I’ll get to my Are You In The Middle? Devotion below, but I have to settle something first 🙂
Here’s a link to the Facebook live I taped on Monday, August 28th 2017 where I drew the ballots for the 200th #SoulH2O Contest and read this devotion, with a bunch of extras! I wish I could have you all in a room and study right alongside you.
Hope this video leaves you strengthened to hold on in the middle and stay true to the end.
Nicole Kauffman–Blogger at http://www.couragehopelove.com
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Soul H2O Readers–Stephanie Hewer and Ana Calderon
Are You In The Middle
At the end of 2016 I began praying for 2017. I was asking the Lord to give me a word to declare over the year and I felt Him whispering VICTORY in my ear.
My first reaction was elation, but it was quickly replaced with a holy fear. As soon as I thought about it my naivety was displaced with reality. Victory is not achieved by sitting in your lazy boy with the remote in your hand. Victory is won on the battlefield. I knew that God was promising me Triumph, but gaining ground would involve a fight…not a physical one of course 🙂
It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. NIV
For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them. KJV
I didn’t want to accept this word, but God confirmed it through a set of circumstances and used this verse, Romans 8:37 to seal the promise.
[tweetthis]Victory is won on the battlefield[/tweetthis]
So here it is, August 28th and I’m in the middle. It’s just past the middle of the calendar year and victory isn’t in sight, not even if I squint my eyes. I was reading Holley Gerth’s upcoming release, Fiercehearted for my next Ellen’s Pick book review and this paragraph encouraged my heart. I’m guessing it will do the same for you!
“But that middle place is the hardest—it’s the furnace and the refinery and what remakes us. It’s the labor and the sweat and the groaning. It can’t be skipped or minimized, diminished or forgotten. It matters and is to be honored.
But it is also not the end.”1
So, if you’re in the middle and can’t see the victory God’s promised, does it make the promise any less true…any less reliable?
No, Despite ALL these things
It’s not the end!
is ours through Christ!
Last week I talked about how long it took for God’s promises to Abraham, David and Joseph to come true. Paul wrote about Abraham’s faith in God’s promises and this is what he said:
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God,
but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
being fully persuaded
that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:21-22 NIV
If you’re in the middle like me, don’t give up….don’t give in. Strengthen your faith, build your courage and be fully persuaded that God will do what He said! Victory is on the way!
[tweetthis]Victory implies your battle’s already been won.[/tweetthis]
Father…I thank You for Your promises. Please help me not give up in the middle but to see how You’re at work refining me…preparing me for the future and let me trust you to the end so I can see the victory you have in store. In Jesus Name…Amen
HOPE TO SEE YOU TODAY Facebook Live at 12:15pm EST on my Personal Facebook page TODAY: Monday, August 28, 2017
- Gerth, Holley. Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely (Advanced Reading Copy). © 2017 Holley Gerth. Revell Books: Grand Rapids, MI. pg.56
- Romans 8:37
- Psalm 44:3
- Romans 4:20-21
- Luke 1:37
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What a beautiful blog, full of hope, love, and encouragement! Yes, waiting for an answer from Our Lord can be frustrating, but some day, whether on earth or in heaven, we will fully understand and accept God’s reasons for keeping us “in suspense!”
So great to ‘meet’ you online earlier today. Thanks for your kind words. He sure does like to keep us in suspense!!!
Praying for you to keep strong IN THE MIDDLE so you see the victorious end 🙂
Thanks for this today, Sherry! It is encouraging. Today has been filled with problems and I couldn’t understand why. I felt God reminding me to trust Him. As soon as I stepped out in faith to trust Him, solutions began to surface. 🙂 Now I’ll click over to your FB page and watch your video. I’m running a giveaway this week. I might steal that idea. 😉 On second thought, that would require me going live…hmmm…
Go for it girl! It’s fun 🙂 Praying for you my friend!
What a great message this morning! I know this will make my day a whole lot better!
Praying the devo put a spring in your step 🙂
beautiful post.. age is just a number.
glad to read this post full of love,courage,confidence..
keep it rocking up !! thanks for sharing such an amazing article
Praying you keep moving forward in confidence!
You nailed it! I really am in the middle. Of the pack. Approaching middle age. In the thick of it with elementary-aged kids. A career. I’m waiting right now on so many fronts. I appreciate you reminding me about the refining…it’s not always pleasant, but God sees the daily grind. Victory!!
Praying you continue to stay in the process so, like an oyster you will produce a pearl 🙂
I don’t like the idea of the refining process but I want the end result. It will be worth it!
So worth it Sarah! Praying you have increased strength to stay in the process.
So encouraging! WOW! I needed this today! The middle is not the end! Blessings!
So glad you’re encouraged Liz! Praying God WOW’s you some more today!
Love this fresh perspective on victory. Thanks for these important reminders, Sherry.
You’re so very welcome Sarah. Praying you have a blessed day!
Beautiful & encouraging post, Sherry. May we be fully persuaded in the power and promises of our God. So grateful we were neighbors today!
We’re neighbors again today 🙂 God must be trying to connect us! Praying you have a blessed day.