I experienced what I feel is a SPIRITUAL VICTORY in my life, and I wanted to share it with my GFBC family! I’m sharing it as I spell out the word VICTORY ….
Some of my family members had a misunderstanding with other family members which resulted in hurt feelings, tears, and division within the family.
Thoughts kept coming into my head saying, “Maybe I’m the cause of the misunderstanding. Maybe I caused the division in my family. Maybe I should stay away!” Then I remembered the Word of God teaching me that the enemy seeks to divide, destroy, devour. Hmmm, could this be an attack from the enemy?
Stay Alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8
Cries to God for help …
I cried out in my insecurity and feelings of hopelessness to God and asked Him to give me wisdom. “Lord, I don’t know top from bottom, or right from wrong! Please help me discern Your way and Your will,” I prayed.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. ~ 1Peter 5:7
God tells me to rest and to trust Him. I sleep … I awake worried several times but each time I pray again. I whisper the name of Jesus into the darkness of the night …. Finally, I rest!
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. ~ 1 Peter 5:6
When I awake I have a song going through my head. My spirit sings and I’ve awaken a new person. I am feeling strength … God’s strength! I am able to think clearly. A new plan comes to my mind. Not a plan of separating myself from my family. Instead, I desire to seek peace with my family members. God has answered my prayers.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
I make a phone call to a family member. We talk through the conflict and we make plans to meet together with another family member to talk more later in the week. This was such a “God-moment” as I realized what could have happened to my family relationship if I had listened to those first thoughts of staying away. What joy I feel as I realize that God is mending the most important relationship I have here on earth – my family relationships!
Yes, God’s promises are true! Yes, Jesus does not forsake us in the conflicts of life! Yes, He is faithful!
Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS! Do not be afraid and do not panic before your enemy. For the LORD your God will PERSONALLY go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deut. 31:6
Thank You, Father, for being close to the brokenhearted. Thank You for never leaving us nor forsaking us. You draw near to us when we cry out to You. Teach us to wait on you because we know Your way is best. Thank you for VICTORY … in our home, in our relationships with others, and in our relationship with You.