RIGHT JESUS—WRONG TIME by Carter Conlon Jesus said, “These things I have 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” (John 16:33). You and I would be wise to consider these words that Jesus once spoke to His disciples, bearing in mind that in this life, we will have tribulation, trials, difficulties, opposition, sorrow, and sometimes even depression. We will be falsely accused, even slandered. Yet we can be of good cheer, for we have the promise of God that no matter how dark the days may become, we are all going to make it to the finish line. Remember, Jesus has already won the victory. In last month’s newsletter, I gave an illustration of a football team coming out of the locker room and having to run through a paper wall in order to enter the game. That paper wall symbolizes everything you and I must break through—all the lies of the devil as to why we cannot go forward in God. The enemy succeeded in hindering the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt and were heading into the Promised Land. They stopped at the border, convinced that they could not go forward and claim what was lawfully theirs (see Numbers 13:32–33). They failed to understand that it was only a paper wall, and as a result, they ended up dying in the wilderness. So now let’s assume that we as a team have broken through the paper wall, and now we are all lined up on the field. It’s the opening kickoff. Somebody from our team backs into the end zone, catches the ball, and starts running toward the opposing team’s goal. However, all of a sudden he stops, spikes the ball on his own ten-yard line, and begins to do a victory dance.
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