Have you ever felt as though you are fighting an uphill battle when trying to accomplish something or just in life in general? Have any of you ever felt like throwing in the towel because it just feels impossible?
If we are honest, probably all of us have been there at one point or another. Slow progress, closed doors, setbacks, and even discouragement from other people can truly make continuing on seem next to impossible, or reaching a goal we are working towards seem unattainable. We grow weary, and the temptation to accept defeat lurks in our mind.
Here’s the thing, the very possibility of defeat, suggests the presence of something that hinders us from reaching an ideal. Sin perhaps? If you and I are born again Christians, we are no longer under the captivity of sin, and no longer have to live in defeat. Not to sin or anything else. In fact, I believe that God expects us to grab hold of and pursue the victory that we can now have because of His amazing grace.
Sure, it will still require hard work on our parts, but that’s just life.
Which means, the ball is in our court and we have to decide to do what it takes to live in victory. It’s no longer a question of “Is it possible?” but rather “Will I have the follow through and faith to reach out and seize the victory I can now have?”.
Romans chapter 8 is such an excellent chapter; I’d recommend reading it if you haven’t already, and if you have, maybe read it again. Here are few of those verses that I’d like to note:
8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.
3:31- 32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also freely give us all things?
8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”
The choice is ours, and its one that we have to make on a daily basis. Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful (and that I personally need to remember):
- Accountability. Ultimately, we are all accountable to God, but often times it can help to have a flesh and blood accountability partner. Whether it is a parent, spouse, sibling, mentor, or really close friend, choose someone and see if they will keep your feet to the fire especially when you have goals your are trying to reach.
- Positive Encouragement. Surrounding ourselves with people who are likeminded (in the things that really count) and who will encourage and build us up can be a REALLY big game changer. Anyone who has had the experience of being around that negative person who discourages you in what you are trying to accomplish knows what a real drag it can be emotionally and spiritually. I’m not saying avoid those kinds of people, just seek out the positive and encouraging ones.
- Pray. Pray. Pray. Annnnnndddd pray some more. Tell God what you are struggling with, ask Him for help in staying true to the course you’ve set out on. Can you possibly think of anything we could do to better help ourselves then to go to our Father in heaven for help? If you only use one of the things from this list PLEASE use this one!
Will we choose to daily live in victory or allow ourselves to succumb to defeat?
I choose victory.
What will you choose?