Brenda Groves

The other day my hubby was flipping through the channels when he landed on the movie “Cast Away.” It was at the very beginning, and both of us had already seen it several times so I was only mildly interested. 

But there are some intense scenes, especially when the plane crashes into the ocean, and the Tom Hanks character barely survives and ends up stranded on a deserted island. 

As I watched these scenes unfolding, I found myself a bit anxious for him, but then I was reminded that he gets rescued a few years later. Suddenly it occurred to me, what if the character knew that? 

I mean, what if somehow he knew the end of the script so to speak, how would his attitude change in light of this knowledge. 

Instead of depression and extreme loneliness setting in, he might actually find a way to enjoy the experience. Maybe even choose to see his surroundings as a tropical paradise for the relatively short time he would be there. 

Then I began to think about our time here on this Earth, living in a fallen world certainly has its challenges, heartaches and opportunities to be depressed. 

But as a born-again Christian I have no doubt where I will spend eternity and who I will spend it with. 

I am learning to draw upon the supernatural resources that our Heavenly Father gave us to overcome because “He has delivered us from this present evil world” in the spirit. The main thing we have been delivered from is self. “It’s all about me, I feel like I am here, alone and fearful what will happen to me, or my family.” 

Without Jesus in my life, those fears would be real. 

But we are not on some God forsaken island somewhere. 

If you know Jesus, you are never alone. Jesus said that He will never leave you or forsake (abandon) you. 

If we choose, we can draw upon the gifts that the Holy Spirit deposited in our born-again spirit. 

“Love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, self control and faith.” 

Jesus did not walk around sorrowful; the Bible records that Jesus told His disciples (students) “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11 

So we are already full of joy. 

Like I’ve said before, I don’t always feel like rejoicing, but I just cannot go by my feelings, emotions or current circumstances. 

We are not orphans here; God Almighty resides on the inside of us. He gave us dominion over this “island,” and we need to explore the gifts of the Holy Spirit to overcome the evil in this world. 

Along with our deliverance He also gave us the gifts of healing, miracles, signs and wonders, if we believe. That is a criteria that we believe. 

I do believe according to God’s word that everything we will ever need in this life has already been purchased, provided and made available 24/7 if we know His word, accept it and act on it. 

We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus in this world. 

You know, this might offend some people, but the Bible says that God lives inside us so literally everywhere we walk is holy ground. 

So believers in Christ have an advantage. We know how it ends. And we are not being rescued like the movie character, because the Bible says that God will never “cast us away.” 

The rapture is not a rescue mission; it’s actually a pick up for a wedding date. The church (the redeemed of the Lord) are the bride of Christ. 

Since our spirits are already seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, and since Christ Jesus lives in me, then I can choose to be with Him in paradise at all times. 

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” 

(Gal. 1:4, 5:22-23, 2:20; Heb. 2:4, 13:5; John 14:18-24; Mark 16:17-18; Eph. 1:3; Romans 8:37; 1 Cor. 6:19, 8:11) 

Contact Brenda Groves at ads@alvinsun.net 

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