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11.1.18 – On the other side of obedience…

“But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God – the free life! – even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.” – James 1:24 The Message

I am only just now getting a taste of what victory is like.

For most of my life I’ve lived in defeat. I was settled in it. It even became my identity.

It’s true that “victory” takes work, it takes discomfort…

…but things aren’t as they seem.

The “easy way” –what’s “comfortable” can lead to defeat and not victory.

All of this is just now sinking in. And I’m just so thankful to have this understanding. To be on the other side of that lie that kept me bound. To see what kept me and to see what now gives me life and joy. To see and experience the truth.

When trying to decide between what is comfortable and what is not, maybe even something that seems completely dreadful, here is a powerful and freeing phrase to live by…

“I just decided to go.”

Not “to stay” but “just go”.

When you can, just go. Just do it. It’s worth it. You’ll be able to see the victory on the other side and then next time that kind of situation comes up again, you’ll be able to see and know what the other side will look like ahead of time.

One of the greatest weapons against darkness, against the enemy is obedience.

It’s more powerful than we know.

“He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death-even to death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:8

Just look at what the obedience of Jesus Christ did…

“God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.” – Hebrews 2:10

Thank you, Lord for taking the time to work in my life, to stir me up. That You would so care about me, that you would dust me off and show me how to walk this journey. You loved me enough to not let me stay, but You helped me to “just go” –You’re with me through every challenging step, and I thank You!

–Heather

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