Tuesday, October 6, 2015

it is time to claim our victory

The situations that we find ourselves in throughout life run the gamut from exciting to painful, from celebration to mourning, from mountain tops and deep valleys and all give us the opportunity to exercise the faith that God has given us.  Faith is not just a concept to understand but something to live out on a daily basis.

I know who wins.  And so you will know, I want as many people as possible to know they win too.  That means it is time to prepare to win.  It is time to see the battle and seize opportunities.

VICTORIES DON’T COME BY ACCIDENT, as Ms. Clare in the movie War Room said early in the movie.  We have to claim victories and plan for them.  It takes a strategy and believing in yourself or your team to help you win.

Too many of us are allowing our lives to be distracted, and some are even taking this so far as to be a distraction.  Do you hear me?  Remember what Satan’s job is and Jesus’ job.

John 10:10  NASB
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

We have been promised victory from the only one who really matters.  That would be our great and gracious God.  He is the first one to know our lives matter, and He gives us the opportunity to prove that fact every day.

Romans 8:37  NASB
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

If we want to be successful, if we want to live with meaning, we need to do things His way.  That is where faith becomes action, but do not think that is the act that saves us.  It is actually the actions that come from a life that is already saved.

How can we secure victory?  How can we make sue that our families, our churches, our businesses, our education, our teams are all success?  We can do things God’s way and believe what God says.

Joshua 1:7  NASB
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.

Psalm 34 is a powerful message about the goodness of God.  We learn that David penned these words at a time he was either celebrating or thinking about some military happening.  The 22 verses seem devotion or like He is journaling.

Each verse draws out the things that David has learned and believes about God.  We can and must do the same thing.  So we don’t forget what God has done we ought to write things down that help us remember the character of God and His goodness seen in our lives.

God showed up.  Right?  He showed up and showed off.  Remember?

Psalm 34:4-7  NLT
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.  Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.  In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.  For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Take refuge in Him.  Let victory come because you trust God. 

Another point in the movie War Room is that victories come only after surrender.  That is a spiritual happening.  As we surrender to God, God takes over.  That is when the winning begins.  That is where joy begins.  That is where God supplies and we share with others.

Psalm 34:8-10  NLT
Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!  Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need.  Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

I am ready for victory.  How about you?

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