affliction and victory

This new year held such promise on December 31, 2016. It hadn’t been messed with or taken out of the box. It was full of hope, dreams, plans, anything was possible. Now, as we near the end of the second week of January, I wonder if we still feel the same. There have already been losses– jobs, break ups, and deaths experienced by dear ones and I wonder what else will come in the days ahead.

Even with all of this, I am not surprised. We know that this world is not perfect. Many of us bear the scars, the stronger muscles, the wrinkles and gray hairs that come from afflictions and troubles.

Scripture tells us again and again that we will have troubles and problems, afflictions, and battles on this side of Heaven. The decision comes with how we choose to respond to it.

~We can choose to whine, fuss, and demand to have things “our way.” But, there is only one person who can be in charge– we cannot to have multiple kings, it only brings chaos.

~We can choose to face it with false piety and a self-imposed martyrdom. This perspective grows old quickly and no one wants to be around it for long.

~Then comes the best way, I believe, to face it. With humility, honesty, and grace. We will only be able to claim victory if we go forward with Christ ahead, beside, and behind us. Let me say that again, we will only be able to claim victory if we go forward with Christ ahead, beside, and behind us.

Jesus is my King. I am asking Him to be in charge of my days and my nights. Without Him I cannot face the troubles that will surely come my way. Because of Him I can face trials and struggles.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4). 

In other words, Best Beloved, my Faith muscles will grow stronger, I will learn that I can endure, I will see Jesus as Who I need first, last, and always. I will conquer the afflictions I face because through Him I can do all things (Philippians 4:13).

Romans 8:37 says it best, No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Rend Collective has a fabulous song that describes this perspective and I hope these words encourage you, too, Dear One.

When my hope and strength is gone
You’re the one who calls me on
You are the life
You are the fight
That’s in my soul

Oh, Your resurrection power
Burns like fire in my heart
When waters rise
I lift my eyes
Up to Your throne

We are more than conquerors, through Christ
You have overcome this world, this life
We will not bow to sin or to shame
We are defiant in Your name
You are the fire that cannot be tamed
You are the power in our veins
Our Lord, our God, our Conqueror

I will sing into the night
Christ is risen and on high
Greater is He
Living in me
Than in the world

No surrender, no retreat
We are free and we’re redeemed
We will declare
Over despair
You are the hope

We are more than conquerors, through Christ
You have overcome this world, this life
We will not bow to sin or to shame
We are defiant in Your name
You are the fire that cannot be tamed
You are the power in our veins
Our Lord, our God, our Conqueror

Nothing is impossible
Every chain is breakable
With You, we are victorious
You are stronger than our hearts
You are greater than the dark
With You, we are victorious
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We are more than conquerors, through Christ
You have overcome this world, this life
We will not bow to sin or to shame
We are defiant in Your name
You are the fire that cannot be tamed
You are the power in our veins
Our Lord, our God

We are more than conquerors, through Christ
You have overcome this world, this life
We will not bow to sin or to shame
We are defiant in Your name
You are the fire that cannot be tamed
You are the power in our veins
Our Lord, our God, our Conqueror

“More than Conquerors” ~ Rend Collective
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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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