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Victory through Christ

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“Count on My coming. Know that whenever faith brings Me on the scene, everything is changed. Darkness is turned to light. Grief is turned to joy. Sickness to health. Poverty to My sufficient supply. Doubt to faith. Anxiety to trust.” – Frances J. Roberts

I have been really struggling with an issue we are having in our extended family. I got some more unsettling news this week. It seems like the bad blows just keep on coming. It has really gotten me down this week. When I was reading “Come Away My Beloved” by Frances J. Roberts I was reminded of something very important.

1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ gives us the victory over the troubles in this life, even if that victory doesn’t come in the form we are hoping for. When things seem to be going wrong, it is easy to be focused on our circumstances and forget we have a God who is sovereign. It is easy to try to do everything we can to handle the situation in our own strength and it is easy to be discouraged.

When we take our eyes off of the situation and put them on the Lord, we have an instant change in our perspective. Our circumstances may be the same, but we realize we have someone on our side fighting for what is best even if it isn’t what we want. When we turn to the Lord, we are reminded to put our faith and trust in Him. In the situation I am dealing with, I had been praying and seeking others to pray about it as well but wasn’t really feeling any peace.

The peace came yesterday when I realized the Lord loves all the people involved even more than I do and I needed to truly surrender the situation completely into His hands. He will lead and guide me on what He wants me to do and He will give me the wisdom I need. The other beautiful reminder came from the quote from Frances J. Roberts. When God shows up, anything can happen! My doubt has turned to faith and my anxiety into trust.

Whatever you are facing to day, remember the Lord will give you victory. His victory may look different than your victory would look, but His presence is unmistakable when we completely surrender. It is easy to doubt and feel anxiety. Surrender you doubt and anxiety to the Lord today and watch Him turn your doubt to faith and your anxiety to trust.

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Send Someone Else

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How often do we feel like we are ill equipped to do what the Lord calls us to do? We allow our own fear and doubt to prevent us from living the life God has for us. We forget that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.

Exodus 4:10-13

10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 

Often, when we think of Moses we think of the amazing man of God he was and he was. However, we tend to forget that he got off to a slow start. When Moses was called by the Lord to speak to Pharaoh and lead the people out of Egypt his response was one of hesitation. Moses immediately realized how ill equipped he was to do the job.

Moses allowed his fear and doubt of his own skills to prevent him from saying ‘yes’ to the Lord. How often do we do the same thing? We look at what we can do and the skills and talents we have and decide we fall short and cannot do what the Lord wants us to do.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

The Lord was very clear with Paul that His grace was sufficient and His power was perfected in Paul’s weakness. The same is true for us today. When the Lord calls us to do something, He will equip us to do it. He doesn’t ask us to do things we can do on our own because He wants us to depend upon Him and His power working in and through us.

What has the Lord asked you to do? What is preventing you from moving forward? Don’t allow your fear and doubt to prevent you from following the Lord. His grace is sufficient for whatever you face and He works through our weaknesses. Don’t allow the Lord to send someone else to do what He wants you to do. Be obedient and receive the blessings He has for you today!

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