“It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who has overcome will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” Rev 21:6-8
We face decisions everyday that offer the opportunity to identify as a child of God. Some are tiny choices, holding a door open, smiling and saying hello, others are not so small, breaking someone’s trust through infidelity, or focusing on material gain over displaying God’s love.
In 1st Corinthians Paul reminds God’s people in Corinth to “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” and to “Do everything in love.” This is how we “Overcome”, by standing firm in our faith, by trusting in God to lead us to his grace. To the Ephesians he wrote “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” This armor he speaks of is Trust. It is Faith.
When facing these choices we can place our faith in God, and our trust in the Lord’s direction, or we can put faith in our own ability and trust in what we desire. If we can bear our crosses, and the weight of this “armor” we can withstand the urges to make the wrong choice, we can fend off Satan’s schemes to win our faith. For that is what it truly is.
That choice to defy someone’s trust, or to desire something above what is rightfully gained, is offered out of evil. From Satan himself. By making choices void of God’s direction we are denying His leadership, thus denying His sovereignty, His omnipotence, His Deity, and putting our faith in ourselves, claiming deity for ourselves. Just as Adam and Eve did at the beginning. It is pride, it is idolatry, it is sin.
The Good news is that God Loves us regardless of our sin, He is our loving father, who forgives our weakness, and our transgressions. He sent his Son Jesus to bear the weight that was too heavy for us. To save us from the pain we will suffer without Him. He has offered us a way to claim our kinship, a way to “inherit all this” through faith in His Son, through believing in His death and resurrection for our sins. Through true repentance and TRUST in His great will.
In dying he bore our sins, in rising he restored our lives, and that cross is now the point at which we must decide our paths. Do we forsake what God has done for us, do we deny what was completed that day on Calgary, or do we stand in faith against those choices we truly know aren’t the will of God.
I pray Lord God, for the strength of faith that allows me to follow Your will. I pray for the discernment of the righteous way that you provide. Lord God, keep my eyes open to your will, and my heart focused on You always. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen