...we all want that quick fix... and we want it NOW! ... For the pain to be taken away... for things to be easy...without any blood, sweat and tears.
- Freedom from an addiction or habit
- Healing from a physical/psychological sickness or ailment
- Solution to Financial problems
- Marriage problems instantly cured
- A Restored Relationship
- Overcoming a stronghold or mindset that you've believed most your life
- God's Truth to Transform our lives
...Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way ...Fortunately, it does work that way.
Victories come. Breakthroughs come. But they take TIME, FAITH, PERSEVERANCE and DILIGENCE! They take molding. Us moving a step forward in the process of becoming more like Christ. If they didn't take these things, it wouldn't stick. We wouldn't learn from the experience. We couldn't share and help others with our stories. We would not live differently.
We've all received victory and breakthroughs in life... we just have to recognize them (big or small). It may not be the one you want at this moment, but don't down play its importance... CELEBRATE IT!
I've overcome depression's hold over me. I've overcome my lack of faith in God's love and acceptance for me. I've overcome doubt, selfishness and negativity in my marriage. I've overcome the way I view money and the need or want for it - Instead, I trust in His provisions.
It took time, trial, perseverance, faith and diligence! It took me learning how to REFOCUS - on the right thing (the root of the issue, what God's word says about it, and what He is teaching me); instead of the wrong thing (the issue, the circumstance, my feelings about it ).
Was it easy? NO way.
Was it completely worth it? Absolutely.
While some of these things still try and creep back into my life, I recognize their falsehood because I have already battled for that freedom. I take the lies and thoughts about them captive (2 Cor 10:5) and live by what I know (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28)... God's Truth. It is the only truth we have and we must cling to it. Our lives depend on it!
What do I want to go away RIGHT NOW? My son's behavioral issues and my response to it, my feelings of failure as a mom, my love for food and its comfort, my fixation with body image and weight. What do I KNOW? That they will in His timing. My God is bigger and has a plan. Looking at my past victories, I can see that they were a learning process I HAD to go through. Now being on the other side of these things, I'm so thankful for the experience. I lean on this in times of trial and know that I know that I know that God will bring me victory in this area in His timing and with my obedience.
I must, however, not focus on the victory, because it will come when I'm not expecting it and will look different than what I picture.
So... what do you want to overcome or to go away at this very moment?
What are you doing to work towards that goal?
What are you focusing on? The victory (what you picture it to look like)? Or what God is teaching you right now through it?
Isaiah 55:9 The heavens are higher than the earth. And my ways are higher than your ways. My thoughts are higher than your thoughts.
Eph 3:20 God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.