There Is No End To Possibilities

It’s a been a rough start to the work year, I won’t lie. What with falling apart in the office and needing to find a therapist right quick, I think it’s accurate to say that work absolutely sucks. Or at least it did, until God came through, and HOW!

I was feeling overwhelmed and all kinds of sorry for myself and then about two or three days after my teary exit from the office, the Holy Spirit (because who else) brought this verse to mind:

Psalm 3:3
But you oh Lord are my shield and my glory; the lifter of my head

That’s how I recall the verse but that’s not how it reads in any of the Bible versions I looked at. Anyway, there I was feeling broken and defeated and all kinds of sad, and I started thinking about all the promises of God that I’d ever heard. Now I’ve always been skeptical of the name-it-and-claim-it brigade, I still am, but there is something to be said for standing upon the promises of God and believing Him for answers, relief and sustenance. I was looking for something that I could hold onto in my despair, something that would be more than just a trite repetition of phrases, something that would actually have meaning and relevance for me. God didn’t let me down. He, through the power of the Holy Spirit, brought things to my remembrance and gave me fresh perspective on verses I’ve heard thousands of times before. Isn’t God good?!?

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

See that? In all things, at all times, in every good work.
My job is one of my good works, and if it isn’t it should be, because I ought to be doing everything I do to the glory of God. I was despairing over my work life until I remembered that even at work God is with me, loving me, on my side, doing immeasurably more than I can ask or think or imagine.

I was struggling at work and it seemed like every day was worse than the one before it, but when I started believing that even at work God is with me things changed. And I don’t mean changed like oh, things got better, I mean things changed. My feelings changed, my attitude changed – it’s true that sometimes it’s you that needs to change and not the circumstance.
An example of divine intervention in the minutiae of my daily life: last year I was working on a document before we shut down for the holidays. I come back in the new year with a deadline for that document and… I could not find it. Could. Not. Find. It.
This meant I’d have to start over from scratch, that I’d miss my deadline – not quite what you want to have to deal with when you’re already struggling with work-related stresses, right? Then boom! Suddenly (and I do mean suddenly) I was flowing in my work, I knew just what I needed to do and how, and all the resources I needed to put a new (better!) version of the document together were at my fingertips. Disaster averted! When I tell you it could only be God it sounds like I’m being trite and like I’m high on something, but God-experiences will always sound that way. Unless you’ve encountered God at work on your behalf, someone else’s spiritual experience will sound like so much nonsense –

– Which is why we don’t rely on the testimony of others to build our faith, although of course testimonies are encouraging (sometimes) and have their place. No, instead we go to the Word:

Luke 1:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.

One of my favourite songs at the moment is No End to Possibility by Dexter Britain. Coincidence? I think not. If you’re never listened to Dexter Britain’s music I HIGHLY recommend it.
There is no end to possibilities with God because with Him you cannot fail. You must always win. Things must always work out in your favour.
What do you think ‘rejoice in every circumstance’ means? When you know that no matter what happens it’s for your good, how can you help but rejoice? I’m not trying to downplay the difficulties of life, I’m just saying we need to look at everything from God’s perspective. Difficult? Incredibly so because Satan. But we must still stand firm in the knowledge that in God the answer to every question is always YES.
Does God sustain me? Yes.
Does He draw me closer to Him? Yes.
Are my daily needs met? Yes.
Do I live an abundant life? YES! YES! YES!
[It is worth mentioning that the rider to God’s promises is faith in Christ Jesus. God requires that our answers to Him be yes in turn.
Will you live for God? Yes. Will you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness? YES! YES! YES!]
The possibilities are endless because in God the answer is always yes, and yes.

Outside of God what can I do? But with God what can I not do?
With God I win. Always.
Even when it’s impossible, I win.
I win because impossible means nothing to me for I can do all things through Christ for whom nothing, but nothing, is impossible.
I always win, I always succeed, I always prosper, the outcome is always in my favour because failure is not Jesus’ portion and therefore it is not my portion. In all seriousness, failure is not an option; in Christ it’s not even a possibility.

Life will happen and the devil will throw everything and the kitchen sink but you and I need to stand firm and remember that God is our shield, our glory, and the lifter of our heads. In Him victory is not just assured, but already given to us.

 

 

 

That Same Spirit IS In Me

Last night I woke up around 3am (never got back to sleep so I’m quite tired and cranky this morning) and I found myself reading this verse:

Romans 8:11
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

I’ve heard people proclaim, when facing challenges, things like ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ and ‘No weapon formed against me shall prosper.’ These are biblical verses but I sometimes wonder if we really realize just how much power and authority is available to us through the name of Christ. It hit me on reading Romans 8:11 that we say we have power through Christ but we don’t often act or live as though we do. At any rate, I often moan about this, that and the other without paying any mind to what I can do through the Christ who is in me.

Think about it. The same Spirit that raised Christ from death – that very same Spirit – is available to you. What can you not do, what can you not achieve with that kind of power? The problem is not that we need some special password or key to access it, by virtue of accepting Christ as your Saviour you have all the access you’ll ever need. I listen to Graham Cooke (link opens in new window) often and in one of his sermons he said something along the lines of ‘Jesus is brilliant and extraordinary.’ Well, Jesus is brilliant and extraordinary, and if that Jesus is in you and you in Him, what are you but brilliant and extraordinary too? The Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead also gives you life, and not just life, but life in abundance. What can you not do? You no longer need be in bondage to sin or your flesh or anything else – you have been set free by the Son. Trust me when I tell you that therefore you are free indeed.

John 8: 34-36
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Do you understand what freedom means? If you’re free you don’t act like you’re in prison, do you? Of course not! You carry yourself as one who can come and go as he pleases. By the same token, when the Son has set you free you don’t live as one who is slave to the flesh. When you know you have abundant life you don’t live as one who is lacking in any good thing. You must believe what the Word says and walk upright, confident in your victory in all things, over all things, for that victory is not only assured, but the battle has been fought and won already. You’re not fighting to be free from sin, you’re fighting to be free of the lie that you’re not free from sin.

This might be a difficult concept especially if you think of yourself as one who is ‘fighting’ his sin nature. If you’re fighting that battle then what did Christ die for? What happened on the Cross? No really, think about it.

What if you woke up and instead of fighting not to sin, you fought instead to live a Kingdom life, a life of abundance and freedom, a life of a resounding YES to every good thing?
What if instead of moaning about your finances and your health and your loneliness and your too-high rent (all things I’ve been heard to moan about by the way) you said ‘all things are working together for my good’ and believed that and talked and thought as if you believed it?
What if every time you were tempted you recalled that you are tempted to go backward, to a past that is as far removed from you as East is from West, and instead chose to reach for all that is pure and lovely and noble? Try it.
God will amaze you, surprise you, for no eye has seen and no ear has heard what God has in store for those that love him and believe in him.

January is, for most people, that time of year when we attempt to restart and refresh, when we press reset on our lives. I take stock twice a year -in January and around my birthday – and in 2016 I’m choosing to take God at His Word. Abundant life? Bring it, I’m here for it. He is faithful, I’m choosing to believe that He will not let me down. I’m choosing to believe His Word that all things work together for my good. Will you believe the same in 2016?