Can you believe it’s the end of this series “Trusting God during difficult times?” Friend, God is good and so faithful. I’m believing God for great things in your life this year. My daily prayer to God is for Him to use this platform to bring change and transformation in the lives of His people. Let this blog be a meeting place for you to be feed by Him and to be encouraged and uplifted. Friend, you’re living in a time where you need to be encouraged daily. Life can be brutal to us sometimes. But no matter how brutal or tough it is, I’m here for you. I’ll keep encouraging you to stand firm in your faith. I want you to know I got your back. If you ever need someone to stand in agreement with you in prayer I’m here. If you need someone to pray for you when you’re down, I’m here.
This blog series has really opened my eyes to a lot of things. I created this Facebook group “The Faithful Lifestyle,” it’s like a support group for believers. I plan to post prayers, daily words of encouragement or whatever God lays on my heart. I would love to interact with everyone as well as we do life together. Friend, like it or not we’re in this together. We both serve the same God. We might as well rally together as we press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. We’re going to finish this race well! If you have not noticed I don’t post daily, I post twice a week Mondays and Thursdays for now. But I want to be available for you my friend. This is what this group is here for. You can click the link above to join the group. I want to get to know my readers and that’s why I created this group. I’m truly rooting and praying for you. Your life can never remain the same if you begin to live out the Word of God and trust Him. You must SEE a change. I’m committing myself to see to it that you get to where God needs you to be. It’s the Sunday school teacher in me. I sow seeds into the lives of 10-year-old boys and girls hoping one day when they are of age facing the challenges of Life. They will remember the Word of God Ms. Nicki taught them. I teach my kids faith! Train them up early. So I will see YOU over at The Faithful Lifestyle.
Enough of my rambling and let’s get to the last topic of this series, *drum roll please,* “Victory belongs to you.” Yes, you! But before we go any further, if you have not checked out parts 1-5 of this series, I’ve got you covered click the links below to catch up before you go any further. P.S. John 11 has been our focus chapter for this series.
Part 2 Your Faith Will Be Tested
Part 3 Prayer Changes Things
Part 4 Relying on God
After all, you have been through, victory belongs to you. Yes, the road is or was difficult. But friend your road is not as difficult as Lazarus. He was already dead yet, Jesus was able to get to him. It took Him four days to get to Lazarus but He got to Him. Maybe you think God is taking too long or it feels like He forgot about you. He has not and there is no such thing as too late for God. He is an on time God. I’m sure Hannah and Sarah felt forgotten but God saved the BEST for last. Despite what you are currently facing right now, I want you to know you are not forgotten. God is with you as He was with Mary and Martha. They trusted God because they sent for Him when their brother died. Can you imagine having this type of faith in this day and age? A relative died four days and buried and you’re still believing God to bring them back alive? I can’t help but wonder what if Christians today carried faith like Mary and Martha God would truly be able to perform the wonders He created us for. The problem isn’t God, He desires to do it but Christians today do not want to go through the trials and testing. We (included me) often lack patience and grow weary. And I’ll be honest with you friend, God is still working out the kinks in me. But we’re going to get there in the name of Jesus.
Do you believe?
Friend, I want to point something out to you in this passage (John 11: 24-26 & 39-40). I encourage you to read this chapter when you have some time. I noticed Jesus kept asking Martha, “do you believe?” When He first arrived Martha was the first to greet Him and at the tomb. He asked two times. But why only her?
24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
39 Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
Mary was also there. You know what I think? I think one believe more than the other. I think one’s faith was stronger than the other. If you’re familiar with the two sisters in Luke 10:38-42, when Jesus came to their house for the first time Martha was busy serving while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Mary chose to seat at the feet of Jesus to draw as much as she could from Him. She chose to strengthen her faith. Martha was worried about everything under the sun except for Jesus.
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
The Bible said she was distracted by it. And it shows right here in her faith. Faith is needed to believe. Jesus showed up and there she was concerned with the stench from the grave rather than the fact Jesus is ready to call her brother out from his grave. This is the same person who made the lame walk and opened the eyes of the blind. Can you relate to Martha? I know I have found myself distracted by the problems I was facing rather than looking unto Jesus. Rather than believing He is on standby ready to deliver me from this problem I was facing. It’s easy to be distracted by what’s in front of you. But when you’re faith-focused nothing will stand in your way. Mary was hurt, she was weeping when Jesus came and it troubled His spirit. Though she was weeping, her tears touched His heart.
One can be standing on the verge of their breakthrough and miss it because of their faith. Throughout this series, I’ve stressed a lot about the importance of FAITH. It’s vital to your breakthrough. In fact, it is the key to your breakthrough. Here God was ready to call Lazarus out of the grave and one word from Martha could have turned Him away. But thank God for Grace! He loved the three of them dearly. With one shout He called Lazarus from the grave. Friend, don’t be afraid to call yourself out from any “grave” like situations. The grave can be depression, lack, joblessness, a broken heart etc. You can call yourself out by faith. One of my favorite scriptures I stand on to call things into existence is Job 22:28. I declare it all by the authority there is in the name of Jesus. There is power in His name. Use it. His name along with your faith is key to accessing everything grace has already pre-packaged for you here on earth.
Victory over everything
I want you to know the same resurrection power that raised Lazarus from the dead, can deliver you from your situation. The same power raised Jesus from the dead. Friend, we have access to His power. Can I tell you a secret? I’m not sure if you know this but it’s in you too. I want you to wrap your mind around this. Like really wrap your mind around it. Think about it for the next few days, meditate on all the resurrection power has done. The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives inside of you! If His power lives in you, friend, there is nothing in this life that can keep you down. NO WAY! It gives you victory over everything. Every situation, problem or circumstances. You have to access the resurrection power and you access it through the Holy Spirit. He enables you to do what you cannot do for yourself in the natural. You have to stop relying on your own strength. This year you cannot lose. You will not be defeated by the problems of life. Why? Because now you know this series is to prepare you for life. To prepare you to overcome. To prepare you to walk in victory. You are a winner! I told you in part 5, this fight is already rigged because God already gave you victory over the enemy. Jesus died so you can rise. He rose from the dead so you can reign with Him here on earth. This is your year to reign with Him. Your life must meet God’s expectation for you. No more living below your potential. You are sons and daughters of a king and not just any king. He is the King of all kings. God bless you and I’m praying for you!
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