Good Morning Everyone!
It is my favorite day; Sunday! As my 16 year old likes to say, "It's time to get my praise on!" We love our church. We attend NewSpring Church in Florence, SC. We are one church, many locations. The main campus is in Anderson, but there are campuses all around SC. Our vision is to see 100,000 saved. Perry Noble is our preacher and one of the most transparent men I have ever had the privilege to listen and learn from. If you ever want to get a good laugh and really learn who God is, listen to one of his sermons at www.newspring.cc. You won't be disappointed.
Anyway, I love Sundays because it is a time to get to know more about God with fellow believers and a time to look inside myself, ask for forgiveness for the times I failed, get encouraged, and start over again. God loves me and wants me to succeed. His son died so that I could live in victory. So, why do I choose to be defeated?
Well, I could say there are many reasons for living in a state of failure. But in reality there are only a couple and one is a doozy. There is spiritual warfare going on around me. The prince of the air has his minions doing their best to make me feel like a total failure. They tempt me with food, like the devil tempted Christ, they allow me to meet people who offer me temporary fun, but I see it as gratifying the soul. They speak negativity into my ear, "You screwed up again." "You might as well give up. You will never achieve your goals." "You failed again. If God really loved you, He would take away the temptation so you would never have to struggle again." Oh and my favorite, "You will never amount to anything. You are garbage. No one will ever love you because you make too many mistakes." Does anyone else ever hear those voices?
Well, it's time to kick them to the curb! Adios negativity! See ya later feelings of doubt! Vaya con Dios feelings of inadequacies! It is time for my positive talk to knock you out of the ring.
I am a child of God and because of this "Every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory." 1John 5:4 "I can rejoice when I run into problems and trials, for I know that they are good for me - and help me to learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in me, and character strengthens my confident expectation of salvation." Romans 5:3-4 "But I who waits on the Lord will find new strength. I will fly high on wings like eagles. I will run and not grow weary. I will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31.
It is time for me to pick up the pieces and demonstrate I am a child of the Living God. "In everything I do. I will stay away from complaining and arguing. I will live a clean, innocent life as a child of God ... I shall let my light shine brightly...I will hold tight to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless." Philippians 2:14-16. I am an overcomer! "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13. Now those are the words of someone who will not give up. If God is for me, who can be against? I shall listen to my Father's words only for He loves me. He encourages. He provides a way out. He is my daddy who wants the best for me. I want to listen to that voice for He will guide me to all truth and goodness.
What about you? What voice do you follow?