July 16, 2020
Well hey there, hello & thanks for checking out this episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show.
Super excited you stopped by & praying this podcast episode is a blessing & reminds you that God's promises for you are absolutely true!
We're taking a look at Psalm 60:12 - "With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies."
Sounds a bit intense, right?
But there is a whole lot of promise here for us, so hang in there with me while we take a look at just what God has promised to us from this verse.
God is always, always giving us hope. Always.
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul stated that 3 things will remain after this life has ended - and those 3 things are FAITH - HOPE - and LOVE. (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). The greatest of these 3 is, of course, love. But hope - it may not hold the #1 spot, but it made the top 3!
Hope is right there on the short list of what will remain, of what actually matters most, and that lets us know for certain that God wants to give us hope & to keep on giving us hope.
Let's find the hope in this verse.
If God were to say, "That right there, that's a keeper," which one of us wouldn't want to have that exact thing in our lives in abundance? Have it in spades?
That's sort of what He says to us about hope. He means for it to be a "keeper". Not temporary or fleeting, but something that remains. Literally, a "keeper".
When we read this verse, Psalm 60:12, we see one little word written two times. The little word WILL.
Can you read the verse just once more, to humor me, and put the emphasis on the word "WILL" when you come to it?
With God we WILL gain the victory, and He WILL trample down our enemies.
That word WILL is important.
You are going to gain the victory, my friend.
Jobless right now? Depressed? Friendships waning? Tired of living life as a single person who wants to get married and start a family? Angry? Grieving?
It's a long list of things you might be dealing with right now - things you are wrestling with, things you are bearing up under. But you've got this hope right here - with God you WILL gain the victory!
This is our key to obtaining and securing and receiving the victory. WITH GOD.
Are you flying solo? Or are you really, truly doing life with God?
Is He in charge of all of your life...or is He not in charge? (There isn't really wiggle room to say, "Well, God is kind of in charge...He is mostly in charge..." He either is or isn't...there is no kind of or mostly.)
It's a yes or no question...either He is in charge of your life or He isn't. Period.
We want the Lord to be in it with us, in our daily walk of life, and we do not want Him marginalized or ignored, right?
And that's where you will find this promised victory - right there and nowhere else (because anywhere else takes the Lord out of His rightful position and if He is not in His rightful position, how will we gain the victory?) Put God in His rightful place, fully in charge of the entirety of your life, and watch Him give you the victory.
So let's be sure to bring God in. Right into the exact mess, that very thing right there, whatever feels super messy in your life right now. Invite the Lord into it. The sooner you do this, the better!
Okay, here's the deal. Please, please pretty please do not lose the hope of this verse!
Hang onto it and don't let go. Hope in the Lord, in the reality of His faithfulness to you, is an anchor for the soul. Don't lose your hope!
First, we do life with God, walking with Him at His pace (key point here - HIS PACE! Not our own pace & not the pace others want your life to move at) & then He gives you the victory, then He tramples down all your enemies.
And keep in mind that when you march to the beat of your own drum, it means you're a little bit different...that people can't get you to do what they want you to do when they want you to do it - because you're marching to the beat of your own drum, and aren't marching to their drumbeat.
It's similar when you march to the beat of the Lord's drum for your life - not everyone will understand or approve. That's to be expected! But stay close to Jesus, and He'll take the sting out of that sense of being "different" than people would like you to be.
When we do life with the Lord, we get to gain the victory alongside the Lord. READ THAT AGAIN...
We also get to watch, from a place of complete and total safety & security, while God tramples down our enemies. Those enemies could be fear or work issues or health problems or relationships - could be a lot of things. That word "ENEMY" is a broad word.
Keep trusting Him! Keep hoping in Him! Believe you will see Him trampling down those enemies. Because, after all...won't He do it? Oh, yes, He most certainly will!
Lord bless & see you back here next time!
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