1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
“It was as if God gave us a second chance,” Bo shared as he looked down in gratefulness. “God took the brokenness of our lives and our past and is making something beautiful!,” Van exclaimed as he looked at me with a wonderful resolve and deep, appreciative smile. He continued, “It is what Isaiah said in Isaiah 61:3, ‘beauty instead of ashes, we wear because of Christ’.” Nareth put it this way, “By the grace of God we can cope with our situation. We are still traumatized by the past. At first, it was very difficult for us, especially for my wife, since she lost all of her relatives. The new culture, language, society, even food shopping was hard to cope with. We’re rebuilding our lives by trusting God every step of the way.” Such is the reality of many Cambodians now living the United States of America, and these were statements from of my Cambodian friends who have experienced the miracle to overcome.
The truth is the Cambodian people have had much to overcome. From the Angkor kings of history, to the occupation of Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and the evil Khmer Rouge of the past, others have sought to extract the culture and honor of these amazing people. The Khmer Rouge alone killed off nearly 2 million people and caused many to flee. The US saw nearly 320,000 come to their borders seeking rescue and help. Over 150,000 found their new home in Long Beach, California, where I have had the honor to know them, hear their stories, and learn a great deal from them. What has been a great joy is to see them experience the life-changing miracle to overcome, for it is something that can teach all of us. Though most all still struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), and some still have not been able to get out of a victim cycle, many have experienced the miracle to overcome through faith in God.
They have found a new identity based on God.
Psalm 139:13-14 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
They believed God created them and life should be lived His way.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has
They understood that Jesus rescued them from a deeper plight, from sin’s sinister plot (see Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23) and through faith in that rescue, they are not only saved, but given the opportunity for a new life, life as God had originally designed (see 1 John 4:9-10).
This faith in Jesus brought new life and a desire to stay in community brought great encouragement.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
John 13:34 A new commandment I (Jesus) give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
These amazing Cambodian followers of Jesus chose to place their trust in God to seek Him, and to live and love like Him.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 22:37-39 And He (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The miracle to overcome is very evident in many Cambodians. They are great examples to me as they continue to put their faith in Jesus, stay tight in community, and trust God immensely. Maybe there is something for you as well?
Psalms 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Maybe the miracle to overcome is just what you need. Why not follow my Cambodian friends’ example?
Church can be great place to learn about the miracle to overcome. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches (we do have a Khmer/Cambodian branch). Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net.
Seeking to overcome along with you,