Victory or Defeat

This week’s motto in our KidsLife lesson was, “To Play on God’s Team, I Shouldn’t Quit When Times Get Tough.” And this lesson was for children 🙂. In my devotions this week, I’m studying the power of the Holy Spirit… and I got to thinking… Why is it that Christians walk around in defeat? I’m not talking about a bad day or even a bad season, but a constant attitude of defeat. I believe that the reason we oftentimes walk around in defeat is that we are not plugged into or don’t accept or don’t realize the power that we have in the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit. Yes, we say, “I love Jesus” and sing, “Jesus Loves Me!” We proclaim our love to God, the Father. But, what about Mr. 3rd part of the trinity, the Holy Spirit?? Like Paul says to Timothy, we “hold to a form of religion, but deny its power.” The power we have access to as a Christian is through the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 declares, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” at the time of salvation.

When we walk around constantly in defeat, aren’t we sending a message to unbelievers (and other believers) that Christ’s power isn’t enough? Do you not think that Jesus can get you through…

· Mourning a loved one?

  • Your financial crisis?
  • Conflicts in relationships?
  • Your struggling marriage?
  • Battling a disease?
  • Overcoming an addiction?
  • Your child’s time of rebellion?
  • Stresses of life?
  • (You fill in the blank)?

Sistas (and bruthas), read about the power that is in you as a believer:

2 Tim. 1:7, 1 Cor. 2:4, Micah 3:8, Matt. 10:1, Mark 6:7

Romans 5:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Whatever’s on your plate, rest assured that it’s not too big for God and He will bring victory (Rom. 8:28). In the meantime, choose JOY. Choose victory. Choose faith. I may not be happy about something in my life, but once I’ve entrusted it to my Father, I must rely on faith that He will move in that area in His time. James tells us to, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”

Finally, I leave you with a quote. I believe it applies to whatever He’s called you to; parenthood, marriage, ministry, family, career, even a season of trial…

“God never calls without enabling us. In other words, if he calls you to do something, he makes it possible for you to do it.”

-Luci Swindoll

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