Encouragement from my own life experiences with mental illness, among other things. I hope to remind you that we are all precious to God, that none of us is ever forgotten or forsaken, and that truly all things in our lives are "worked together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes." (Rom. 8:28) I also hope to remind folks that God can and wants to be your Friend. And He does, indeed, still speak to His children.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
walking in a victory mindset
"When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory!"
As I lay in
bed, this refrain kept crowding out the other hymns I was trying to sing in my
mind – wandering over top of other lyrics and musical patterns. At first I was frustrated, but then I
realized God was trying to show me something here.
I have no
doubt the day we are called Home will be like no other – when our Joy is made
complete and we are face to face with GOD.
But the question came to me:
Shouldn’t we walk around in this
mindset all the time?
is already ours – won decisively on
the cross some 2000 years ago! Yes,
though we suffer but for a little while (in the grand scheme of things), we can
still choose to walk in glory and live consciously aware that we are now of the
LIGHT! No longer of this world, but
purchased and redeemed by the blood, we are saved and our future is entirely
loves to hurl every kind of junk at us that he can while we are here because he
wants us to be utterly and entirely miserable. He is strong and very manipulative, and he is
incredibly determined for us to walk around in the most defeated mentality he
can ascribe to us. But we do NOT have to
live that way – regardless of what tools he may use against us, what horrendous
and awful things he may do to us, he cannot take away what we do not willfully
surrender. We can CHOOSE to hold fast to
our Joy in Christ – and we ought to do just that.
No, it is
not easy – it is not the natural state of affairs. It is much easier to give in to the
temptation to be depressed and to loathe circumstances, to be angry with God
over situations in our lives that are well beyond anything we could begin to
understand. Please know that I am not suggesting that any
of those emotional responses are unreasonable, but I am saying that we have a
choice in the matter. And God will give
us the power to maintain our peace and our joy in the midst of even the worst
of situations if we will choose to turn to Him and seek His Presence in the
midst. And He will give us the capacity to
keep seeking – it is not a once and for all deliverance from struggles. It is a constant and continuous practice of
intentionally choosing joy, peace, trust and faith over despair and bitterness
or anger or resentment and depression and all the other traps of the enemy.
We have every reason to rejoice here
even in the midst of trials,
whatever form they may take,
because we know our future is BRIGHT
– brighter than we can even imagine –
and can never be stolen from us!
ceases to amaze me – here’s a little victory chant he wrote for me… I am not a
cheerleader LOL – but I think it gets the point across J
Oh, boy – the things He calls me to!!!