Grace to Overcome

I have found that as I continue to walk with the Lord, the battles in my life have become easier to confront and overcome.

It’s not because I’m all that or have attained to some super Christian level of spirituality…

And it’s not because the battles themselves have somehow become less challenging, less ugly or less difficult.

It is simply because I have come to know the Lord more intimately.

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He has become greater in my life, larger, more trustworthy. Not that He wasn’t great or worthy of my trust before, it’s just that as we have walked out this life together (God & I), He has proven Himself faithful over and over and over again.

He has taught me how to seek Him, how to pray and how to listen. He encourages me in the word with special scriptures that speak directly to me and to my needs. He confirms those words in a myriad of creative ways: through songs, through friends, through a stranger’s kind words…

He strengthens me with His precious Holy Spirit who is my constant help and guide.

He has set me free from fears, condemnation and confusion. He blesses me with the ability to get free from sins, from bad and destructive habits, as well as negative mindsets and beliefs.

I no longer wonder if God will help me, forgive me or reject me— His truth in these areas has set me free!

I am grounded in the foundation of His all-encompassing, extravagant and unconditional love. If God is for me, then who or what can possibly be against me? (Romans 8:31)

God has given you the means to victory– it is through faith in the power & the blood of Jesus Christ.

Walk with Him everyday and you will overcome every obstacle, hindrance and sin that tries to hold you down:

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.” 1 John 5:4

Blessings! 

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In Christ Alone

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” 2 Peter 1:2 NASB

 As we spend time with God, we come to know Him. As we learn from the Lord and walk with Him, we come to trust Him. In trusting Him, we find our peace.

 Our security is based on the promise that God loves us and cares for us. He takes care of us (Matthew 6:26-34). We are His, so we should not be afraid.

 These simple words were written by a man with first-hand knowledge of Jesus’ teachings and His ways. Peter had come to know the Lord in intimate detail through friendship & discipleship. He walked with Jesus, ministered alongside of Him, listened, studied, prayed & obeyed. Peter learned God’s ways through trial, error, correction, forgiveness and repentance. He went from walking on water at Jesus’ command to denying any association with the Lord when he became fearful for his life. In the end, Peter became a powerful witness of the love & mercy of Christ.

 This is the kind of relationship we should be seeking with the Lord. It’s the product of prayer, worship and time spent in His word. It’s formed in times of quiet reflection, in difficult circumstances, through trials and tests, in the face of temptations and through God-given victories. He has blessed us with His Holy Spirit to breathe life into the scriptures and to come along side of us and help us every single day of our lives. What a privilege, what an honor and joy to be so connected to our Creator- the lover of our souls.

 When all illusion of strength and material security is stripped away, all we have left is that which is hidden, that which is intangible. For the Christian, it is Christ, and He is more than enough.

 Rest in the peace that is found in God alone. Resist the temptation to be afraid– Your Heavenly Father loves you and He has your back.

 Blessings!

 “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him.  Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done.

“Don’t let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on men’s thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said.  For in Christ there is all of God in a human body; so you have everything when you have Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. He is the highest Ruler, with authority over every other power.” Colossians 2:6-10 The Living Bible

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Encouraging Word

Some encouraging words from Psalm 91 today:

“For the Lord says, “Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in my name.  When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him. 

I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation.” ~ Psalm 91:14-16 Living Bible

God is true to His word!

Blessings!

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