2017 is the year of victory for us as a church family, corporately and individually. Victory will be seen in different areas of our lives; in godly provision, in our finances, in miracles and healings, as we witness reconciliation within families and with others, victory over self-doubt and rejection.
Victory is not always instantaneous, sometimes it can be slow, for example, healing can take place little by little. This calls for perseverance because it is easy in waiting for victory to become discouraged. On occasions we have to go through a battle before victory comes.
God chooses the most unlikely people for His purposes, people like the disciples with their varied skills and temperaments, Moses, Gideon, and David. They all had important common qualities however; courage, faith, godly zeal and they were prepared to lay down their lives for God. It is important not to compare ourselves negatively to other people otherwise we may discount ourselves. Moses was used mightily by God despite his speech impediment and when he was told by God to go to Pharaoh to bring the people out of Egypt, his response was, “Oh Lord, please send someone else to do it” (Exodus 4:13) He counted himself out.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous” (Psalm 118 v1 and 15)
We are all unique; there is no one quite like you! God has a unique purpose for us individually, only He can reveal what that is and how to fulfil it “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:v11). God’s view of us is very different to how we see ourselves. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon he said “The Lord is with you mighty warrior” (Judges 6:12). Gideon however did not view himself in the same way, his response when told he was to save Israel from Midian’s hand was, “How can I save Israel, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my family” (Judges 6:15). He too discounted himself but God had a great purpose for him.
We need then to align ourselves to what God thinks and says about us rather than how we view ourselves before we can discover our own unique assignment. God chose us and loves us just as we are. He loves us not for what we can bring to him or do for him. We are on the earth to develop an intimate relationship with God. If our focus is on ourselves then we become selfish but if we focus on God and Jesus then we become more like Him.
The experiences we go through in life and the gifts God develops within us are never wasted. They are similar to tools which we collect in our toolbox. We can help and care for others because of what we have been through in the past. It is as we discover what God is asking us to do that we realise just how valuable and useful these tools are in helping us fulfil our assignment. The tools that are in your toolbox are completely different to anyone else’s.
Will you say “Yes” to what God is asking you to do? The consequences could be amazing and world changing if that is your response. Consider Mary who as a teenage virgin girl, was told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to a son. She risked losing Joseph who she was engaged to and risked the loss of her reputation in the small town of Nazareth. Because she said “Yes” to God, the saviour and redeemer of the world was born. What is God asking you to say “Yes” to? Remember that God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
203 Connect & Reflect
If you feel comfortable doing so, share the areas in your life where you need to see victory this year.
1. Describe a time when you have prayed and asked God for something and it has not been answered immediately. How did this make you feel? What was the outcome?
2. Describe a time when you have had to go through a battle before victory came.
3. Share with your group times in your life when you have compared yourself negatively with others and have felt inadequate and discounted yourself.
4. Consider Gideon. God’s view of him was very different to his view of himself. Have you experienced something similar?
5. How do you think God sees you right now?
6. How does your answer match up to what scripture says is God’s view of you?
7. Looking back over your life experiences, what tools have been deposited in your unique tool box?
8. What do you think God is asking you to say “Yes” to at the moment?
9. Pray for each other using these questions and your group’s answers as a guide.