In the battle
I remember years ago sitting on the toilet, feeling battle weary (in a spiritual sense), feeling like there was this unrelenting push to make me give up on God.
But then I lifted my head and read this scripture that I had put on the wall a few weeks earlier…
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 NKJV
As I spoke those words out aloud, I felt the fight of faith rise. Nothing was going to separate me from the love of God.
The Passion Translation says it this way …
Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything.
So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us – no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! Romans 8:37-39 TPT
What happens when you speak this truth out into the atmosphere? For me I can sense courage and boldness rise up and it reminds me of the power of God. The power of His victory.
That same sense of courage and victory rises up when I declare this scripture too …
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] – To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). Ephesians 3:20-21 AMPC
This scripture reminds me that while there is an enemy that is trying to get us to give up on God, God has an amazing future for each of us. We need to not lose sight of that and continually choose to stick with Him.
With God’s power at work in us the possibilities are … just as the scripture says, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams.
Let’s think about that for a moment. What is the highest prayer you have ever prayed? What is the biggest dream that you have? What does infinitely beyond those look like? Can you see it? Can you see it for your life?
The Passion Translation says …
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. Ephesians 3:20 TPT
It comes down to that action again, that I often find myself thinking and writing about ….. TRUST! Trusting that God is here and He is working all things together for good, even when we can’t see it.
Recently I have started re-reading Joel Osteen’s book, I declare – 31 Promises to speak over your life. Each day has a story and a declaration. It has been good for my soul to read about waiting and victories. You may think that sounds odd given all we have been through as a family. But the reality is, there is normally always something going on in all our lives that requires waiting for the victory, and sometimes it gets a little wearying.
Here is one of the declarations I read this week from his book …..
“I declare that God has a great plan for my life. He is directing my steps. And even though I may not always understand how, I know that my situation is not a surprise to God. He will work out every detail to my advantage. In His perfect timing, everything will turn out right. This is my declaration.”
So if you are feeling like you are in the battle right now, get armed with God’s word, and declare His truth into your future. Choose to trust God today. He loves you and will not forsake you.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8:37-39 The Message