We all want to live in victory as believers. The struggle is choosing to surrender to God's plan to victory instead of our own distorted plan. Today, we are going to unfold some verses that help us see how much action is involved with living by faith and walking in victory. Take time to read I Peter 5:6-11 and note all the action words that are used.
Actions for you to take:
1. ____________ yourself.
2. ___________ all on Him.
3. ______ self-controlled and alert.
4. ___________ him (the devil).
5. ___________ firm in the faith.
Actions God takes:
1. He will ___________ you up.
2. He _______ for you.
3. He ____________ you to His eternal glory.
4. He will ____________ you.
5. He will _____________ you __________________, _________________ and _______________.
6. He holds all _____________ forever and ever.
Now that you see your part and God’s part, let’s talk about how to deal with the devil. Notice he is mentioned right in the middle of our actions and God’s actions. Isn’t that just like an enemy? He tries to get in the middle of all that is going on and distract and destroy. Write down how the devil is described in I Peter 5:8:
1. He is ___________ enemy.
2. He is ______________ around constantly.
3. He is like a __________________ ________________.
4. He is always __________________.
5. He is set on ______________.
We have a real enemy, but we have a God who has a mighty hand to save us, sustain us, warn us and make us strong, firm and steadfast. Prayer as we go is a practiced and essential discipline. Encouragement and realness with other believers is a needed accountability. Time spent alone in the Word should be a non-negotiable. Think back to the bleeding woman. She is a vivid picture of knowing the necessity of getting to Jesus to be healed and set free. We need to touch Jesus just as bad as she did. Based on all you have learned or been reminded of this week, pour out your heart to God about the actions you need to take to live in victory by faith rather than defeated by fear!
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Joy is a choice. Psalm 16:11 says, "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
This verse very simply tells us that joy is found in God's presence. Only a surrendered heart, can be a joyful heart. Surrender is moment by moment laying down my will, my rights and my wants to embrace God's will in His paths of life. Oh, the time I waste overcomplicating God's plan for joy with my own plans, emotions, and agendas.
When my joy is gone, I simply need to take my heart back into the presence of God and lay down me, myself and I. That is a choice. My lack of joy cannot be blamed on others. Changing the scenery or running from difficult situations will not change the lack of joy. God is more about me facing life than blaming others for my life. That is why I keep saying, joy is a choice. I must choose to believe that living life in the presence of God is possible as I turn to God's Word, pray and cry out for His way over my own way.
I Thes. 5:16-18 puts it this way, "Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
Prayer: "Lord forgive my sin of grumbling and sin of ingratitude. Thank you for your presence that reminds me of the peace of choosing joy, gratitude and fellowship with you. As difficult people, circumstances and challenges come my way, remind me to choose your way over mine. Your word says clearly that your path is marked out for me so I have nothing to fear. Help me spend less time trying to determine your will and more time in your presence doing your will."
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