Thursday, September 19, 2013

An Arsenal for Victory

What songs do you like to listen to again and again? Is there a song you play when you’re feeling down? I have a couple of playlists on my computer that I play when I need a good pick-me-up song. The playlists include: By Your Side (Tenth Avenue North), Shout to the Lord (Darlene Zschech), The Prayer (Josh Groban and Angie Stone), and My Help Comes from the Lord (The Museum). These songs are a part of my musical “arsenal,” that I use to fight back thoughts of worry and feelings of depression. They remind me that God is great, I can trust Him, and He has a plan.

What about Scripture? Do you have a Scriptural arsenal that you use to defeat negative thoughts that Satan shoots through your mind? When fear threatens to stop you in your tracks, when doubts cause you to worry, when Satan tempts you to give up, what Scriptures do you run to?

I run to 2 Timothy. It is a book that I can pick up again and again and find truths to calm my heart, promises to empower my spirit, and encouragement to go get ‘em. I want to share those truths and promises with you.

My book, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, is all about how to win the spiritual battles of life and ministry. It shows from 2 Timothy how God’s children can win their spiritual struggles and make a difference in the world around them. God has used the four chapters of this short book of the Bible to show me over 275 principles of victory. The apostle Paul first passed the principles of victory to Timothy, his son in the faith. Now they have been passed to us.
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Whatever victory you need today—over a personal struggle, temptation, or spiritual harassment—turn to God and His Word for help. In Jesus, we find the power to defeat every foe. He equips us with the wisdom, power, and strategy to win the victory. Let 2 Timothy have a special place in your Scriptural arsenal, and remember—victory is possible because God makes it possible. In Christ, we don’t just survive. We excel.

2 Timothy: Winning the Victory is available directly from Lighthouse Bible Studies by emailing lighthousebiblestudies@hotmail.com or it will soon be available to purchase online.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In the Waiting

Are you good at waiting? It's hard for me to wait for the brownies to come out of the oven, or for my favorite TV show to come on, or for my friend to receive the package I just sent her. It can be hard for me to wait for more important things, too--things that I am hoping God will do. But I have found that waiting on big things that I'm praying for doesn't necessarily equate inactivity. It doesn't mean that I just do nothing.

No, in the waiting, I discover more of who God is. Like the peace He gives me when I'm tempted to doubt He won't provide. Or the joy He gives me when I remember all the good things I do have. When I remember Him, that I always have Him and He is always faithful and good, I can wait a little longer. I can focus on my relationship with Him and the good things He has called me to do. There's so much to do! So many people to reach and love. And I get to love the best Person of all and have confidence in His character, love, and power.

So, to repost something I wrote on Facebook one day, when I was thinking about being "in the waiting," this is what I've learned:

It can be hard to wait for good things. But it seems that while you wait, you learn stuff you wouldn't have otherwise. And God becomes closer, or you just realize how close He is. And fortunately, He often provides company for the journey. So were you waiting the whole time, or were you just getting closer to your destination? (July 2013)

What have you learned "in the waiting"? May God give you new strength to trust Him while you wait, and may He give you new adventures in the waiting and in the receiving.

"But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV).