Encouragement and Victory
Is there ever a day that goes by that you feel DISCOURAGED, DEFEATED, or UNSUCCESSFUL? Maybe you've tried really hard to make something work, and it wouldn't. Maybe you just felt that you didn't do all that God wanted you to do one day, week, or even a whole month. Could it be that you feel that you are doing your best on Sunday's in the classroom and you just don't see much fruit? Maybe it doesn't seem that God is answering your prayers. Whatever it might be, know that we all experience these feelings, BUT we don't HAVE to stay there. We need to consistently work at renewing our mind so that we can bring God the most glory. How do we begin to feel ENCOURAGED, VICTORIOUS, and SUCCESSFUL so that we can be effective Christians 24/7? Let's look at what God tells us in His living Word....
1. ENCOURAGEMENT comes when we spend time with God. Philippians 4:8 states, "Finally, brethren whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy--meditate on these things." I have found that if I am feeling
discouraged, I quickly become encouraged when I spend some time in prayer and/or in God's Word. My attitude and my perspective shifts from thinking about self to thinking about others and all that God has done for me.
2. VICTORY is from Christ alone and comes by our faith in Him. 1 Corinthians 15:57 states, "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 John 5:4-5 state, "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?"
3. SUCCESS comes from meditating in God's Word day and night. Joshua 1:8-9 state, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." If we are doing what God has called us to do, then we are accomplishing our aim and purpose as Christians. How can we know if we are doing what He has called us to do if we are not meditating in His Word? Abide in Him and He will abide in us. Seek Him and we will find Him. Let us not try to find SUCCESS in our own strength. May we daily seek His face so that we will be able to hear His voice. The sheep KNOW His voice.
Let us be encouraged! Let us find our victory in Christ today! Let us seek the Lord so that in His strength and wisdom we will be successful! Amen.