We need to remind ourselves daily of good things—victories in our lives. In this world we will know trials and tribulations (John 16:33, NKJV), but we have God’s promise of triumph.
We all have setbacks, disappointments and failures. Again, Romans 8:28 tells us that good and bad things work together for God’s purposes. Have you ever learned from making a mistake? Have you ever been able to help someone else because of what you learned not to do? In the love of Father God, by the power of Jesus’ name and the leading of the Holy Spirit, victory is ours.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.“ (II Corinthians 2:14)
If we focus on victories, even miracles, our confidence is strengthened. To develop muscles in our bodies we need to exercise and become physically stronger. That is also true in our faith walk. We are being perfected, refined. As we continue to praise God our faith is built up, just as our human muscles are built up by exercise.
We have good habits and bad ones. We need to develop the habit of focusing on our victories, both as we use our good habits and in the lessons we learn from conquering our bad ones.
Remember that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. (James 1:17, GNB) Praise Him for His favor and man’s favor. (Proverbs 3:4, GNB) As the Don Moen song goes: God will make a way when there seems to be no way. He will open supernatural doors for you to move forward.
In the Good News Bible, Jeremiah 29:11 says that God “alone knows the plans he has for you; plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for…” Again, this exact theme reappears in Romans 8:28 where everything, good and bad works together to accomplish His purpose – His fulfillment of creating the mind of Christ in each of us.
To develop Christ’s mind, attitude and self-control we must let The Perfector do His work. Like Christ, we must seek alone time with Father God. This daily alone time produces strength, fellowship and friendship with God.
Let us thank Him now, for all things good and bad, and ask the Holy Spirit to put away our wrong thinking. Focus on your victories!