15 Mar Your Victory Effects More than Just You
All this month, we’re talking about growing in Christ. But we don’t just grow in our relationships with Him for our own benefit. When you walk in victory, you’ll impact others around you.
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Before I get started, I wanted to do a little recap on some of our previous posts. A couple of weeks ago, we talked about staying filled. As we pour God’s love into others through our service, it can be easy to find that we have depleted our own cups, so in this post, I discussed ways that you could refill yourself.
Last week, we talked about having only one priority and how to make that work within our lives. It really helps to create a more peaceful life for you, and really helps to balance your life.
If you haven’t checked out either of those posts, please check them out because they definitely tie into what I’m going to be talking about today.
A Small Voice Spoke
Sometimes, it can feel like we hit a brick wall in our relationship with God. We feel like we’re becoming stagnant. I was in that place a few years ago. I was worshipping Him and raising my family in His ways, but something made me feel like I was hitting a brick wall.
I went to a service, and the entire time, I felt that the Lord was telling me He had a word for me. I went up to the front, assuming that the pastor would pray over me or something similar, but he never came over.
The band had gone and people were out in the foyer chatting, meanwhile, I was at the altar thinking, “Okay, God. I thought you were going to talk to me. I’m not hearing anything.”
In a small voice, I heard Him say, “Your victory effects more than just you.”
I was floored by this.
I realized that I had been walking in defeat for two decades by not dealing with some of the struggles that I had in my life, like my problems with food, and that not only did I need to change them for my benefit but also so that I could share my victory with others as well. He said to me, “I want you to walk in victory. See what I can do in two years.”
That day changed everything for me, and it is something I will remember for years to come. As I look back and see how my blog has come along and the community I have been able to be a part of, I realize that His two years has made drastic changes for me.
I am no longer living just for me or even spending time with the Lord just for myself. I am doing it so that I can share my struggle and my victory with others.
A Weight Off Our Shoulders
It may seem, at times, like God is trying to punish us or is angry with us when we are in the midst of our personal problems. In truth, God is telling us, “I trust you with this struggle so that you can help someone else that will go through this after you.”
Is that not a huge weight off of your shoulders? To truly realize that your problems are not due to God’s anger, but His love and trust in your ability to help others? It reminds me of a quote from the book Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson that says,
“So many times, we are praying through our circumstances, and we’re trying to ask God to change the things around us that we don’t give him the chance to change us.”
The same is true for you. If you are struggling with something, don’t automatically assume God is angry with you or trying to teach you a lesson.
Sometimes, we go through struggles because of our poor choices, but many times, we are in a struggle because it helps us to make an impact on the Kingdom of God.
Give to Your Church Family
I feel very strongly about the importance of going to church. It is true that we can have a relationship with God by reading His word, singing along with worship music, or watching sermons on the televisions, but that takes away from the value of church attendance.
I am blessed because I am part of a church that feels like a family to me. The church you go to might not feel that way, but you can take the steps to make it feel that way. You can get involved right where you are and choose to be proactive in creating strong friendships that will lift you up. Ultimately, that is what the body of Christ is all about.
Paul talks about this as well. He says “The hand can’t say to the body, I don’t need you.” Imagine that for a second. We wouldn’t cut off our hand with the intention that it would be more capable by itself than connected to our bodies, so why do we think it is wise to cut off our connection to our church body?
In addition, your church family provides you with a community that will support you through your struggles. There may be someone who has already come through an issue like yours and can share their victory with you, and you can almost be certain that someone will follow you that will eventually need to hear about your victory as well. Make sure that you are putting value in this.
It Will Benefit Those Who Come After Us
When we make changes and say no to the flesh, it will benefit those who come after us. While we may not always feel like we can come through the struggle for ourselves, try changing the way you think about it and do it for those who will come after you.
I have a friend who smoked for years. She’d wanted to quit but always ended up going back. That is until she got pregnant. The day she found out, she immediately quit. Even though she had been unable to do it for herself in the past, she knew that she had to do it for the child that was coming after her.
I want you to be encouraged and know that whatever your struggle, you can walk in victory when you are leaning on Christ and using His strengths.
As Christians, we have access to the same power that raised Jesus from that dead. It’s true. It says it in Romans 8. We have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to say no to the flesh and to start living in victory, and we can know that we will see a ripple effect in the people in our lives.
This post is an example of that. If it is speaking to your heart, know that it is not by me, but God walking me through victory so that it could benefit my life and yours too.
You Have an Impact on the Kingdom of God
I want you to realize that you have an impact on the Kingdom of God. There is something about choosing ownership and taking responsibility for the people in your life that makes you feel more confident in your abilities.
Knowing that it is not because of us, but because of Him, helps to keep us humble and helps us to know that God is moving in the hard times and in good times. He is seeking to change and grow us.
Sometimes, We Can Only Learn Through Struggle
I have a friend who grew up in a family that was always stable financially. As a child, my friend never had to worry about needing something for school that her parents couldn’t pay for, or even missing out on the things she wanted. Her life circumstances changed drastically when she moved out on her own.
Suddenly, she was forced to “learn the value of a dollar.” So, my friend, who had never even looked at a budget through her entire life, was suddenly faced with the need to learn to manage her money.
The same is true about our relationships with the Lord. Some lessons, we simply won’t learn until we’re forced to, just like my friend. But, like my friend, who can now share with others how to budget their money, you can share these lessons with others as well.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you will never have hard times. It means that God is more focused on growing you in Him and making you holy than He is concerned with you being happy and comfortable in this life.
I truly hope that this encouraged you instead of discouraging you.
God wants you to grow and reach new heights in Him, and that is what I strive to do in my blog through these posts and my podcast– help women reach new heights in their relationship with the Lord and in their ministries so that they can make their impact on the Kingdom of God.
Thank you so much for joining me. And I hope that you’ll join the conversation in the Girl of Grace Facebook Group!