While I did plan on posting twice last week, the bug I am fighting has taken over my writing brain and I couldn’t think.
I have been sick for a week now, and during this time, I have been able to put to practice one of my goals for this year. And that was to be more positive and stronger.
And I think it has helped just a little bit. But also, being this sick has made me think about being strong and fighting.
Which also brought to mind several other aspects of fighting, conquering, and all-around powering through difficult times.
By this time next week, I should (at least I better be) be better and healthier than I am today. And then I can look back on being sick, feeling relieved that I conquered that sickness, and now I can move on.
And we do that with trials, when they are over, we can look back on them, relieved that they are over and we can move on to better times.
But it is not the post-trial I want to talk about, it is the going through part I want to talk about. When we go through trials or simply hard times, our first thoughts and reactions can be; anger, frustration, crumbling, crying out “why me?”, and simply falling apart thinking it is the end of the world.
The last thing we think is, “I can conquer this.” Because when you are in the midst of a storm, you can’t see the end, so we panic.
But it is not just trials that we have to conquer, it is ourselves and our doubts and human reactions.
I once told my Sunday school kids, that one of the main reasons we doubt God and His way is because we have a human brain.
That is why we panic and overreact; it is because we are humans with a brain compacity that can have two main reactions; panic and think of the worst possible outcome.
On Tuesday I posted about renewing our faith, I said that sometimes our new becomes old, we get bored with our faith. That we need to take a step back to remember who we are; a new creation with the power of Christ living inside us.
We have the power of Christ inside us. In other words, we have a force inside us that can help us conquer anything…anything!
And I have already mentioned one of the main things we have to conquer; ourselves.
Our human desires want things that are contrary to God’s best for us. Galatians 5:17 tells us that our flesh and spirit are in a constant battle.
We also go against God when we panic and overreact. It’s in these moments that we have to decide who will win: us or God.
We have a spiritual enemy as well that wants us to do the opposite of what God wants. He hates us and throws his arrows of doubt, discouragement, fear, anger, and hatred at us hoping that one of them will make contact with us. Not only must we always be on our guard, but ready to conquer whatever comes our way and live in victory by God’s mighty power.
When we feel ourselves being pushed towards the doubts and panic, we need to bring one thing to our mind to help us conquer the voices.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Verse 8 can be used as a filter for our thoughts. When the voices come that bring doubt, ask yourself; are these thoughts, true, right, pure, and so on? And that will help us conquer those thoughts of doubt and panic.
We don’t fully understand, unfortunately, the immense power available to us whenever any problem or trouble comes.
When we face any challenge, we don’t just have Christ’s power to conquer and defeat it—we have the power to subdue, crush, and overthrow it. Our problems don’t stand a chance, because His enormous power makes us more than conquerors.
And His power is there, ready for us to use, all we have to do…is use it. Romans 8:37 says
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
I am beginning to learn more and more about how we can conquer if we chose to. Because to conquer, means we have to fight. Hard.
We have to say no, I will not fall into the trap of overthinking which leads to panic. I will fight against the voices and thoughts of doubt. I will fill my mind with the power of scripture and keep in the forefront of my mind. So, that I can conquer and I have the power of Christ in me.
AW Tozer once said
“God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible — what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.”
We have feeble human minds, and we limit ourselves, sometimes, to doing only the easy and possible. We don’t want to do the hard or impossible, well, because we think it is impossible. But we are conquerors.
A conqueror is someone who wins or overcomes something. In Christ, we aren’t just conquerors but more than conquerors. What this means is that we’re able to endure and make it through anything by the miraculous power of God that resides within us.
God sometimes uses impossible situations to help us see His possibilities and His power. And to show us that we are feeble dust, but He is all-powerful.
And His power resides in us.
we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.