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Focus: Losing ourselves in Christ
John 16:33 (NKJV) These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Fear of the future can find its way into our lives early on.
I was born in 1951 and in my childhood, it seemed like World War II must have been ‘long ago’–since I hadn’t been alive during the time it happened. At the ten-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, it was a stark realization to me that the mid 50s was truly the early aftermath of World War II.
Grasping that information gave me the ability to understand better why there was still so much reference being made to the World War II when I was young. There were some references I wish I had not been exposed to—but, many of the harsh realities were continuing to unfold.
It was at church where a slide show was presented, revealing some of the atrocities of the holocaust. The vivid black and white pictures on the big projection screen left a horrific impression on my young mind. I saw dead bodies piled high on a flat bed wagon. I saw people who were barely alive and starving from gross malnutrition. There were many images of the dead and dying–and of the severe chambers where millions of them were executed.
The idea of it all was so unthinkable. I couldn’t stop imagining the awfulness and how horrible it must have been for the families who were torn apart.
No wonder I had nightmares. No wonder I laid awake at night worrying that another war would happen and that my dad would have to leave us and go fight for our country. In spite of the sometimes scariness of his angry spells, the thought of not having a dad at all was just plain terrifying.
Way back in the beginning, God created a perfect environment for man and woman. It was His desire that they would live on earth in peace and harmony with Him–enjoying all of the magnificent things He had made. Everything was wonderful for a while. But, because of disobedience to God’s desires—people allowed sin and its effects to enter into the world–and things were never the same after that.
Later on, Jesus came offering new possibilities to those who would put their trust in Him. Near the end of His life in human form, John chapter 16 gives us the account of Jesus preparing his followers for the time when He would have to go away.
The talk He was giving reminds me of the comforting words my mother would say when my parents were about to leave us with a babysitter or our grandparents for a while. It was the assurance of her saying, “We’ll be back in a little while”, that I held onto until they returned and I saw them coming through the door.
Jesus was letting us know in this passage that we would face tribulation. It was no secret. He knew better than anyone what mankind was capable of. But, instead of letting our imaginations run wild–He was telling us to receive the peace He was able to give us by ‘losing ourselves in Him’. He was saying, “In the world there is tribulation—but don’t live in the world—live in Me and live happy, because I have overcome the world.”
When we lose something—we have to let it go. Letting go isn’t always the easiest thing to do—even if it is the best thing. Losing one’s self in Christ means letting go of fear. Isn’t it about time we did that?
Declaration: Because fear of the future can cause me to be depressed and could drive me toward addiction, I will find new strength by choosing not to live in the world, but to live in Christ. As I lose myself in Him, His power will enable me to be an overcomer, through whatever may be ahead.
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