I was 23 years old in the Spring of 1997. I had big hair… and bangs. Oh dear. Lots of bangs. And big dreams. I had lots of those too. College graduation was on the horizon and wedding plans were in the mix, and if there was ever a time I looked at the world through rose colored glasses, this was it. Oh, there had been distractions, detours, and delays leading up to this day, to be sure. But so many of my directional challenges and “what next” questions were finally being answered, and my days were filled with positivity and excitement as I prepared to launch into life’s next big season.
It sort of felt like I had “arrived” to the edge of my own little Promised Land, if you know what I mean.
But if I could have spied into the landscape ahead, I would have spotted more giants lying in the waiting.
Life’s like that, isn’t it?
As much as we hope for our “arrival” in this world, it never comes. There are constant ebbs and flows, ups and downs, the transitioning of seasons… and there will always be some kind of battle to fight – either internal or external – until we see Jesus face to face. Like the Israelites, we often give in to sinful distractions and detours, our emotions respond to the extremities, and we get so entrenched in and overwhelmed by the giants that surround us that we forget to claim all that God has already given us in Christ Jesus in the here and now.
But in Joshua Chapter 2, the Israelite spies take the victory stance:
And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.” – Joshua 2:24
They were standing on the edge, knowing they were about to enter the battle of their lives. But they made a choice. They claimed VICTORY in the Lord BEFORE the battle had even begun.
Are you ready for this game changer?
As a child of the living God – the chosen and adopted daughter of the One who has all authority in heaven and on Earth – you can decide right now that you are going to be okay.
What if we don’t have to merely “survive” from trial to trial or from emotion to emotion.
What if we were proactive instead of reactive?
Confident instead of defeated.
Joy-filled instead of grumbling.
Prepared instead of petrified.
Expectant instead of exasperated.
How different could our lives look if we actually trained ourselves to remember, rehearse, and constantly reapply the truth of WHO GOD IS in every situation, so that we are consistently operating from a position of VICTORY instead of defeat.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” – 2 Peter 1:3-4
That was the life verse that my husband and I chose during premarital counseling back in 1997, and little did we know how many times over the next twenty-two years we would need to preach those words back to our battle-worn hearts:
His divine power has given us everything we need…
Everything for life, yes… but also everything we need to come out of the fire looking more like Him.
Through our knowledge of Him.
He’s a good, good Father. We must get into the Word and remember who He is and what He has already done.
He has given us His very great and precious promises.
Let’s start calling out and standing on His promises like we mean business (if you need a few reminders, this study is a good place to start).
Today, what if we lived like we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us… because that’s who we are (Romans 8:37)?
So let’s do this, ladies.
Victory cries ready.
With the power of God behind us, let’s live like overcomers today.
At His feet,
*Let’s talk: What’s one truth from God’s Word that you can apply to your battle today? Let’s encourage each other in the comments!
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