Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
From time to time every Christian becomes discouraged and feels like he isn’t living up to God’s expectations. It is especially easy to feel this way as society becomes an increasingly unfriendly place for Christianity. Take heart! You do not have to go it alone.
In the first chapter of Acts we read as follows:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
After being Baptized with the Holy Spirit the ragtag group of disciples who had abandoned Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane began to preach the gospel with boldness and to refuse to stop even though it cost several of them their lives. The gospel then began to spread and many believe that this was a major cause of the fall of the Roman Empire. Ironically, the very same government that had crucified Jesus and countless of his followers, had now collapsed as a consequence. From this tiny country in the middle East God’s gospel message has grown to where there are now 2,2 Billion Christians in the world.
In the 4th chapter of 1 John we read: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
No matter how discouraged and overwhelmed by the world you may feel, if you are a Christian Scripture tells us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. Through him you have the power to overcome and make a difference in the world!