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We Win the War (4 of 4)
Gerri and I were talking yesterday about how we should define ''normal life.'' I think we make the mistake too often, even as Christians, that our life should be without conflict, because Jesus will defeat all of my enemies, I will not live in the flesh (a/k/a I will always be in the Spirit), and the world has no influence on me.
But this is not the norm. Yes, Jesus will deliver me from all my afflictions, Yes, Jesus will defeat all of my enemies, and yes if I live in the Spirit I will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh and get in trouble that way, and yes I am crucified to the world and the world is crucified to me, BUT things don't always work out the way we want them to, the conflicts last longer than we desire, and we succumb too often to go back to our old nature to resolve our issues.
The truth is that life is full of troubles, but the key is we must hold onto our relationship with God through the storms in order to see His RESTORATION.
Listen, there are things that happen in life that we cause based on our sin. There are other things that happen to us because of someone else's sin, and there are other things that happen because of the world we live in, and still other things that befall us because Satan is loose on the earth.
Joseph was sold into slavery because his brothers were jealous of him because their father made a coat of many colors for Joseph but not for them. Also, Joseph had been given a dream that his brothers would bow down to him someday (maybe telling his brothers that dream wasn't the smartest thing he could have done.)
Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. 4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn't speak peaceably to him. 5 Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and ...
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