Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Knowing God - John 10:10

I did another V for VICTORY.
So let's call this different ... which is completely different than yesterday's ... a bonus ...
NOV 16
Your Name is VICTORY
Lord, you are resurrection and life. Resurrect whatever is dying within me
and give me victory over whatever I need to escape from today.
What do you need to escape from? What victory do you crave? Pray for it!
I have come that they may have life,
and have it more abundantly.
John 10:10
Do you recognize this verse?!
Indeed, do you hunger for a life that is more and more abundant?
Absolutely. And Jesus wants to give this to you. In fact, he wants to call this gift, "Victory!"
But the first step to victory is remembering the first part of this verse. Few of us remember that John 10:10 begins: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly."
Victory always comes in only one way: By defeating something.
Jesus' point is clear. There is an enemy. He is prowling. Evil is as ravenous as a lion and hungry as a wolf. Maybe darkness -- from outside or within -- is what you need to overcome.
Maybe your trials and temptations are different.
For example, busyness always has its hooks in me. Escaping that trap is always freeing. But its fingers are long and clutches are strong.
Jesus wants to bless you. And he wants to call it victory. The first step is naming what you must defeat. The second step is developing a plan to march forward. The third step is to pray, knowing that you need an ally who will march beside you.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who wants a trophy for his mantle
because I've won a big victory  

Step 1: What must I defeat? 
**Life. Grief. Despair. Depression. (the thief has been busy in my life in recent months.)
Step 2: Developing a plan to march forward.  
**All previous plans have been failures.  What will work? I don't know.
Step 3: Pray for an ally ... 
**does that really work? not so far.

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