A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
Be encouraged victory is not always won but comes as a gift from God…
“But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”” (Titus 3:4–7, NLT)
God knowing full well we would eventually go down in defeat has set us up for victory. “He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.” However, it is imperative that we understand what it means to be victorious by God’s understanding and not our or the worlds understanding. For example immediately following Jesus’ death on the cross the disciples thought they’d lost everything and spent three days living in defeat only to discover that what they understood as defeat actually opened up the doorway of victory.
Across the street from our house is a white birch tree that forms a giant V. I first discovered it at a very low point in my life when I experienced myself succumbing to defeat. I remember thinking how tired I was getting of “spinning my wheels and getting nowhere” and I was ready to quit fighting. Then one morning I was getting ready to go somewhere and walked out the front door and there it was A MESSAGE FROM GOD, “Victory would come through my relationship with Jesus and not my relationship with myself or any other worldly relationship.”
Since that day I’ve come to understand there are times when many of the victories we experience in life are not won but are God’s gift given us by the Holy Spirit. And I’ve also come to understand one of the best ways we can help ourselves or others experience God’s Victory is through the ministry of encouragement.
One last thought – every citizen of God’s Kingdom started out as a loser!
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NLT)
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”