Monday, January 28, 2013

I Win!


The name of the game is… “I win!” When our first daughter, Rachel, was big enough to understand games, we played many with her. Whoever gets to the bathroom first, wins. Whoever eats all their vegetables first, wins. On, and on we played. And we loved hearing her little voice yell, “I win!”

As she grew, she always made up ridiculous games with her younger sister and brother. We would listen to them playing, then referee when we heard Rachel yell, “I win!” and the younger ones start complaining…quite loudly!
But one “game” they all won was when each of them trusted Jesus as their Savior.

Life is definitely not a game. It’s also not to be taken lightly. But what many people don’t realize is that we really do win! 

We all have struggles in our lives. (Read Daniel chapter 3) But sometimes we get so caught up in the struggle that we forget that we are already winners and we allow the struggle to become a way of life for us. I did that. For years I suffered depression. I suffered anxiety and panic disorder. I also suffered under the hands of many oppressors because I just didn’t want confrontation and could not defend myself no matter what I did. I was always told I was wrong, or my ideas were stupid, or just basically that women couldn’t do THAT. It took a while, but eventually I began to question. Then I began to pull back. And then I began to read what the “Rule Book” said on what I was going through.

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. ~Romans 8:37 (NLT) [emphasis is mine]

Eventually, God took me by the hand and said, “Enough!” Therefore, I am here today as a healed, stand-before-you-boldly-unafraid-to-speak-up WINNER! 

You are a winner, too! If you know Jesus, you ARE a winner! You do NOT have to suffer anything in your life. You are truly someone who can boldly take a stand and say, “I do not have to suffer anymore!” Not everyone will like what you do, but you don't have to let them control you, or make you suffer. Instead, you pray for them and keep your distance.

Oswald Chambers once said, “At the risk of being thought fanatical, you must obey God.”

I must obey God. Whether I have support, agreement, or disagreement, I MUST obey God! And in that obedience, I will have and DO have victory over the things of life.   I WIN!


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