“Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons they fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost you could always be found
Just know you’re not alone
‘Coz I’m gonna make this place your home”
These are lines from Phillip Phillips‘ song “Home”. And yes, he won American Idol.
But, he’s not really the main topic here, but it’s the amazing lines presented within his coronation song. I guess, it’s really such a great inspiration for me. Especially the lines I mentioned above.
“Blessed are the children for theirs is the kingdom of God”
by Danny Randall
(I asked for his permission if i could post this, and he gladly agreed. His words have truly inspired me and I hope it does inspire you too.)
It’s amazing to me how much of my life I was motivated by what I was against and I actually thought I was living in freedom! It’s so easy to rally around a cause, especially when everyone around you agrees with you and pats you on the back for standing up for the truth. For me what I was against was man-made religion and all the evil that comes from it. I would quote Blaise Pascal’s famous quote, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction,” often to justify my anger and self-righteousness towards those I thought were the enemy.
Through a bit of searching, a bit of truth-filtering, I have realized a lot of things.
One of those things are how the world defines “overcoming” and how the Bible has a different side on it.
Everyday, the world strives hard, puts so much effort on becoming better, helping one’s self and trying harder just to become a better person. There is an imaginary ladder where the people who are “stronger” and who has the more victories and accomplishments are on the top while those who have lesser strength and achievements are on the bottom.
This worldy thinking is contradicted by the Bible – where 1John 5:5 says:
“Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
It’s clear that we are not overcomers based on our effort, based on our achievements, our successes, or how well we serve/perform as an individual. It is our faith that makes us an overcomer.
That’s such a great hope and it’s indeed a great and mighty truth. While this world continues to think based on how well we do, how well we act/do/create things… but then, that is not how God defines someone who is strong. God defines us based on our fatih — and that faith comes from Him even — and that’s a good reason to think equally of others.
Whether you are weak now, or whether you are strong. Whether you have failed many times or you succeed in an array of things, you are an overcomer if you believe in Jesus Christ. Believe He saved you and that He keeps on saving you everyday. =)