Do you see it in their eyes, too?
Tender, kind, gentle, loving friends who fell prey to the lies of the enemy.
Friends who waver in their conviction and knowledge of their victory in Christ?
Maybe it isn’t in the eyes of others, but it is you who is there right now. In a place knowing of forgiveness, making changes, and following hard after Jesus, but fragments of your past somehow keep finding their way back into your mind and heart.
If it is you, my friend, I wish I could reach across this digital connection right now, give you a great big hug, then look in your eyes (and make you look back into mine) and speak the Truth of God over you.
I’d remind you we are in a battle so stand firm. Hold your ground. Let the enemy advance no more. Don’t ever lose hope because even though he may win a few battles here and there, the victor was declared long ago when Christ went to the cross and defeated death. He is the victor and in Him, we are, too.
Speak Truth Out Loud
“No weapon forged against me shall prevail. I will refute every tongue that accuses me. This is my heritage from the Lord” -Isaiah 54:17
The enemy uses people, situations, and events in our lives to whisper his lies. Walking in victory is not what he wants for us. Rather, he seeks our defeat. He doesn’t want us empowered and living out our unique gifting and purpose in the name of Jesus.[bctt tweet=”The enemy wants to see defeat, but with Jesus there is victory! #livingredeemed #MomentsofHope” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Because, you see, if we do that, the world spins right side up and too much good prevails.
Therefore, his roadblocks are frequent yet desperate attempts to thwart all that good!
A quote by Suzie Eller I read quite a while ago, resonated deeply and left a lasting impression on me. It is a perspective I believe not many of us have when we face the ugly of life.
“We often give thanks for His sacrifice that removed the debt of our sin. But there is more, Jesus took our sins, but that same act freed us from the effect of others’ sins upon our hearts and lives.” – Suzie Eller
We have freedom, dear friends, from not only the sins of our past, but from every sin committed against us in the past, present, and future.
When someone casts judgment, it is removed from us.
When someone spews anger, it is removed from us.
When someone betrays, it is removed from us.
All of it. It is removed from us.[bctt tweet=”We have freedom from every sin committed by us or against us in the past, present, or future. #LiveRedeemed #MomentsofHope” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Soak that in.
Grab on tight.
And BELIEVE it!
Indeed, friends, you are free! You are a victor holding a slate wiped clean. Your mind renewed.
No matter who or what the enemy uses,
You are redeemed!
A Prayer to Live Redeemed
If you are struggling in this place right now or even wonder what is redemption anyway, then I urge you to begin by praying this prayer. And if you want someone to pray this with you, email me and I’ll join you in this prayer. Until then, I am claiming the freedom of redemption in all God’s children. Lives lived in victory. With joy, peace, and hope. ?[bctt tweet=”Not living redeemed?Start with #prayer! A Prayer to Live Redeemed #MomentsofHope #livingredeemed” username=”lori_schumaker”]
***The printable pdf format of this prayer is in the Library of Hope***
Featured #MomentsofHope Post
I know prayer isn’t always easy. Sometimes our prayer life feels bland and boring. Often, it’s about an over-filled schedule, but other times it’s about fears. Fears of inadequacy, lack of prayerknowledge, or of the authenticity of our own brokenness.
This week’s featured post issues a new prayer challenge. One that I think will intrigue you as I know it did me! What I loved was Jessica Summer’s heartfelt authenticity as she shared what is desperately lacking in her prayer life. And guess what? What she is lacking is the same kinds of stuff you and I are lacking, too!
“I have recently started a prayer challenge different from anything I have ever been involved with before. This challenge has forced me to stop and really evaluate what I want my prayer life to look like. What do I want my prayer life to be about? What are my goals for my prayer life future? How do I want to respond to what God reveals to me through prayer? Because the truth is, I can not continue on my current path and ever expect to have the close relationship with God that I am so hungry for.
For every woman out there looking for a living, breathing prayer life and relationship with God, I would like to share five goals with you that I am going after. These five goals are my “prayer life” goals for the unforeseeable future and I hope they will become yours too!”
If you are looking for a way to improve your prayer life, I know you will love the ideas Jessica Summer is presenting. And while you are there, would you make sure to share some #MomentsofHope love with her??
Before you go… Could you use some real HOPE today??
I’ve created the 5-Day Hope Toolkit: Claiming the Victory of a Hope-filled Life just for you!
(Get it here) I’ve designed it so that it breaks these 5 strategies down into manageable pieces.
In it, you will receive a 5-day series of Scripture prayers giving you a solid foundation in how to pray God’s Will through praying His Word. You will also receive:
- A checklist to determine whether you have a hopeful or hopeless attitude.
- A beautiful printable image with positive “I am ….” statements of truth.
- A list of my go-to books, blogs, and websites when I am in need of encouragement.
To get to your 5-Day Hope Toolkit, click HERE!
#MomentsofHope Link-Up[bctt tweet=”Join us for the #MomentsofHope Link-Up! Share hope and be encouraged every Monday! #hope” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Last but not least, each week I’ll be visiting as many posts as possible, sharing them to my Moments of Hope Group Board on Pinterest as well as my other social media platforms when applicable, and choosing one post each week to feature.
Thank you for joining me here each week to share the hope given to us through Christ. Whether your words come from a story that points to the full healing you have experienced in Christ, or its a story of the journey along the road to the healing you know He is working in you, it is giving hope to others. Your words matter and it honors me to have you share them here in this space!
What I ask of you:
- Share up to 2 blog post URLs resonating with the topic of HOPE. That which gives us hope for tomorrow and hope for victory. The little things and the big that inspire us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2.#MomentsofHope is a place to give and get hope, so let’s encourage others in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!