October 10, 2013

WHOA! I had the most incredible experience at church and the sermon was on opportunity. This sermon hit my heart heavy for all of us! I thought of many of you who I have been praying for. Many of you are in some difficult places in life and you have many struggles you are battling. But God-- He revealed this scripture, Luke 21:13-15, to me in my own personal study and I wanted to share it with you today.

"This will provide you with an opportunity to testify. Make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance. I'll give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to counter or contradict."

The first revelation was that God has already written all of our stories even as we breathe today. There are no surprises in our lives that God didn't already know about! Even in the darkest hour God is not only with us, but He knows every detail and outcome. God is in control and He is always with us. Then I was led to my next thought.

It occurred to me like a lightning bolt that every trial, every hurt, every tear, every challenge, and every pain is a part of our story! It is part of the recipe, part of the plot, or the end of the story that completes our own personal testimony of who God is in our lives. As the first part of the scripture states, "This will provide you an opportunity to testify." It's a total mind shift in the darkest hour to realize that God is going to use this as an opportunity to give Him the glory as He brings us out of our deepest pits!

We must make up our minds as the scripture instructs us to do that we will prepare for victory--that's our defense against the enemy. If we prepare our minds and hearts for victory then we can't be consumed with fear and doubt. We must know that God would never leave us in our weakness. We must have faith that brings us right through the fire knowing in our hearts God will see us through. God will give you the wisdom and words to insure your victory. Ultimately God will give you YOUR story, YOUR testimony of overcoming that NO one can deny and the enemy will not be able to contradict.

My challenge this week is this, know deep in your heart that God is with you every step and every breath of your day. Believe with all your might that God is in control of your life and that He would never leave you or forsake you. Then, change your mindset today-- look at your trials as an opportunity to give God ALL the glory for your story of victory. God will give you everything you need to overcome life's challenges and we must be sure to take every opportunity to share His faithfulness to all we know.

In Christ's abundant love,

Laine