Take courage; I have overcome the world. – Jesus Christ
This is our perspective as the ecclesia. We are no longer captives of the world. We are no longer captives of the enemy’s schemes. We are no longer captives of our inherited fallen nature. We have been taken captive by the Overcomer of these things.
On a recent Sunday, a group of believers gathered in a home in Nashville, TN and discussed who Jesus is as our Counselor. I’ve visited counselors in life to find perspective on everything from depression to divorce. Only a few were very helpful. What made them helpful? They not only revealed underlying issues and unresolved conflicts, but they also brought to light new perspectives: new ways of looking at things that opened the door for healing. That’s our Counselor in action.
We’ve been given this new perspective: we have overcome the world by faith in the Overcomer (1 John 5:4). From this transformed mindset we can engage memories and thoughts and behaviors and abuses and hurts of all kinds and captivate them unto Jesus Christ.
He counsels us according to His will, therefore the perspective we have the opportunity to gain, is His very own. Talk about eyes to see and ears to hear.
I felt lead to rewrite a great speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not long ago. I shared it with the local ecclesia here. Its four pages long so I won’t post it all but would be glad to share it via email if you’d like. Let me know. Here’s a piece of what was shared:
There are those who ask the called out of Christ, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as believers remain victims of their past or present abuses. We can never be satisfied as long as members of the Body, heavy with unholy yokes and burdens, have not found refuge in the Strong Tower.
We cannot be satisfied as long as we are simply moving from enslavement to a slightly lesser enslavement never knowing the power of Christ to overcome. We can never be satisfied as long as the body’s members are void of fuller function and robbed of deeper relationships.
We cannot be satisfied as long as a sister or brother only occupies a seat in the House of God not truly believing in their ability to help build it. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until the power of Christ’s life rolls down like waters, and the fruits of the Kingdom like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of us have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of us have come fresh from more recent battles. And some of us have come from areas where our quest for freedom left us battered by the winds of life’s storms and the waves of the enemy of our souls. You have been the veterans of creative suffering.
Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to the moments, go back to the hurts, go back to the memories, go back to the people, go back to the heartache and confront those things that now haunt you, declaring that Jesus Christ rules and reigns over these things. Know that He is changing things.
Let the Lord be your Counselor. Let your life, unified with brothers and sisters functioning in Christ’s freedom, be a declaration of this new perspective: we’ve been captivated by the Overcomer of the world. That is the truest of freedoms!
The Body has a responsibility to creatively and actively find ways to point each other toward the King. In doing so, we counsel our brothers and sisters in Jesus’ name. Are you overcoming the world?