Devil You Don’t Stand A Chance

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My body woke me up around 4am this morning. I knew I would not be going back to sleep anytime soon. I also figured it would only add to my chances of collapsing early this morning. So, the first thing I did was get down gingerly on my knees beside my bed. I said, “Lord, don’t let my limitations determine my expectations.”

After prayer I got in the bath to ease my aching body. Then, after taking my morning meds I swallowed down a high powered energy drink just hoped would chase away the fog my medication always produces. From a staying alert stand point I was blessed, but my body would quickly fail me again. I had to lay down on ice three different times in my church office. I also had to free fall into the arms of Jesus to carry me through two sermons.

Seeing as how Sunday is my only true coming out day it’s always an uncertain day. But, what I’ve found is certain is that God is able to accomplish His amazing will without me. What God continues to do despite my condition keeps amazing me. Leaders are stepping up. Every type of mission group imagined is surfacing. All this while all I have to offer is vision, passion, and prayer.

I would love to swallow a magic pill to feel better. However, I’m able to see the miracles God is performing. I’m not just sitting around feeling sorry for myself and focusing on what I can’t do. I’m doing what I can and asking others to do the same. I’m actually seeing God do more while I’m down than when I was up. My suffering continues daily, but God is still accomplishing His will in even greater ways.

(Romans 8:31-37)(NLT) 31What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?32Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

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