“In all these things we are more than victorious, through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
Some days are so overwhelming. I feel the boxing match has started, but I am just too worn-out to fight. The bell is about to ring. Survival will transpire when the bell clangs, or when I fall down by knock-out. At any given moment, I can digress in fear and anxiety, or I can decide to fight back.
I am slowly realizing life is developed by one decision at a time. Our purposes and plans are executed the moment we say yes or no. The bottom line is – we do what we want to do. So today, I am choosing to fight back. I am making a profound decision that my days will no longer be filled with the enemy’s sneaky schemes.
Paul reminds us beautifully in Philippians 4:11-12, “I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.”
There are times when contentment seems to come easier than others. However, Paul clearly states that he has found the secret, and it is available in all circumstances. Self-sufficiency is the ability to face any situation by our own resources. As Christian women, contentment does not come from self-sufficiency but from dependence on Christ and His resources. The contentment that Paul describes is the self-sufficiency that grows out of trust in Christ.
Paul never allowed himself to get upset with where he was at the moment. He was always looking forward to where he could be. There is a unique balance between ambition and contentment. We must learn to enjoy where we are on the way to where we are going.
Today’s culture cleverly invites us to the boxing ring, making us believe we have to complete an abundant amount of training to even qualify. We must constantly sacrifice to ever get ahead, and train to the point of exhaustion to succeed. Gratefully, God’s boxing ring doesn’t require any of this…it demands an open heart of repentance embracing Jesus as the One who was knocked-down and perished by the clang of the bell, so we don’t have to.
We are more than victorious not by our ability but because God loves us. When I grab hold of that truth – I can enter the ring. Fight the fight. And win the battle.