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Your Life Has Purpose

You Matter Here.pngA question I find myself asking is: How am I being an example for Christ? In other words, is my life showing others the love of God? Does my life even make a positive difference in the lives of others? Does any one else ever ponder questions like these in their own lives?

For me, sometimes I wonder how I can even make an impact on the world when hard things happen all the time and so many people are hurting. Then, here’s me in the midst of it all, and I am one of those people who are hurting. It hurts to hurt. How can wounded people help others who are wounded? The pain can make you want to find the quickest way out. The times in my life when I have felt this way are times when I am the most self-centered. I forget that I am not the only one who is hurting.

If I claim to have strength in Christ, then the same power that raised Him to life is in me now through the Holy Spirit. Despite that, why is it still so easy for me to just want to stop trying? Why is it so hard to motivate myself to get up and try again? Why is it so easy for me to just stay down and give up? Who else out there has questions like these running through their heads?

Here’s the truth, deep down I know that I don’t want to give up. I want to fight not only because I am called to be more like Christ and Christ doesn’t give up, but also because I want to fight for the cause and sake of others who are suffering and who need comfort, encouragement, and help. I believe there is such thing as wounded healers: people who have been hurt, but who let God use it for good by sharing their story and hopefully inspiring another to keep fighting. We all need God to help us to keep fighting. We can’t give up when others need Christ. For us to show Christ to others we need to stay in Christ, abiding in Him, the True Vine (John 15). And that is the only way we can ever be strong – is in Christ!

Without Christ we would all completely fall apart. I pray that in Christ we would realize our lives have value and a purpose. We were made to live for so much more than we could ever imagine. God’s got a plan, and He knows what He is doing. Let’s live to be examples for Christ despite the difficulties! We all have it in us to make a difference.

 

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Leave it to God

30188259972041329_K6SXCVKj_cIn this broken world, I am surrounded. I have no chance against. I do not know what to do or where to go. If I run, it will follow; if I hide, it will find me; if I attack, I will lose. It far outnumbers me.

Fears, lies, doubts, negativity, worry – this evil is surrounding me and I am lost. Where is my escape…

Whenever you feel like you are losing in this battle, my prayer for you is that you will realize you cannot do this alone. God is our strength, and He will protect us.

What’s even better than that is He will actually fight for us! He is always on our side, and when He is on our side, who can stand against us? (see Romans 8:31)

“…for we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are focused upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)

The battle is not always going to be ours to fight. When we leave it up to God, He will win all our battles!


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Preparing for Battle

Truth Sets us FreeLife is a constant battle. Each day we may be up against some kind of adversity. The good news is God doesn’t just leave us to fight our battles on our own. In fact, the final battle has already been won through the death and resurrection of Christ. But this doesn’t mean that now we can just do whatever we want. Yes, Jesus gave us victory, but we are still called to serve Him. We are called to fight! (see Ephesians 6:10-13) And God does not expect us to go out onto the battlefield without a weapon. If we are defenseless what help is that in fighting for His Kingdom? God gives us weapons. It’s up to us to use them.

How did Jesus defeat Satan? He defeated Satan with the Truth. I am referring to the passage in Luke 4:1-13 where Satan is tempting Jesus. Jesus used the Word of God to defend Himself against those attacks. For every lie Satan threw at Jesus, Jesus defeated it with Truth from God’s Word.

 

How did Jesus win? – Using the Word of God

What is in the Word of God? – Love

What does love do? – Casts out all fear

Who causes fear? – Satan

Who defeats Satan? – JESUS

 

When we abide in God’s Word we will know the Truth, and the Truth will set us free (see John 8:31-32). In Christ, through the Word of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit we can break every chain the devil has against us!


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Overcoming Evil with Good

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Romans 12:21 has become one of my favorite bible verses because I like to take the word evil and replace it with actual evils that come up in my own life and actual truths about how I can overcome them.

For instance I like to look at it this way
do not be overcome with fear, but overcome fear with courage,
overcome worry with trust,
overcome guilt with forgiveness,
overcome doubt with confidence,
overcome failure with grace,
overcome lies with truth,
and most importantly do not be overcome by Satan, but overcome Satan (who is all lies) with JESUS CHRIST (who is all TRUTH!)

I have to remind myself constantly. I do not have to be afraid of “evil” (doubt, worry, selfishness, fear, stress, failure, etc.) anymore when God says He has already overcome it. I do not have to feel that all my mistakes make me unworthy and not good enough, because God sent Christ who conquered all that with courage, trust, forgiveness, confidence, grace, and truth!

God always wins His battles – We need Him on our side to fight against the devil. This battle is crazy, and so many times we’re going to get knocked down, but when we learn to trust and rely on God’s strength then we can beat back the lies of the devil! God wins every battle! God is faithful and will protect us and give us strength against every evil we will ever face! (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Together, I know we can get through this because Jesus defeated sin, death, and hell so our problems will be easy for Him to take care of!