We moved. Again. Our one year in an in-town Atlanta high-rise led to a city with far more high-rise buildings — New York City.
In the excitement, there are a lot of unknowns. And in all the uncertainties I’ve been clinging to a specific verse of Scripture.
It’s a verse I’m excited to share with you, for you don’t have to move to a new home or new state to need this verse. Each day has a host of uncertainties all its own.
Where are you?
Before I share the verse, I want to ask you:
Where are you in life right now?
Are you settled and peaceful, or are you in transition and unsure?
Are you excited about the future? Do you find yourself in circumstances you’d rather not be in, dreading what is ahead? Or are you somewhere in between?
In whatever state you find yourself, there’s a promise on which you can rely. It’s yours for the taking if you will believe. It’s the one I’ve been clinging to:
“Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ, and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
I marvel at the impact this single verse can make if we will simply believe and claim it for our lives.
God Will Lead You
No matter what’s going on in your life, God longs to lead you through it.
He longs to lead you triumphantly through all of it!
The Message Bible puts it this way:
“In Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade.”
There’s no trial in life, no circumstance God has allowed, no path you’re on where
a victorious outcome isn’t in God’s plan for you. And where, through every hurdle and difficulty along the way, you can walk in victory — in Christ.
These words were the firsthand experience of a man (the apostle Paul) who endured many difficulties. And through it all — even because of it all — he grew in holiness and intimacy with God as he trusted and relied on the Spirit of Christ in him.
This can be your experience too!
If you doubt these words, if you think God doesn’t lead you, I challenge you: Could what you are thinking really be true? Does God lie? Does the Bible contain promises that aren’t true? Does the Bible contain promises that are true for others, but aren’t true for you?
We all have life experiences and prayers that didn’t turn out the way we hoped. There will always be things we don’t understand. But will we let our perception of our experiences override what God in His Word says is true? Will we forfeit through unbelief the promised provision God makes available to us?
I don’t want you to forfeit anything! There are blessings and provision from God at stake for you.
It all comes down to faith
Whether just in the activities of today or throughout the trial you’re walking through, what if you choose to believe God? What if you believe that just as God saved you by faith, He will also fulfill His promise to you as you believe Him and walk out each day by faith?
It all comes down to faith. Our faith releases God’s grace — His abundant, supernatural provision in our lives (Romans 4:16). The apostle Paul also wrote:
“Does God pour out His Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law, or because you believe?” (Galatians 3:5).
I can think of nothing more important than for you and me to believe God.
The results, even in believing in this one promise (one among thousands), are amazing:
“Thanks be to God who ALWAYS leads us in triumphal procession in Christ AND through us spreads EVERYWHERE the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”
I’ve been clinging to and claiming the words ALWAYS and EVERYWHERE. Throughout today and all our tomorrows, in the good and the bad, in all our joy and in what makes us very sad, God will lead us in a victorious way.
As He does, HE fulfills our purpose: He spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere we go.
What about you?
God is leading; are you following?
Are you going where He is leading?
Are you trusting in Him, relying on His provision?
Do you see today as an opportunity for a victory parade?
As you start saying yes to these questions, prepare to be blessed as God, through your life, shares His love and the beauty of a relationship with Jesus with the people around you.
Be blessed! Believe God!
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