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Posted by Debra
November 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

Thank you John. I came across this verse in my Bible study today and it jumped off the page. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 from the NLT. “He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO LOVE and accept the truth that would save them.” (Emphasis mine)

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Posted by Layman Lee
November 8, 2014 at 8:20 am

John, I just got around to reading your post for the 5th and 7th, Good Words. The 5th was so close to what I have been preaching within my circles for a couple of years it was almost scary. Your answer on the 7th shows us why we need to stay in daily submission to the Spirit, gives us our joy,which is our peace.
May God continue to Bless You,
Lee

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Posted by Tammy
November 8, 2014 at 5:58 am

“…this battle is won. I’m not left aimless, abandoned and without hope. I can be of good cheer because…”

Yes! Such perfect truths.
Bless the Lord! And may He bless you John.

Love

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Posted by Susan
November 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Can we not look back over our life in Christ and see how He has been preparing us for such a time as this? So glad you are putting a voice to this topic John.

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Posted by Sam
November 7, 2014 at 8:57 am

Thank you. Haven’t you noticed the prompting of the Spirit when you get in yourself and start looking for your own survival? He withdraws from that so completely that you are left so alone and in such a misery that He overfills you with sadness and leprosy.

That’s not the way, you are so right John. We have to follow Him and ask Him to empower us to follow, and say as that man: “I believe, help my unbelief”

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Posted by Linda
November 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

Thank you John. Your words and thoughts were another gift from God. His timing is always so perfect.

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