Year of Calling: Victorious

Week 24 Word: Victorious 

Week 24 Text: 1 Corinthians 10:13

Written by: Chrystan Ferrell

 

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)

My current season has me feeling tempted left and right. I have spent the first half of this year dealing with a gruesome issue involving lawyers, and what seems to be betrayal at every turn. In God’s way, the day this devotional was due (and the day I am writing it–procrastination wins again), is also the day that this situation has literally started to be healed.

Today I am feeling victorious. But let me tell you about yesterday.

Yesterday, I was breathing into a paper bag for all the anxiety and fear. Yesterday, I treated some people very unkindly out of stress and frustration. Yesterday, I didn’t trust God. Yesterday, I spouted off something negative on Facebook because it felt like my only outlet. Yesterday, I was feeling trampled on and defeated.

Here is what God does for us, ladies. He states that He is faithful; we won’t be tempted beyond what we are able to bear. He reminds us that we are humans, but says He provides “a way out.” Guess what that way out is. HIM!

Girls, in my humanness yesterday, I lost my crap. Yet there He was, reminding me in so many different ways that He is still here, working all things out for my good and His glory. And yes, maybe it doesn’t look or feel the way I want it to, because sometimes the path God puts us on is painful and full of sharp edges! But I learned more about myself and my God yesterday. There were no “burning bush” moments in this process, but there were people God used to remind me of my path and His faithfulness. People that forgave me in my humanness.

This is the same for the Corinthians. Paul reminds them that, despite the divisions and many problems they face as new believers in a dangerous time, God is with them. That God is faithful. That He will give them what they need to continue on their journey. I imagine if Paul had been with them in the flesh at this time, his speech would’ve been very forceful. I picture him raising his hands, using a loud, passionate voice to remind them that they are already victorious! Because Jesus defeated the grave, the battle is won.

So yes, dear sisters, the process of temptation (and this journey of being “in the world but not of it”) is so painful sometimes. I get it. May this be the reminder that our battles belong to the Lord, and because of that, we stand (or kneel) victorious, as daughters of the King!

Application Questions:

1. What holds you back from claiming VICTORY?

2. What temptations are you succumbing to in this season of life? Bring those to God for forgiveness and strength.

3. Challenge: This week, as temptations come your way (whatever they may be), we challenge you to claim verbal victory over it by stating, “This battle belongs to the Lord. Victory!”