Another hurtful word. One more trial. Another affliction. It seems like it’s one thing after another. We don’t even have time to catch our breath. How do we handle the effects that constant battles can have on our lives? By constantly giving it to the only one who can help us: our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
As we release offenses, worries, concerns, or anything that lay heavy on our heart, to the Lord, we receive His provisions. We release despair and receive hope; fear and receive love; wrongdoings and receive forgiveness; worry and receive peace. It helps to visualize our releasing things into the Lord’s hands. Doing so helps us deal with the temptation to take things back into our hands.
We might have to release the same things more than once. Especially regarding people we love. Knowing God loves them even more than we do helps us trust His workings in their lives. Releasing ourselves into His hands matters most because it is inclusive of all that we carry. Our precious Lord loves us so much and waits for us to cast our cares upon Him, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
The way to beat defeat is to remember the victory we already have in Christ Jesus, our Lord, Savior, Deliverer, and King. Our faith in who Jesus is and what He has conquered enables us to overcome defeat. We are in a spiritual war, so whatever we battle needs to be fought in the spirit and by the Spirit of God. Through our faith in Christ, we are more than conquerors!
Some people feel defeated because they cannot conquer a weakness in their lives. The more they try, the more defeated they become. Others feel defeated because a goal they have been pursuing keeps coming to a stop. A relationship someone keeps believing will work out continues to break apart. Defeat brings condemnation, guilt and a haunting sense of failure.
We overcome by doing what the spirit of defeat doesn’t want us to do: yield to the empowerment of the Spirit of God and take another step of faith. The Holy Spirit releases a second wind, an ability to arise out of the ashes of failure. An anointing to give something another try or try a whole new thing. Reach for victory over a weakness, believing that in God, we are victorious, from glory to glory!
1 John 5:4-5 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
Members of the Body of Christ, the Church, unite in faith and in spirit. One body. One team. We are the branches; Jesus Christ is the vine. Every joint supply what benefits the whole. Everyone is valuable and believers expect the best from each other. Our connection matters, strengthens and empowers us in our walk.
Focusing on the Lord keeps us from paying attention to the other branches. Our place is to consider our own fruitfulness, not judge the lack we assume in others. To deprecate ourselves or others assaults the grace of God. We do not cut any branch down but uphold and exhort those in need. We do not pick at other branches but pick from them. United, we stand!
When in transition or transformation, we might sense a separation from other branches. A feeling of loneliness and disconnection. This might lead us to stay away from others, but that is when we are to reach for a closer union, starting with the Lord. It’s in Him we live and have our being; we remain strong in faith, hope, and love, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:16 “… whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supply, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”