Under the Circumstances

We’ve all either heard it as a response or given it ourselves.  You know the one.  Someone asks, “How are you doing?”  And we respond, “Pretty good I guess…..you know under the circumstances.”

My question is:  Why are we always fighting from under the circumstances?  Here’s what I’m getting at.  The Bible promises us that we are going to have trials and difficulties in this world.  For example, James reminds us to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers when you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2).   Notice it did not say “if” but rather “when.” Peter, speaking of our time here on earth, says “now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1 Peter 1:6).  Jesus himself even reminds us, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).

The beautiful truth is the last part of that verse.  Jesus goes on to say, “But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  You might be thinking, “That’s great that Jesus has overcome this world.  But I am still stuck here.  What about me?”  

My beloved, if you have Christ living in you, then you are capable of overcoming this world as well!  1 John 4:4 reminds us, “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”  

You see, when we fight from under our circumstances, we are allowing our problems to have power over us.  Why would a soldier go into battle fighting from an already defeated posture?  That mentality would mean sure defeat.  However, the Bible tells us that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).  

Let’s think about some examples from Scripture.  After becoming queen, Esther learned that a decree had been issued by her husband which would allow for the annihilation of the Jewish people.   Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, persuaded Esther to  go to the king and intercede on behalf of the Jewish people (to which Mordecai and Esther also belonged).  Esther agreed, knowing full well that she could be killed for approaching the King without an invitation.  She instructed Mordecai to gather all of the Jews living in that area together and to fast and pray for her for three days, while she and her maids did the same.  Esther did intercede on behalf of the Jews and they were saved from destruction.  But……what would the outcome have been had she operated from under her circumstances?

After casting a demon out of a slave girl, Paul and Silas were severely beaten and thrown into prison.  However, despite their circumstances, Paul and Silas chose to pray and sing hymns to God.  God sent an earthquake which shook the prison causing all of the doors to fly open and all of the prisoner’s chains to fall off.  The jailer was terrified when he realized what happened, thinking that all of the prisoners had escaped.  But, Paul stopped the jailer from committing suicide, presented him with the gospel, and the jailer along with his entire household were saved and baptized that night.  Paul and Silas were then released as free men.  Again…..what would the outcome have been had they operated from under their circumstances?

My friends, we are not fighting for victory, but rather from victory.  Christ has already won the battle for us.  All we have to do is tap into the power that is available to us as His children.  Let’s stop allowing our circumstances to crush us and instead as those who are “more than conquerors” (Rom. 8:37), let’s rely on the Lord’s resources to fight our battles.  This will always lead to VICTORY!!

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