We are into the second month of my Lead From Within programme and the ladies on it are already seeing results! There is something powerful about making a quality decision to act on your dreams and goals especially when you pool your experiences and resources together with other people on a similar journey. The bible even has something to say about this with the verse that says that while one can put a thousand to flight, doubling that number increases the number of enemies a child of God can deal with exponentially. Yes, in spiritual mathematics, two plus two can make five.
A couple of weeks ago, my family got some news that drove my sister and I to our knees. Instead of wasting precious time asking why, we quickly realized that only God’s intervention could turn the situation around and that therefore He was our only hope. So we devised a prayer strategy and began to pray. We are still praying, but I know that we are not in this alone, because our turning to God was an invitation to Him to come on the scene and nothing ever stays the same when Almighty God steps in.
There is nothing that reminds us of our dependency on God as much as a situation where we are helpless to do anything but pray. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where there seems to be nowhere else to turn to for deliverance but to God? Have you felt helpless and inadequate to deal with circumstances that arise seemingly out of nowhere? If we are not careful we can choose to focus on what is happening instead of seeing the golden opportunity to dive deeper into God’s presence and discover treasures that we never knew existed. We discover a strength we didn’t know we had and godly connections we didn’t have before are made.
Paul discovered this in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 when he faced some real life threatening challenge that caused he and his companions to despair of life. This is what Paul had to say about the situation:
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety. (NLT)
I am convinced that one of the reasons God allows His children to go through tough times is so that they will stop depending on themselves and start depending on Him. We are too independent by far and it is foolhardy to ever think we can accomplish anything of worth on our won. I heard a quote recently that said something to the tune of ‘the end of oneself is the beginning of God’. How exciting! Just when we think we have exhausted all the options and there is nothing left to try, Almighty God steps in! Can you imagine an elephant stepping into your living room? Everyone has to stop and take notice. You can’t not notice that elephant in that confined space (and yes I know that double negatives are not grammatically correct). God is so much bigger than the biggest elephant. And He is the Lord of the breakthrough. God’s names are not just descriptive of what He does, they depict who He is. Who He is does not change from day to day. When He steps into a situation, He steps in as who He is: Deliverer, Healer, Provider, Protector, Counselor, Savior, etc. (you can even have a name for every day of the year).
And so I want to leave you with this last thought. Sometimes all you need in order to win the game is to stay in the game. The moment you quit, you have lost. But as long as you stay in the game, you have every chance of winning. And in the Christian life, those odds are more than a thousand to one that you will win because the score at the end of game has already been settled. Jesus won. So we get to win with Him and take the trophy away.
So whatever it takes, don’t quit. Keep playing, even if all that means is that you keep reaching for the ball. Keep doing what you know to do; keep trusting the Father; keep seeking Him; keep believing that the best is yet to come. Don’t get hung up about who seems to be winning at half time, because the game is not over until the whistle blows. And since God is the referee and He is on your side, He is not going to blow the whistle until you have the advantage point.
You were born to win!
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