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He has already given you the victory…

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed impossible to overcome?

Just like this poor squirrel after Tennessee’s “500 year flood,” failure becomes easier to accept as we lose hope in the possibility of succeeding.

Here recently, I’ve been reading in Joshua.  Over and over again, I’ve read the same words that God says to Joshua.  Here’s the background though… Basically, Joshua is the new leader of the people of Israel since Moses died.  It’s up to Joshua–under God’s guidance, of course–to lead the people into the promised land.  The promised land, though, is being ruled by kings of different nations that don’t believe in God.  In order to enter and live in the land that God promised them, the people of Israel have to fight these different kings and nations.  Despite how impossible it appears for the little people of Israel to defeat these established nations all joined together for the sole purpose of destroying them, God tells Joshua, “Do not be afraid for I have already delivered them into your hands.”

Does this mean that bad things will never happen to us when we are being “the best Christian?”  No, not at all.  The fact that we live in a world full of sin is what causes bad things to happen to us; therefore, don’t ever use your state/degree of troubles as a measurement of how pleased God is with you.  Instead, see every hardship as an opportunity to hear Him say, “Face this struggle with all of My strength because I have already given you the victory.”

Like the squirrel in the previous picture, stand up and face the obstacle that seems impossible.  Remember that faith in God even the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).  With God, you can do all things because He is the one that gives you strength (Philippians 4:13).

“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your week knees, and make straight paths for your feet.”

Hebrews 11:12

So whenever you find yourself in a situation that seems impossible, have faith!  Remember that God is with you and that He is whispering in your ear, “Do not be afraid for I have already given you the victory…”

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Living Radically while in Exile-Jeremiah 29

Today I feel as though I’m in exile.

Do you ever feel this way?  Do you ever just look around you and ask yourself, “What in the world am I doing here?  God, why have you put me here?”  I live in a life that I’ve made for myself, wrapped up in cute clothes, a sorority house, the perfect pathway to success, and I hate it, absolutely hate it.  I have changed so much of the way that I live.  My family doesn’t even understand it, and they tell me, “You are too radical.  Don’t be so heavenly bound that you are no earthly good.”

But, God.

God comes and reminds me of Jeremiah 29.  He reminds me that He placed His people in Babylon–the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations (Rev 17:5)–for a purpose, but He comforts them in Jeremiah 29:4-14 by saying,

“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.  Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage…multiply there and do not decrease.  But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare…Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream…When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill my promise and bring you back to this place.

“For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give  you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations where I have driven you, and I will bring you back to the place from which I have sent you into exile.”

I see the hope that He has given me, and I cannot contain myself.  I have to live radically.  I’m bound to heaven, and I’m convinced that living this way will be more earthly good than just floating along culture’s mainstream way of living.

Today I realize that I’m in exile, but I see that God is greater.  God is always good, and God is always greater.

Prayer for My Organic Chemistry Professor

Yesterday, I was sitting in my Organic Chemistry class.  The teacher walked into the classroom–her first time to walk in for the past week and a half.  Everyone waited apprehensively, each one praying that our upcoming test coming would be rescheduled due to her absence.  Some may have wondered why she had been gone; however, most, including myself, were more concerned with the approaching threat of an all-nighter and way too many cups of coffee in order to stay up late and learn the material.

My teacher did reschedule the test, but my excitement didn’t last much longer.  My teacher had something else to say.  She told us that she had been missing class because of her terminal illness.  She said that all she had ever hoped for was to live until she was fifty.  Her fiftieth birthday was only 2 weeks away, she said, and though she was being seen by four different doctors, she doubted that she would make it until then.

I was shocked.  I couldn’t even focus during class.  The guilt of having been more concerned with my “impending doom” in the form of an organic chem test rather than the reason why my teacher had been absent hit me.  For the rest of the day, I felt the weight of that guilt laying on my shoulders.

God taught me a lesson through this, though.  He taught me the importance of faith, hope, and love.

Check back for a post about each one of these: faith, hope, and love.  For now, though, say a prayer for my Organic Chemistry teacher.  Thanks so much for your continued support, and remember that even in all of this darkness that envelops us, Christ is our light to the world.  He is the assurance of the hope we have, the reason for the joy that we receive, and the purpose for which we should live our lives.

For now, we can rest in knowing the truth in 1 John 3:20, “God is greater than our worried hearts, and he knows everything.”

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,

Sarah