Posts Tagged ‘overcoming’

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You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?” (Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ NLT)

According to statisticbrain.com, of all persons that set New Year’s resolutions, only 8% are successful at achieving them, 49% have infrequent success, and 24% never accomplish a single one. Wow! And 1 out of 4 are done with them after the first week! By now, 1/3 of resolution setters that hit the gym, cut back spending, and attempted to stop a bad habit have given up and are back to their old ways that they didn’t like beforehand.

No matter what the endeavor, good things require hard work and sacrifice. A better marriage, healthier body, and a powerful spiritual life require for diligence on our part to keep doing the things that we know we are supposed to be doing. Then when those stumbling moments come and we question the “effort vs reward” factor, we must keep choosing “effort”, knowing it is worth it!

What is keeping you from a healthier body, stronger esteem, wealthier wallet, more intimate marriage, or a dynamic spiritual life? Ask God to help you conquer these or any other goal worth pursuing. Then when you stumble, and you will, He is there to pick you up and keep you going! You are loved today! Keep at it!

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All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.” (Matthew‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ NLT)

Dalits are the lowest of the low in the Hindu caste system, often mistreated and discriminated against, and Kalpana Saroj vowed to overcome it. In spite of severe poverty and an attempted hit on her life by a jealous local mafia, Saroj wound up becoming a highly successful businesswoman and a multimillionaire.

The road to success often passes through valleys of great difficulty. In our text, 42 generations committed to the trek from nomadic homelessness to deported slavery to ushering in the savior of the world. By surviving the harshest parts of life, each of those names listed in Jesus’ family line are the overcoming heroes of mankind!

As you are wrapping up this year and about to embark on a new one, resolve the challenges you currently face as a season of growth. These seasons will always come and go. But keep in mind that God will always guide you through it, even leading you into the better places of His plan for your life! Keep it up, hero! You are loved!

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God has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬ NLT)

On April 15, 2013, James Costello was cheering near the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded, severely burning his arms and legs and sending shrapnel into his flesh. During the months of surgery and rehabilitation that followed, Mr. Costello developed a relationship with one of his nurses, Krista D’Agostino, and they soon became engaged. “I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy,” he wrote on Facebook. “It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.”

Many things we encounter in life rarely makes sense until later. Sometimes, however, hindsight still doesn’t bring answers. That’s when trust comes in. God allows things to happen for a purpose, which is the scavenger hunt of life: trying to make sense of it all.

When life doesn’t make sense, hang in there. Answers come in God’s time. And for those things we don’t understand, just keep living. God will work it all out for your good (Romans 8:28)! You are loved today!

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Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus, but Peter had to stay outside the gate.” (John‬ ‭18‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)

On April 25, 1994, an F2 tornado ripped through DeSoto, TX, just south of Dallas. It escalated into an F4 as it slammed into neighboring Lancaster, leaving 3 dead and lives devastated. As part of the Salvation Army first responders, I remember watching people pick through the rubble of their destroyed homes in stunned disbelief. To watch a torn soul stare for hours at a bare slab where their home used to be is completely haunting.

As Jesus was being led away, the Disciples followed at a distance. While it’s easy to say they were cowards, the truth is that their world was being rocked. Although Jesus had told them this was the way, they couldn’t believe it. “The Way” looked to them like a complete failure of eternal proportions. What were they to do now?

When you don’t know what to do, stand firm. Sometimes our world needs rocking to clean up what we wouldn’t take care of earlier. In the midst of the rubble, you will find a new, better life waiting! Don’t worry, God’s way ALWAYS leads to better places! You are loved today! Be at peace!

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So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. ” (Romans‬ ‭7‬:‭25‬ NLT)

Former Luzerne County (Pennsylvania) Judge Mark Ciavarella was found guilty on felony corruption charges. The 61-year-old judge is heading to federal prison for 28 years for an apparent prison kick-back scheme and possible tax evasion of over $1,000,000. Who would’ve thought it…

Apparently the Apostle Paul did. He knew what was right and wanted to do it. But even with good intentions, he also knew the power of temptation and how prone we all are to fall for it. Desire does not always translate to obedience, especially when we want to do the things we’re not supposed to!

As you walk your spiritual journey, understand that anytime you are in charge, you will always blow it. We know to do right, yet we often fail by faulty willpower. It then requires us to be dependent on God to help us say “No!” because we cannot on our own. Give God the chance to help you be strong, especially where you fail the worst! You are loved to overcome today!

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.” (Hebrews 12:12 NKJV)

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Phillipe is rebuilding his life. “Being an infantry soldier you are on the front,” he said. “I got hit with a lot of IEDs. Got hit with an RPG. Lot of fire fights.” Phillipe suffered a spine injury, a traumatic brain injury, and lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His mentor helping him transition to civilian life through a wounded warrior program helped him find Ozarks Hydrographics in Nixa, MO, that is helping him learn a trade and get back to living.

While this verse actually speaks of the wounding from being corrected spiritually, it also applies to the wounds from living. There is a time to be still, repent, learn, and heal. But afterwards, life has got to happen again. We were never meant to live life from the sidelines, no matter what put us there. God’s desire is to be strengthened again and return back to the fight of living!

In you beats the heart of a warrior. We all get battle-weary and wounded. Take heart in knowing you’re not alone! But find that place of healing in God’s presence and enter life again! You were made to fight for the winning side! You are loved to live!
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When the lord your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and occupy, he will clear away many nations ahead of you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.” (Deuteronomy 7:1 NLT)

Dream killers are people who constantly shoot down your aspirations with harsh negativity. When some people can’t see themselves reaching for the stars, they can’t, or rather don’t, want to see you reaching them as well. The sad thing is that some of the dream killers in your life don’t really offer words of “wisdom” with malice, but see themselves as just being “realistic.”

God had given Israel a dream, their own Promise Land. Their enemies were the “ites”, all the folks there before them that threatened to kill the dream. God was empowering His people to overcome their dream killers so that they could take hold of their dreams.

What stands in the way of your God-given dream? Let the Lord strengthen and encourage your faith to overcome those things or people. When God has a plan for you, He will see it through! You are loved today!

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