By Lucia M. Claborn
Are you ever tempted to give up in the heat of battle? Sure, you are! We (including me) have all wanted to quit at some point in time because life’s situations just got too hard, we could see no way out, no help on the horizon, and thought it better to find a cypress tree and have a pity party for ourselves.
However, you need to know that God didn’t draw you to Himself and anoint you with the power of the Holy Spirit to be a quitter! He made you to be a winner, more than an over-comer, in every area of your life.
You may have never been told that before, so I get the wonderful pleasure of telling you now: God created you to triumph! In the Amplified Bible we read in 2 Corinthians 2:14a. “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory].” And in the Message Bible it reads, “In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade…”
No matter what life’s situation is that you’re facing and need to conquer, you must make a decision that you are never going to give in or give up! This is exactly what the devil wants you to do: give up and quit! Don’t give him the satisfaction of beating you! One key to victory is continuing to do the right thing with the right attitude and refusing to quit.
When we become a born again Christian, God gives us the authority to whip the devil every time! Ephesians 1:19 tells us about this power, “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.”
I would like to encourage you to not let the pain of the past keep you from enjoying your today. Your dreams of the future have no place for the failures of the past. Be determined to put the past behind you, as you can not change one thing back there. Press on into your future. the new beginning God has planned for you. Although right now is not the first of the year when we would normally be making all of our new goals and commitments, today is the first day of the rest of your life. No one else can be determined for you, so you must continually remind yourself to let go of the past and go on into the new things of your future.
I love the following quote by Winston Churchill and keep it on my refrigerator to remind me how good my future is going to be. “I have no fear of the future. Let us go forward into its mysteries, let us tear aside the veils which hide it from our eyes and let us move onward with confidence and courage.”
When you decide to turn your back on the devil and humble yourself before the Lord, He will lift you up and make your life valuable, wonderful and worth living each and every day.
When you are discouraged and about to give up, God wants you to know that He’s there to help you. “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” Galatians 6:9
Remember that it’s not how you start life’s journey that’s important, it’s how you finish. You have not failed until you stop trying, so don’t give up and give in to the enemy’s plan for your life. God created you to triumph in all things.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 4:17, “As it is written, I have made (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”
For years, I’ve taken God’s Word and personalized it with my name as well as my husband’s and children’s names and spoke it forth with authority calling those things which weren’t as though they are only to watch situations line up with God’s plan for our life! When we learn who we are in Christ, and the awesome power our words have, we can easily change our negative words to positive, faith-filled confessions and change our world to have heaven on earth.
If you were like me when I began my journey with Jesus, I didn’t know who I was in Christ or even what that statement meant! Today I have a better understanding of who I am in Christ, so here are some Bible verses that I have learned to stand on to help me believe who I am in Christ. I simply insert my name or my children’s names and say, “I’m (or my children’s names) is/has (then confess the following):
Above and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:13)
Apple of God’s eye. (Deuteronomy 32:10)
Abundantly provided for. (Ephesians 3:20)
Abundant life. (John 10:10)
Abounding in all things. (2 Peter 1:3)
Accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
Anointed. (Isaiah 61:1)
Access to God. (Romans 5:2)
Authority. (Luke 10:19)
Abounds in faith. (Colossians 2:7)