A victorious life, we all want it…right?
I have been pondering this very question over the weekend, after receiving an email from one of our partners.
Nothing blesses me more than hearing that our readers have been blessed or their lives have been changed by one of our writings. That’s why we do what we do, to bless others and to hopefully add something to the lives of our readers.
As I said, I was blessed to read the email from our partner. I was happy that she applied something I had written, and it affected her life in a positive way. Here’s her email, or at least a portion of it.
“After reading your devotion this morning I wanted to let you know one of the ways that your ministry has impacted my life. About 8 or 9 years ago in one of your devotions, you challenged readers to start the first 30 minutes of their day spending time praising God for a 30-day period. I believe that this challenge was given during the holiday season. I was delighted to take up the challenge. I decided to spend the first 15 minutes of my day in meditation and then the second 15 minutes in worship. I decided that this would be a lifestyle change and I have continued doing this from that time on. It has changed slightly because about a year ago I purchased a journal that I call my thanksgiving journal. So now when I wake up I spend the first 15 minutes with God in meditation praying but mostly listening. Then I write down 3 things that I am thankful for. Then I praise and worship. I have you to thank for this. That 30-day challenge became a lifestyle change that has caused me to live the victorious life. I know that walking through the challenge with my sister and the many other challenges in my life with a peace and assurance has been because of the morning lifestyle that I have chosen.”
I love when she said, ‘this 30 day challenge became a lifestyle change that has caused me to live the victorious life.’
I have to wonder ‘if you knew 30 minutes a day would change your life, would you make that change?’ Would you make that change if you knew it had to be a lifestyle change? And would you keep up the challenge?
I read dozens of emails a day from people who want things to get better in their life, sadly, many of them will not make the changes necessary to bring forth that change.
It takes effort, consistency and determination to make lifestyle changes, especially life changing ones.
Here we are once again, in the Holiday Season. Most people are so busy they couldn’t even fathom carving out 30 minutes a day out of their life. It seems so difficult to do, yet it is such a small thing if it takes you to a place of victorious living.
Over the weekend I read an article online about anointed men and women of God who had world changing ministries. This minister pointed out that each of them were willing to pay the price to carry that type of anointing. He went on to say that most people, not all, but many people today are not willing to pay the price to carry that type of anointing. I have to agree with him on many levels.
While we all want victory and breakthrough and prosperity, not all are willing to pay the price. We tell ourselves that Jesus paid the price for it all, and that is true. However, to activate that truth in our life there are some things we must do as well.
If we want to receive, we must FIRST give. We can’t expect to receive if we don’t. If we want to reap, we must first sow. It is the principal of God. This not only applies to finances but to every area of life. If you want a powerful spiritual life, a strong anointing, then you must sow that into your life, consistently and continually. Then and only then will you partake of a victorious life.
I don’t know who said the victorious life is easy, it is not. It takes determination and discipline. For this very reason Jesus called the 12, His disciples. A disciple is defined in the Webster’s 1828 dictionary as; a follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another.
If you are going to walk like Jesus walked you must follow His ways, and His words. There is no other way. Yes! Jesus died that we might have life and life more abundantly, that is a truth. However, we must follow HIS WAYS to that abundant life. Are you willing? That is the ONLY question. If you are willing you will live the victorious life. The word of God shows us the way.
Perhaps you would like to consider taking 30 minutes a day and spending that time with God. Perhaps it could become a lifestyle change for you and perhaps, it may lead you to the victorious life as well.
There is no time like the present to make a lifestyle change…don’t you think? Especially if it leads you to victory. Take that step today…enter into the life Jesus died to give you.
Prayer for today: Father, we commit our life to you, show us what we need to do to bring victory into our lives. Help us to obey you and follow you, this we ask in Jesus name. Amen.