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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

  Forry's Mill Covered Bridge
Forry's Mill Covered Bridge
This morning I had an errand and was again reminded of the quaintness of living in Lancaster County; a drive though a covered bridge!
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"I Know How The Story Ends"

Message summary: Hide this truth deep in your heart. We may struggle at times, some more than others, but God's eternal Word declares that what really matters has already been taken care of. "We are (present tense) more than conquerors." Is Jesus Christ your Saviour and Lord today? Ultimately this is the only thing that matters in winning the one thing in life that really does matter.

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"As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom” (Daniel 7:9). "Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls" (1 Peter 1:8,9). "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37).

Three brothersMy two brothers and I all enjoy sports. When we were younger participating and now mostly watching. The photo to the right was taken over 20 years ago in Colorado at a family reunion.

Of course I still like to take bike rides (is that a sport?) and this summer we plan to try to play pickleball! Brooksyne and I both played tennis through our thirties but that's just a bit (actually a lot) too much now.

When I watch any sporting event I want to do so when it's live and the outcome is unknown. I really have no interest in watching a recorded event when the outcome is known.

My brother Pat on the other hand enjoys watching events later but before watching does not want to know the outcome. If I call him he'll sternly tell "don't tell me who won!"

Beau EckertThis last Sunday our pastor, Beau Eckert, shared a third viewing option. He likes to watch a recorded sporting event but wants to know the outcome before watching. If his favored team lost he has no interest in watching. If his team won he watches it although he already knows the outcome. He told us how the setbacks during the game really didn't bother him since he already knew his team won.

He used this as an illustration of Daniel 7 and living life with an assurance of the ultimate outcome, that we are on the victorious side, even though in the course of life we will see many setbacks.

Although the imagery can be difficult to understand you see this in our first daily text. "As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom”.

As God's redeemed children, on the basis of Scripture we know that we are on the winning side. May God give us grace not to stress out in the "play-by-play" of life, worrying about finances, health, world conditions, safety, loneliness, work, home, death, things people do to us, and all the other things that can cause worry. In placing our trust in Christ we are "obtaining as the outcome of our faith the salvation of our souls".

This ultimate victory is assured on the basis of Christ's finished work. We don't have to wait to celebrate the victory; He wants us to have assurance of our victory right here and now.

Peter, who had seen Jesus, wrote to second generation followers who had not seen Him but had a faith relationship like us: "Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory". Remember, Jesus came so that we "might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly"! (John 10:10).

Romans 8:37Paul, who also came to faith in Christ after His resurrection wrote: "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us". This is a great truth for every one of us. This absolutely reliable source informs us, "We win!" Paul is writing to the Roman believers and here in chapter eight he comes to a crescendo in his thought. The context of "all these things" includes just about all that can go wrong in life, most of which we have never experienced (Romans 8:35).

Every word in this verse is rich with meaning but let's consider just the phrase "more than conquerors". This actually translates a single Greek word "hupernikomen." This word is linguistically known as a "hapax legomenon", a term used for words that occur only once in a body of literature (in this case the New Testament). In fact it's so rare that it's possible that Paul devised it to express his thought. Brooksyne has told me on more than one occasion that I make up words as I preach so I can understand such a theory.

It is actually a combination of two more familiar words; "huper" from whence we get "hyper". It means “over, beyond, more than”. Nikao is where "Nike" gets its name. "Nikao" is often translated "overcome" and is found most frequently in Revelation. I like to compare translations and I suppose for this verse I'm most blessed by the rendering in the NASV which states "we overwhelmingly conquer". Now let that bless your soul today, fellow overcomer!

An overcomer is what we are, through Him who loves us, and today I urge you to drink deeply from the spiritual reservoir we have in Christ. Even in the midst of your present trial declare, "I am more than victorious through Him who loves me!"

Hide this truth deep in your heart. We may struggle at times, some more than others, but God's eternal Word declares that what really matters has already been taken care of. "We are (present tense) more than conquerors." Is Jesus Christ your Saviour and Lord today? Ultimately this is the only thing that matters in winning the one thing in life that really does matter.

I know how the story ends
We will be with You again, You're the One who saves
You're my Savior, my defense, so we don't have to be afraid
No more fear in life or death


Be encouraged today, Hebrews 3:13


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we recognize that we are overcomers because we are children of God. The battles we conquer and the ultimate victory we attain is wholly because of the power of Christ at work in us. We are more than conquerors through Jesus who loves us and gave His life for our sins. Thank you for the inexhaustible supply of Your grace, power, and provision for our salvation and the ensuing battles of daily life. Amen.



Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"You've Already Won"  Watch on YouTube   Shane & Shane

"I Am Persuaded (We Are More Than Conquerors)"  Watch on YouTube   Maranatha! Singers





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