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Day 18: When You Feel Like You Are Losing

Stump house Mountain Tunnel
Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel

Power. Strength. Victory.

The drive within us to win is deep. Our youngest son who is 5 loves to play board games. But, if you aren’t careful, he will begin to adjust the rules to benefit him, even make up his own rules to ensure his victory. He does this quite frequently so we’ve labeled this cheating phenomenon as playing by “crazy rules.”

We all want to win.

– to have a winning attitude.

– to have a winning perfomance at work.

-to win the “great mom award” at home.

-to win in dieting and exercise.

-to have victory over the sins of your past.

-to have victory over the bitterness of your heart.

-to have victory with the mountains of laundry.

We even try our own “crazy rules” hoping to ensure a victory. But, what if we are going about it all wrong?

When I came across these verses, I was floored and puzzled and excited. It is a new thought for me. A new component to understanding light and radiance.

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. Psalm 44:3, NIV

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12, NIV

God’s light is powerful. It’s strong. It’s protective. His light is like an armor surrounding you and your heart. His light will win battles and bring victory to all those areas in which you are defeated or feeling like you are losing.

Are you in a losing situation? Do you feel defeated? Do you feel like everything you attempt to do only backfires? Get honest with yourself and think about these questions:

Am I utilizing all of the power that’s available to me in my relationship with Him?

Am I positioning myself to reflect His light which in turn brings me victory?

Can I loosen my grip on self-effort and embrace surrender through obedience to His Word?

No matter how deep you are in junk and in sin and in craziness, Jesus is the light at the end of your tunnel.

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amy ruth, writer