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Be Thankful, For He Has Overcome the World

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“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on Earth, you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  (Jesus)  (John 16:33, NLT)

I was doing a bible plan called “One Word that Will Change Your Life.”  I was doing it with my prayer team and some others, and today’s reading brought this verse to mind.

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a railroad track through the woods. With words that say 80% of what happens to you is to provide for you to help and serve your fellowmen and in turn allow them to help you. Walter Penning

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It talked about how you cannot let anything draw you away from focusing on your one word (mine, by the way, is intimacy), just like Nehemiah was doing a great work and would not go down to meet with the enemies of Israel.

If you read Nehemiah chapter 6, you will get a real eye-opener.  Satan and those who were helping him (whether intentionally or not) really tried multiple tactics to get Nehemiah to crumble, but God won out in the end.

First, he had the enemies and those opposed to the wall of Jerusalem being rebuilt send a letter accusing Nehemiah and Jerusalem of rebellion.  I would have been tempted to feel like I would need to go straighten the whole thing out before I could continue.  Surely, this was necessary and important, and if I didn’t nip this in the bud right now, it could cause more issues in the future.  Not Nehemiah.  He told them flat out that the story was untrue and that he could not go down to meet with them.  Good going, Nehemiah!  Then, Satan tried fear.  Someone else suggested going and cowering in the temple to hide because these people were obviously out for blood, so we need to go protect ourselves.  Nope.  Nehemiah wouldn’t give in to that one either.  Sorry, guys.  We’re just going to keep working.  And God protected them.  Then, we have people playing the two-faced, gossip game.  This reminds me of middle school, although even when I was in college, I knew people who did this.  In fact, I’m sure I did it myself at one time in my life.  This is where you mention someone to someone else trying to get them to say something negative about that person.  Then, you go to the other person or people and tell them everything the first person said.  Wow!  Nehemiah didn’t play this game either.

You didn’t think such childish games showed up in the bible, did you?  For a long time, I thought they could only be found either in middle school or among women trying to compete with each other.  (Sorry, gals; I’m one of you, and so I can say this because I’ve been there, done it, and seen others do it)  Very sad.  Anyway, the wall got built.  Which is to say, God overcame the world!  So be thankful.  Keep your focus on what God wants you to focus on.  Don’t let yourself be side tracked.  And remember: We will have many tribulations in this world, but take heart.  Jesus has overcome the world!

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