What would you say if I told you that God created your enemies? Not just that coworker that gets on your nerves, or that family member that alway brings up who you used to be, I mean the spirit, the driving force behind whatever opposition you may face today. Is it truly possible that a God as great as ours…would create a storm, a spiritual attack, a stronghold….that could take us out? Yep. If He didn’t create it Himself, He allowed it to be created. Everything you have, everything that's tried to defeat you, and everything that'll ever exist was made by Him, through Him, and for Him. Therefore, it was made...for your victory.
Romans 8 has a very….triumphant tone. It’s easily one of the most popular chapters of the Bible. Quite a few faves are found here. Some of my faves aren’t really “traditional” faves though (I’m a little different lol). For example….
I love a good honest conversation with God. You know, one without all the thrills & fancy words that we use in church. Sometimes, a quick, simple "JESUS THIS ISN'T MAKING SENSE" really blesses my little soul. Why? Well, don’t judge me, but sometimes, “Father, I come before you right now to just say blah blah blah” doesn’t fully express my current level of frustration and/or confusion with whatever is happening in my life at that time. I don’t know about you, but every now & again, I need to scream at Jesus. We’re not the first though, somebody else screamed at God when they didn’t understand what was happening around them. Don’t believe me? Keep reading….
Random fact: I LOVE the book of Isaiah. To me, it’s a book that reminds you who God is, and that since nothing can take Him down, nothing can keep you down. Every time that I go through it, I find something new, and flat out amazing. What’d I find this time? Glad you asked! Let’s talk about…memories….and hands. Ready? So am I….
Random fact: I love ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. It’s one of my favorite shows. I also have quite a few friends that love that show, so we have to talk about it at least once a week, right?! RIGHT! (lol) Most of my friends are ridiculously busy (seriously, we all need help lol), so there are quite a few instances in which somebody will text me about the show, I won’t know what they’re talking about, or vice versa. Typically, if we find out somebody hasn’t seen the heart attack that is a Shonda Rhimes show, we leave it alone, & simply say ‘let me know when you watch it’, because we don’t want to spoil the show for them. Hoooooowever, if it’s something that we just NEED to talk about, we request permission for a spoiler alert. When I say ‘spoiler alert’, that’s my way of telling you that I’m about to tell you how the episode ends (or reveal some climatic point) before you see it for yourself. I’m going to give you the result before you realize there’s a problem. Typically, we don’t like spoiler alerts because we want to watch the story unfold and take it all it. However, today, I think I’ve got one that you’ll be glad to know….
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I want you imagine that you’re heading to work (or school, or wherever you go for your daily activities). All is well, until…it isn’t. You run into terrible, TERRIBLE, Austin/Houston levels (that’s terrible squared) levels of traffic. Do you automatically decide that you’re never going to make it to work? Do you call in & quit because you believe that you will never make it through this section of the freeway? Do you turn around & go home? Most of y’all probably said no, and began to think that I was insane for thinking you’d quit your job because you hit traffic on the freeway. Why on earth would you do that, right? You may be late, but you’ll get there. You may have to reorganize some things, but you’ll get there. You may even have to exit the freeway and take a couple of back roads, but you’ll get there. Well, since we’re all in agreement that it’s senseless to quit your job due to traffic, why are we so ready to give up God’s promise when storms come in our lives? I think I know the answer to that question: we confuse our location with our destination.
At my core, I’m a fighter. If I had to describe myself down with one word, it’d be ‘fighter’. If there’s one thing that I’ve had to learn in my short time here on Earth, it’s how to fight. Now, this is interesting to me, because I’ve never been in a fist fight (or physical fight in any sense, actually) a day in my life. I almost got in a fight in the second grade (why? NO idea lol), but a teacher stopped us before either one of us could swing. I got in trouble after that attempt to fight, and decided I would never do it again (hahaha). I do, however, like to fight with my words. I love debating (especially when the person knows what they’re talking about). Why? I believe in the power of words. I know how they can be used to build people up, and tear people down. I’ve used them to build myself up, and at times, I’ve torn myself down. Now, I try to avoid randomly pouncing on people that don’t know who they’re dealing with, so I’ll give ‘warnings’ to inform that I will only go there if they lead the way (lol). My two faves: 1) “you’re messing with a heavyweight”; 2) “don’t start none, won’t be none”. For those of you that may not be familiar with the second phrase (and are wondering why I used such incorrect grammar in a title lol), that phrase essentially means that if you don’t start a problem or altercation, we won’t have a problem/altercation. In order to be effective with statements like that, you have to either deal with super scary people, or be confident in your ability to win. That’s what we’re going to chat about this week, because while a lot of us have that attitude/confidence towards our natural battles, we need it for our spiritual battles as well (I’m even in the Word, saints!! lol).
Words from the Author
At the end of the day, these posts are the thoughts that run through my mind. These are the lessons I've learned. The doors that I've walked through. The path I've chosen. This is part of what it means to be me. Hopefully, it'll help you be...you. Let's grow together, kay?
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