Perspective: All… Completely

Posted: July 4, 2015 in Perspective
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Victory

‘So prepare your minds for action and exercise self control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.’ – 1 Peter 1:13

Hopeto expect with confidence.

This is where many of us fall prey to living in the ‘gray’. We take our ‘hope pie’ and divide it up… a slice for God, a slice for our employer, a slice for our spouse, a slice for the government, a slice for our own experience/intelligence, etc. Then when our confidence/trust is broken by our employer, our spouse or the government, God typically gets the blame. When in reality, we’ve only gave Him a small piece of our hope/trust. God didn’t fail us – we failed us, by giving what belongs to Him to someone or something else.

So give yourselves completely to God. Stand against the devil and the devil will run from you. Come near to God and God will come near to you.’ – James 4:7-8

In the same way, note how ‘give yourselves completely to God’, comes before ‘stand against the devil’. This is where many of us can stumble. We don’t recognize that our battles are spiritual in nature and we try and fight them with human efforts. Sometimes, we use prayer as a last resort or we ‘sprinkle’ a little bit of God in the midst of our battle, while still giving most of our time, energy and efforts to fighting the battle ourselves. Typically, this type of battle plan doesn’t end too well.

Yes, we do need other’s help, but let’s go to God the first day of the battle… and every day after until the battle is won. Let Him bring the right people to us who He knows can help us with exactly what we need. Let’s choose today to put All of our Hope Completely in God, who is the Giver of every perfect gift, our mighty fortress, our Comforter and Jesus our Savior.

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