Continuing with this topic of Persevere for the month of December, you must understand that no matter how challenging things get, you are never defeated. What has God promised you? What does God's word concerning the present obstacle in your life?
Defeat- to overcome in a contest, election, battle, etc.; prevail over; vanquish:
We can trust that God is going to take care of us because we are his children. One of m favorite songs is "The Anthem." Some of the lyrics: "Hallelujah, you have won the victory. Hallelujah, you have won it all for me." We are in a battle/war where we are guaranteed victors. You have to understand the position that you are in as a child of God, which is that you always come out with the win. Think about every competition that you have ever been in. How would you feel if every time you competed you know that you would have a guaranteed victory? You would maybe walk with more confidence. There would be no room for doubt. Even when it became hard, you would keep going because you knew that in the end you would win. Do we look at life's challenges that way? We can persevere when we know that we are not striving after a lost cause. The enemy tries to blind you from the truth of God's word. He wants you to believe that there is failure ahead, which is a lie.
Truth: 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
In these versus, we see Paul describe the resilience, the tenacity, the durability, and vitality of the believer. In versus 8 and 9, we see the weakness of our flesh versus the strength that remains because of Christ. Have you ever felt like there was trouble on every side? Have you ever felt perplexed by various matters? Have you ever felt persecuted? Have you ever felt cast down? Maybe you feel like this right now. I want to encourage you to persevere. It does not matter how difficult things may become, God is with you. God is the Alpha and Omega, so although situations maybe a surprise to you, it is never a surprise to him. God has a plan, and if you could just seek his face, he can help you navigate through your life. Then, verse 10 deals with the fact that we will always win because of Christ.
Christmas: The Greatest Gift
We have to remember the greatest gift in Christ. I am thankful for the Christmas season. It typically brings out the best in people. Although, sometimes the focus can turn away from Christ and family to shopping. However, you have to always acknowledge Christ who came to this world to sacrifice his life for humankind. Referencing back to the song that I mentioned earlier, we have to remember that we can win because of what Christ has made available to us. The price that we deserved for sin was death, but Christ sacrificed his life for us to live victoriously on earth from the stain of sin and meet him in peace for life eternally.
I want to encourage you this Christmas Eve to persevere. No matter what is going on in your life or someone dear to your heart, you will come out victoriously with Christ. It is not over for you. It is not time to stop praying. Instead, you must believe more, pray more, expect more, and trust God more. You are more powerful than you realize. Unlock the greatness in you by applying what God says concerning your life. PERSEVERE!