Winning Team

Sometimes life trips us up.  We are cruising along seemingly carefree and then wham, from out of nowhere we are blind-sided.  These moments present themselves in many ways.  The car breaks down and so does the washing machine.  Situations arise at home or at work bringing fear and strife into our relationships; both personal and professional.  We lose a child.  We lose a spouse.  We lose a job.  We are bullied and harassed and we do not understand “why”.

I have experienced life’s struggles.  In those moments a fear wells up inside of me and I give in to anxiety, frustration and anger.  I often need time and a trusted friend or two to listen to me and help me through prayer support and words of encouragement.  Sometimes it takes a moment before I see that being temporarily blind-sided is fleeting.  I am reminded through God’s Word, prayers of support and words of encouragement that I am forever part of the winning team.

I believe Satan is behind most of life’s distractions leading to strife. This is Satan’s modus operandi.  Keeping us distracted with relational issues, broken down items and financial woes is how he sidetracks us from our purpose. But, our God is bigger than Satan’s plans and attempts to foil us.  Our Heavenly Father tells us in His Word that Satan is already defeated and we who believe in and call upon the Name of Jesus are victorious.

First Corinthians 15:57 states, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.  Psalm 149:4 says, “For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory”.  Again in 1 Corinthians He says, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”.  (1Cor 15:55) And, in the final book of God’s Word we read the assurance of our faith in Christ, “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever”.  (Rev 20:10)

Satan’s future is already determined.  And so is ours when we put our trust and faith in the One Who saves, Jesus Christ our Lord.

“Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ.  I thank You for the sacrifice of death upon the cross and the salvation it provides.  I praise You that I am protected by You and the promise of eternity with You in heaven.  I thank You for those brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for and encourage me when I get blind-sided.  There is no fear in the things of this world because You are the only winning Coach and by Your grace and mercy I am forever on Your team.  Thanks be to Jesus.  Amen.”

Kami R. Lobner

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