INTRO- THERE IS NO LOSS
Many have gone through what they view as great losses in the last few years, especially in the area of the economy. There have been loss of jobs, businesses, homes, land and dreams! I’ve come to tell you that no matter what your circumstance, as a Christian founded on the principles of God and with a life hidden with Christ, THERE IS NO LOSS!
THERE IS AN ENEMY
For the Christian, we look beyond natural circumstances. We know that in addition to the ebbs and flows of life and the things that just happen, there is a God and there is a devil and they are at war. The devil from the beginning has been trying to stop God and stop his plan. While it may seem like an ancient truth and while it may be an ancient truth it is still the truth and not a lie! There’s no question there is a God and there is a devil and there is a war over you! The good news is that when we stay rooted and grounded in the love of God and the foundations of Jesus Christ, no matter what things look like in the present circumstance, the reality is THERE IS NO LOSS!
THE TEMPORAL LOSS IN RAMAH
When Jesus was born the women of Ramah suffered what looked like a great loss. Herod had all the children under the age of 2 killed. Of course they were grieving. I’m not here to minimize the grief those that lose children suffer. There’s a time for grief. Any loss brings grief. It could be death, divorce, loss of business, loss of relationships, etc. Any loss brings grief, however the loss of loved ones is probably the greatest grief a person could bear, especially the loss of a child. Whatever the cause of grief, there is a time to grieve but there’s a time to get up and start again. There’s a time to laugh again!
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18 “ A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more. (Message Bible)
Their loss was real but in light of eternity and in light of the long haul, THERE WAS NO LOSS!
THE FAILURE OF HEROD'S EVIL PLAN
Herod was jealous when he heard that the expected Messiah had come on the scene. He feared loss of position and set out to kill every child under the age of two thinking he would destroy the Holy Child.
He succeeded in taking away their natural life but he did not succeed in what he set out to do.
The devil has always sought to kill the plan of God!
That's the reason the devil tries to destroy nations.
That’s the reason for the Holocaust, the reason for the slaying in Ramah
That’s the reason for the betrayal of Judas that led to the capture of Jesus.
That’s the reason for the cross.
That’s the reason there is a devil that attacks the child of God!
That's the reason for abortion: As I address this area of great controversy, this is the facts that need to be faced because we have a nation of grieving women. Many would like to say these women walk away and don't blink an eye but that's a lie of the devil. For those who have done this, there is forgiveness in God but for the babies, they are alive and THERE IS NO LOSS!
I believe in this nation we will see an end to Roe v Wade, which is a plan of the devil to bring destruction, death, grief and sorrow to this nation!
The spiritual person knows for certain there is a devil and that devil is out to destroy you and everything about you.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The devil is jealous of God and his goal is to stop the plan of God and exalt himself!
FAT CHANCE! HA HA!
THE GOOD NEWS- THERE IS NO LOSS
The good news is that there was a resurrection and that resurrection ensures restoration!
For the mothers in Ramah, they could be assured that although there was a loss of earthly relationship, their children lived on in the arms of God. Even aborted and miscarried babies live on in the arms of God. I don't have time or space to teach on that now but I can assure you from the Word of God- THERE WAS NO LOSS!
For Jesus; God wisely protected him from Herod’s plot and the very child the devil sought out to destroy became the very child that destroyed the works of the devil. THERE WAS NO LOSS
For us, God promises that though we fall seven times we get back up. God promises to restore many times over what the devil stole. THERE WAS NO LOSS
INCREASE: God is ever increasing and we are ever increasing in him! Although we are pruned we grow back stronger. Although we are shaken, only what is strong remains and we are rebuilt stronger. We can go through storms, loss of temporal things but God restores it all and always gives us more than before! We may lose loved ones but we are assured of restoration and reunion. In God, THERE IS NO LOSS!
THERE IS NO LOSS TO THE CHILD OF GOD WHOSE LIFE IS FOUNDED IN HIM!
THE DEVIL NEVER SUCCEEDS- HIS IMAGINATIONS ARE IN VAIN
The devil never succeeds and we never lose when our life is founded in Christ.
Let’s join God and mockingly laugh at the devil at his futile attempt to stop the child of God because in God,
THERE IS NO LOSS
Psalm 2: 1-8
1 Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:6 “Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
THIS IS WHY I LAUGH IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
I’M LAUGHING WITH GOD AND I’M ASKING FOR NATIONS AND FOR EVERYTHING HE’S PROMISED IN MY INHERITANCE. I’M LAUGHING BECAUSE I KNOW GOD HAS GREAT THINGS IN STORE FOR ME. I’M LAUGHING BECAUSE GOD IS ON MY SIDE AND WILL GIVE ME WHAT I ASK OF HIM, EVEN IF IT’S ENTIRE NATIONS! I’M LAUGHING BECAUSE IN HIM:
THERE IS NO LOSS!