Our Bible verse for today: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Corinthians 15:57 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You can overcome it!”
One of the most inspiring stories of overcoming that I’m aware of is that of Joni Earackson Tada. As a teenager in 1967 she had an accident when she dove into shallow water in the Chesapeake Bay. She broke her neck and became a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down. For a long time after the accident she was angry, depressed, and suicidal. She was convinced that her life would now be miserable and meaningless.
However in the midst of her misery, Joni gave her life to Christ and trusted Him to help her live through and overcome her terrible circumstances. She soon learned to paint pictures by holding a brush in her teeth. Her art was so good that some of it is in art galleries. She also became a motivational speaker at Christian conferences. She has also written over forty books; and she has an international radio program focused on encouraging others to overcome their own perceived limitations in life; and she heads an international ministry that provides assistance to disabled people around the world. The most impressive thing about her success is that she has done it all without the use of any part of her body below her shoulders.
Joni’s story inspires me because if Jesus can help her to overcome her challenges in life, surely He will help me to overcome mine too, and the same is true for you. My friend, there is nothing you are facing in life that Jesus cannot and will not help you to overcome. It’s true that life can be hard. We all have times that are dark and scary and uncertain. But in the middle of such times the Lord can and will help us to find strength, courage, peace, hope, and even joy. With Jesus you can be an overcomer.
One of the ways Jesus ministers to us in the midst of our struggles and helps us to overcome the things we are dealing with, is by the ministry of the church. Through the music, the sermon, and the fellowship with other Christians, the Lord will often speak words of comfort, peace, strength, encouragement, and guidance to us. We often find the help we need at church.
Today is Saturday. Tomorrow is Sunday. I encourage you to attend the church of your choice. If you aren’t already a member of a good church then I invite you to visit with us at Oak Hill Baptist. Part of the sermon tomorrow will be about how it is that God uses us to minister to one another in our times of greatest need so that we can be overcomers.