The winter Olympics showcase athletes from around the world who have trained for years, striving to reach a goal to attain a spot on the victory podium. Many have had minor and major injuries, some were told by friends, family members, even doctors, that they would never be able to compete. Yet, those who kept going, who refused to give in to their injuries, continued to move forward by keeping their eyes on the prize. Those athletes are the ones who refuse to listen to the naysayers and keep the emphasis on their goal to win.
We all have that choice. We all have a choice what we will do, who we listen to, how we compete in this race called life. If the devil can get us to focus on the negative, we won’t see the positive. If the devil can get us to think we can never get over something, then we won’t move forward, and we won’t allow God’s healing to get us over what happened. We get stuck in the devil’s trap forgetting that Jesus has made a way. Jesus is the Way.
The devil says you can’t get out, you won’t find healing, you can never change, never find hope, never be able to move forward, you’ll always be messed up by the mess you’ve endured or the mess you made. Satan is a liar!
The emphasis has been placed on the wrong things. The things in our life may scar us, wound us, and mess with us, but with Jesus there is nothing done to us that can’t be undone, restored, and renewed by the power of our all-powerful God. The defining moments of our lives are not our hardships, traumas, and trials, but how (and if) we allow Jesus to heal our hardships, traumas, and trials.
Instead of placing the emphasis on the mess done by the devil, let’s place the emphasis on the message of what God has done, who God is, what God can do no matter how messy the life. Jesus makes all things new. All things! No one is too messed up. Nothing is impossible for God!
Be an overcomer, be one who allows God to change those defining moments into refining moments. Be one who keeps the eye on the eternal prize, who chooses to move forward no matter what the devil says, no matter what the devil has done, choose to move forward in the power of our all-powerful, healing, restoring, amazing God.
And, one day you will stand on the victory podium in heaven, because you overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and the word of your testimony (Revelation 12:11).
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows]. For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” ~ Psalm 147:3 (AMPC), Luke 1:37 (AMPC)
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” ~ Hebrews 12:2-3 (MSG)
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