Do you ever have one of those days where you struggle with feeling defeated?
Or maybe even ‘one of those weeks?’Maybe you woke up feeling ready to conquer the day, but when nighttime rolled around, you slipped into bed wishing you hadn’t said ‘those words’ or allowed yourself to dwell on those negative and depressive thoughts.
I have those days more than I’d like to admit. I often wonder how I can get derailed so quickly. Even days that begin with sweet fellowship with the Lord, by that afternoon I can be feeling super frustrated and discouraged.
While reading Romans 1 today I was struck by the simplicity of Paul’s 2 step description of how the unrighteous became so very unrighteous.
The thought occurred to me that by intentionally focusing on doing just the opposite of what they did, how my days, and even weeks, could end up differently.
In verse 21 just before spelling out how unbelievably derailed the unrighteous became, he says, “although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him…”.
Pretty simple to flip that around, right? Yet, victory comes when I commit daily, even moment by moment, to turn my thoughts toward honoring God and thanking Him!
My ‘word’ for this year is abide. I believe this 2 step choice is one way God is showing me how to have victory in abiding in Him. My hope is to encourage you in this, as well so that together by the end of the day, or week, or even the year, we may know victory rather than defeat!
(below is a printable reminding us where our help comes from)