This question has been on my mind. And if anyone else has any godly insight to share, feel free to.
OK, the question is, if we are more than conquerors, why do we act so defeated?
A lot of times when I think about my life, I don’t feel victorious. When things aren’t going my way, I don’t really feel like a winner. I don’t feel like more than a conqueror. But, why is that?
Everyday can’t be a winner (can it?), but why do so many days feel like we’ve lost before we have even started?
I think that I simply forget how successful I am in Christ. If every day I reminded myself that as a Child of God I have already won, it would be a lot easier to feel like a winner. And if I didn’t feel like one, it still wouldn’t matter because it wouldn’t change the fact that it’s true.
We get too into our feelings. As Eric Thomas has said, behind your feelings is nothing. And he is so right. At the end of the day, how I feel matters minutely compared to anything else. I don’t always feel like loving, but that doesn’t mean I should stop showing love. I don’t feel like working, but that certainly doesn’t mean that I should stop.
If you don’t feel like more than a conqueror or at least a conqueror, then have you reminded yourself who you are? And to know who you are, you have to know Whose you are. And if you are God’s, you are more than a conqueror. You are a conqueror and then some. And if you don’t feel like it, conquer anyway.
Romans 8:37 (NIV)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Embracing Changes for Good in Relationships: T.I.C.S.
Relationships are important. Relationships are good (Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). And even though they are important and good, there are still times when we don’t want to embrace the new things that come with them. Is it fear? Do we not want to change? Is it the fear of change? Tonight, we will discuss a few components that have to take place in true relationships.
- Trust – “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”—Stephen Covey
- Why is it hard to trust?
- Trust equals vulnerability, we don’t like to be vulnerable.
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6: If your trust is in the Lord, He will give you the ability to wisely trust others.
- Identity – “The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.”—Richard Grant
- We don’t like to change who we are, no matter how much we need to, but why?
- Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:14-16 – I am a child of God.
- Your most important part of your identity never changes.
- You don’t know who you are until you know Whose you are. —Ronnie Williams
- Compromise – “Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.”—Paul Kagame
- Why not compromise?
- I have to give of myself and trust you will do the same (thus leaving me vulnerable) …
- Read Philippians 2:3-4: Show others that they matter.
Note: John 14:15: Compromise anywhere you can, but certainly not your beliefs.
- Sacrifice – “The most sublime act is to set another before you.” —William Blake
- We don’t like or want to give up anything (especially if we don’t like to compromise).
- Read John 15:13 – If giving up my life is great love, why can’t I give up my time, money, pride, etc.?
How can we cope with change?
Reprogram from society’s thinking: Have to v. Get to Mindset
- We get to grow in these areas.
Question of the Day: If we struggle with these changes, and we are meant to be agents of change what are the steps that we are taking to build relationships with those in our communities who will struggle with the same things?
Beauty and the Beast – The transition of a flourishing relationship when one learns to trust, compromise, and sacrifice to become a better person.
I believe in a conference for young ladies that focuses on the following aspects of being a Daughter of God. It’s not only for Christian women, but I do believe our true identity can only be found in God, therefore to separate the two, for me, is practically impossible.
I pray about this vision and I ask for your prayers as well. As with all ideas that are good, they are nothing more than good ideas without any production. And without God’s vision for them, they aren’t even that.
To my shame, I had forgotten my identity. I’m not talking about who I am physically. I’m talking about who I really am. I forgot I was an heiress.
It’s easy to forget somehow, that I’m an heiress. I’m not just any heiress either. I’m an heiress to heavenly riches. No economic decline, no recession or depression can change that. Yet, I forgot.
Romans 8:15-17 (NLT)
So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family–calling him “Father, dear Father.” For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures–for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
In my prayers, I had been coming to God like I was begging Him for something. I begged as if that was going to make my request louder. It was as if I thought He would get to me sooner or something.
It’s sad to think that I felt so down and out that I thought I needed to beg my Heavenly Father for something. Let it be known, God will not give us anything just because we begged Him for it. He’s going to give something because He loves you. And thankfully, His love won’t allow Him to give anything that’s not His best for you.
Are you begging for what’s already yours?