At some point in life, we will all come eyeball to glaring eyeball with our darkest fears, trauma, temptations, bullies, injustices, and lies from the pit of hell itself. A physical cancer, a toxic relationship, a job we love while hating the price tag, an unrelenting addiction, a paralyzing memory, a spinning web of lies within our heads–they all desire to proclaim victory over our bodies and souls. At the pinnacle of desperation however, we are extended the opportunity to choose–will we continue to surrender in defeat and death day after day or will we remember the power of Christ and who we are in Him?
I’m no stranger to any of this.
Come what may, I’ve made my choice and it’s my Lord and Savior Jesus. No one and no thing except for Jesus, hold victory over the desperate places in life whether in our distant past or in the here and now. In spite of the chaos circling and taunting us–they will find total defeat. Our ears, minds, and hearts can then become deafened to the world and in tune with the Living Hope leading us instead.
Some won’t like it.
Some will mock and some will slander but it won’t be us they belittle, but Christ within us. He’s no stranger to that. In His darkest hours, he knew victory over the grave was certain–and victory is certain also for those who believe and live in the Lord Jesus Christ now. Does this mean the slapping waves of this life will cease in yours or mine? No, it means we will experience what walking among the waves feels like–towards Jesus. Life’s distractions and burdens will become like gnats, diminishing in their effect upon us. The daily message of death and its sin will no longer sting–we will be free.
We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do the good works God prepared in advance for us to do, by God’s grace and through faith. So, let’s throw off these distractions and the sin that so easily entangles us and run this race marked out for us. The season is now. So, please ignore the pile of clutter on my path, because–I’m going for it and I’m not looking back unless it will encourage you while we run together.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–
not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
“…thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know
that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
I Corinthians 15:57 & 58