Fighting the good fight… wearisome. But necessary.

I have been battling a spirit of discouragement. It’s one that comes over me and makes me think,

“I’ll NEVER…”

or

“I CAN’T…”

And as soon as there is the temptation to fall into a self-pity party, I am reminded Who I belong to. And that the self-report I am listening to is not accurate, nor is it of God. This is a wearisome battle. For once, for all, I’d like to say, “got that one licked…” Instead, I fight the good fight in this never-ending pursuit of living where God asks me.

“Compete in the good fight of faith. Grab hold of eternal life—you were called to it, and you made a good confession of it in the presence of many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12 CEB

This morning I sat for while with this battle. Remembering why I went through seminary, why I’m finishing CPE, why I study and pray and ponder things that aren’t on many folks’ radar. Reminding myself why I didn’t “settle” for an invisible secretary-type job in a misogynist church. Facing head on the fact that the source of my discouragement comes from the pit of hell.

In my morning readings, I re-read Romans 8, and the verses reminded me… the battle was already fought and won. Why do I listen to one who has been defeated? Answer: Because I’m human. Sigh…

 35 Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

We are being put to death all day long for your sake.
We are treated like sheep for slaughter.

37 But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. 38 I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers 39 or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.

With these verses in mind, I listened to Kathryn Scott’s song “I Belong” and was encouraged… I hope it encourages you, too…

Walking in grace today…

Not angels, nor demons,
No pow’r on earth or heaven,
Not distance, nor danger,
No trouble, now or ever;

Nothing can take me from Your great love;
Forever this truth remains:
I belong, I belong to You.
I belong, I belong to You.

Not hardship, nor hunger,
No pain or depth of sorrow,
Not weakness, nor failure,
No broken dream or promise.

Nothing can take me from Your great love;
Forever this truth remains:
I belong, I belong to You.
I belong, I belong to You.

Forever and ever, I belong… to You.


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