Victory is Yours! 

  
God is interested in renewing us and making all things new. He is in the business of redemption; not just in the one time act of sending his son Jesus, but in continuously working to redeem every area of our lives. To redeem means to buy back what’s been lost or stolen. 

What’s been lost or stolen in your life? Where have you been used, abused? Where do you need God to redeem you? 

As these things flood your mind, turn and thank Jesus for the victory he wants to bring you in those places. And give him praise that according to his word in Romans 8:37, “despite all these things, overwhelming victory is yours through Christ, who loved you.”

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All Things Work Together 

  
As I listened to a conference playlist this past week to prepare for a conference I attended over the weekend, I skipped past some of the songs that felt old & done in my mind. Those that seemed less shiny compared to the newer currently more popular worship tunes. It was during one such song at the event that God met me. As I sang, “You work all things together for my good” it was as if a reel started playing in my mind and he said..

Remember that time that happened — I’m going to work it for your good.

Remember that time they said that… That time they did that–I’m going to work every word, all of it, for your good…

And I wept as I heard him assure me with each memory reminder — all of it, all of it, will be turned around for my good. Like he was checking each one off as he went along.

And the same is true for you. His word gives this promise, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”(Romans 8:28)

You can bank on it! He is faithful.

From Loyalty to Destiny

Friendships and key relationships can have a huge impact on our lives. We often can’t see in the moment where a relationship or a decision regarding one may lead us down the road.

One great example of this from the Bible is the story of Naomi and Ruth. Ruth was Naomi’s daughter-in-law who was determined to return back to Naomi’s homeland, Bethlehem, with Naomi; rather than stay in Moab where she was from, after both of their husbands and Naomi’s other son passed away. As the two women arrived in Bethlehem, everyone ran out to greet and welcome Naomi back. As they called out to her by name, she corrected them and told them to call her Mara, which means bitter, rather than Naomi. This request shows Naomi was in a pretty dark place. Despite the sadness of the situation and of her mother in law, Ruth remained faithful. She set out to work to bring in food, and just happened to end up working in a field that belonged to one of Naomi’s relatives, Boaz. Being a relative provided him an opportunity to marry Ruth and serve as a kinsmen redeemer, which gave the women the ability to maintain their land, be provided for and protected. Ruth acted on Naomi’s advice to bring this to Boaz’s attention, and he acted on it and took her as his wife.

After marrying, Ruth and Boaz had a son, who was placed in Naomi’s arms to be raised as her own look after her in her old age. That son’s name was Obed, the Father of Jesse, the Father of David, in the line of Christ.

One relationship lead Ruth to her destiny and provided healing and hope for Naomi. One decision to stay loyal through thick and thin kept Ruth on track for God’s plan to unfold.

Just as this story is a great example for us in our relationships, it is also an example of God’s faithfulness to us. Just as he brought beauty of the ashes of this story, He is faithful to redeem our hurts and bring us out of our darkness into light, just as it says in Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

Remember God is faithful to complete what He begins! Stay the course, stay connected, stay faithful to those God has placed in your life and allow your story to unfold in a way that brings God glory!!