Restored in Victory

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By: Gabriela Yareliz

Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you are doing everything in your power to accomplish something, and it’s still not enough? I think we all have. Whether it’s a school project, trying to break a bad habit or simply making changes in our lives.

Apparently, some water fuse blew up today and caused flooding in some buildings along a popular avenue in NYC. Imagine the desperation and puzzled faces of those who work in the buildings when they see all of the random water spewing out. They can do all they want with a mop and try to stop the water, but until a professional with the right equipment comes in, repairs and stops it, there is only so much they can do (even if they have all of the willpower in the world).

Yesterday, the topic was about cleansing, and how we need to approach God with clean hands and a pure mind. I wrote about how the process of purification is not always fun or pain-free. I think it’s worth mentioning that when you clean yourself or anything else, you are aided by soap or something that cleanses, it’s not something you can do alone.

Having victory in life over small or big things starts by recognizing that we are finite beings. There is only so much we can do alone. Humans are known to be social creatures that need one another. Similarly, when we want victory, we need help.

Inside of us we have a power, the power to choose. We must combine our choice, will and disposition, the most powerful things we have, with the help God offers us to be overcomers.

Luke 11:4 says, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” This does not mean God tempts us. God tempts no man (James 1:13), but He can often allow trials to come to our lives that He uses to strengthen our faith. Sometimes trials come as consequences to our choices and mistakes. Also, our choices in entertainment, lifestyle, recreation, etc., often bring us face to face with evil and temptation. When we pray, “Lead us not into temptation”, it can be a form of us asking God to help guide us in the way we should go, so we will not needlessly place ourselves on evil ground. Instead, we ask Him to “deliver us from evil.”

If you feel hopeless or frustrated, pray for God to help you, to strengthen you and to deliver you. Find friends who can inspire and uplift you.

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57

A big part of having victory through Jesus Christ is having faith; faith that He is able to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24).

God’s law is like a mirror that shows us where we are not right and filthy; then, Christ is like the soap, His sacrifice cleanses us from all of our wickedness.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18

He does not condemn us:
1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:1-11

God has promised us not only forgiveness but power to overcome. He wants us to have enough faith to ask for that which we need from Him: “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Luke 11:9-10

When Jesus forgave the woman who came to Him and anointed Him at a dinner party (many scholars say it was the same woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11), others were standing by judging her as she sought for healing and adored Him who had showed so much compassion to her.

Jesus said to her, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50

Today, as you pray, rest in the hands that want to give you victory in ALL things. Stay at the feet of Him who does not condemn you, but instead wants you to live empowered. Above all, pray in faith, so that when you pray, God may say to you, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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