HOW TO DEFEAT A DEFEATED ATTITUDE
You know frustration can ruin your day. The last flare-up, secondary infection, pain, or the waiting endlessly for test results can defeat you before your toes even hit the floor in the morning. Defeated.
You’ve given your health issues to God. You know He abides with you, through every difficulty, and will never leave you. His presence is like a warm, comforting blanket, wrapping you into a snug hug.
Yet, sometimes you forget God’s comfort when tough moments overwhelm you. Your day seems over before it’s even started.
We might wrestle again with the same defeated thoughts that we thought we’d finally prayed our way through, believing and trusting God. Yet disappointments come when trials are difficult.
THE OPPOSITE OF DEFEATED
The opposite of defeat is victory. How can we obtain victory? Christians are not immune to tests in life. We will always face challenges, and they come in the guise of Satan’s lies: doubt and unbelief. What is the most powerful weapon against Satan? Prayer. With prayer we can obtain victory over those flare-ups, infections, pain and illness.
God’s mercy is new. Every morning. You can start fresh, over and over, and as often as you need to, always. He understands your faltering faith when you cry out to Him and the desired answers don’t come immediately. Our Lord teaches you patience. He teaches you to depend on Him completely.
YOU DON’T DESERVE TO BE DEFEATED
I ask some Christian sisters who have struggled with chronic illnesses to examine the issue of defeatism. They know, like you know, that there are days when you just can’t seem to pull out of the dark resignation or expectation of another trial. Yet, they also know God has answers. Here are how these ladies responded to the trials, and to His answers.
“All things work together for good for those who love God.” Romans 8:28
This verse helped me make sense of it all. No matter what it is, I know God is working out for good, in some way. It may or may not be on this side of Heaven, but I must trust Him with all of it. This brings a peace that surpasses understanding. www.shebreatheshope.com Melanie Fagan
NO LONGER DEFEATED
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV. This verse has given me great comfort when I have encountered overwhelming and painful health battles. When I have felt too weak to do anything this verse reminds me that I only need to rest in my Heavenly Fathers arms. I don’t need to worry about fighting, the Lord will fight for me. Victoria Guyadeen. https://chronicallyhopeful2014.wordpress.com
“Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 Ampc. Living with a chronic and sometimes debilitating condition, I have bumped into the door of defeat. I may stand in front of it for a while, but I know the other side is a slippery slope. Therefore, I have learned not to open that door.
My physical condition may twist my body into knots, but I will not allow it to twist my faith into knots. God is in control. That’s all I need to know. Someone said, “You’re only defeated when you quit.” So, I desperately try not to quit. My life’s verse gives me hope, I continue to give the Lord praise, no matter what. I can do no less for the grace and mercy He has shown me. Lynn Mosher https://lynnmosher.com
VICTORIOUS, NOT DEFEATED!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” (proverbs 3:5-6) These verses offer such hope. If we keep our eyes fixed on Him, He will make a way, no matter what we are going through, we don’t need to understand how things might work, He does! “All things work together for good…” (Romans 8:28) This is just incredible. All things, not some things, but every single thing works together for good for those who love God. All things. Even this unemployment, this illness, this house move, this rejection, this confinement… All of it can be used by God for His glory and our good. It doesn’t mean God has willed these things in our lives, God is good and so are His blessings, but He can and does use every situation for good, despite the enemy’s best efforts to derail us. God is faithful. In this is my hope, my faith and my peace. Charlene Schoeman http://chronicallyhopeful.com
GOD DOES NOT WANT US DEFEATED
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”. Philippians 3:5-6 has always been my anchor. When I have had more questions than answers it is comforting to know that God. Has. This. For every trial, every obstacle, every difficult situation God has already mapped out an answer. It is comforting to know I do not need to trust my own assumptions, I don’t have to second-guess what might happen. God is the best manager! Trusting in Him and submitting to Him comes easier and easier as I read and remember this passage. Solomon was one of the world’s wisest rulers, and yet he humbled himself before God and wanted God’s wisdom above all others. How can I ever pretend to have the slightest idea of what God’s plan for me is in any trial? When defeat threatens to overcome me, I will trust in Him and claim victory! April Boyer http://restginhisshadow.com
Things to Remember
We can know that –
God does not us defeated: I Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
God Cares 1 Peter 5:6–7 “…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
God is a great manager: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Satan is crafty, but God is in control: “Finally, go on acquiring power in the Lord and in the mightiness of his strength. Put on the complete suit of armor from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil…” Ephesians 6:11-12
April Boyer© 2018
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