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After All - A Devotion

After All
After All

Ephesians 6:12-13 (NLT)
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

After the battle, you will still be standing firm. I wonder sometimes in my humanity how we will ever go back to life as usual after such a long ordeal. How will the trauma left by constant uncertainty be healed other than with more time waiting? Will the battle every end or will we exchange one engagement for another? Will the evil rulers and authorities ever decide to stop coming against God’s Power in us? This world is definitely not changing for the better. Will the trials, temptations, and hardship ever get better or continue to worsen at the close proximity of Jesus Christ. Holiness has become an abandoned highway. Grace is nothing more than an excuse to many. I am not in any way condemning or judging anyone else but looking in the mirror at the reflection of my soul wondering if I will still be standing firm. After all of this will I be the same person? Will things ever be the same? What is can expect after all this over?

The battle that we are in will end one day. Our son will be completely healed of cancer. It is God’s Promise to him. When it will come I have no idea? How it will happen…clueless? I have general theories but pretty much have exhausted them all. Each cancer-free report has been celebrated as the last one. This has not been the case. The solution is total dependency on the Armor that God provides us to stand strong not in the moment, not through the storm but every day for the rest of my life so that I will be standing firm after this battle.

John 16:33 (AMP)
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Jesus Christ has deprived this world of its power to harm you and has conquered it for you. I read this the other day and it has stayed with me. I have to remember that when I am waiting for the momentary trouble that I am experiencing to resolve that it does not necessarily mean that the divine purpose has been accomplished. But I can be certain that as long as I have put all my faith and trust in Jesus Christ than I cannot be harmed and I am more than a conqueror. Jesus didn’t just overcome cancer. He did not only come to end poverty. He did not come to give you a better life now. He came to give you more life. I think the world is abundant life. You will have tribulation, trials, distress and frustration in this world guaranteed. Just because this one passes doesn’t mean that another one is not right around the corner. Why would Jesus tell us such things? I have told you these things so that in ME you may have perfect peace and confidence. Well, that’s reassuring. No really, that is reassuring for this who understand after all is said and done that we are safe and that we are overcomers in Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:29-30 (NLT)
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Jesus has given us right standing with God the Father. It is nothing that we can do for ourselves but rather an inheritance given by our Father. We are placed in right standing when we ask Jesus to come in our heart. The real task is maintaining our righteousness as it was given which requires nothing more or less than taking a stand for the Kingdom of God and demonstrating allegiance to Jesus Christ after all. He chose us from the beginning before there was any one to compare ourselves to. Long before we messed up the first time or decided to live our own life apart from Him. He chose us and then made a way for us to come to Him. The potential of this relationship is not limited to the here and now but forever. The trouble is my finite thinking compares my life to everyone else. I look at my mistakes as fatal rather than grabbing hold of God’s Vision for me that is futuristic. I choose lesser things when standing seems harder than I am capable of…until now. Now I must stand. There is too much for me to lose. I do not stand for just me but my child as well. Hang on! Maybe the Lord is giving me a brief glimpse into His Waiting Room where He does His Work. As He removes everything in me that separates me from His Very Best while I reach up for His Help – He is improving my life according to the Glorious Standard once forfeited by my rebellion. He is collecting my tears in a bottle and will redeem my sorrows for joy. It says right there in black and white that He gave me His Glory. After all…I have His Glory!

2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (NLT)
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

The Holy Spirit identifies us as Children of God. We are guaranteed certain things just because we are His Children. Every Promise of God for our life is fulfilled in Jesus Christ meaning the no was turned to a resounding “yes” the instant I turned back to God and stepped into right standing. I accepted God’s Glorious Standard of Living orchestrated from before my birth. God gave me His Spirit to enable me to stand firm in Christ. Whoa! There is that “stand” thing again. My life was planned by God to be more than I could ever think to ask for. It is called a masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10) I think it might be safe to say that this life we are currently engaged in is NOT a masterpiece…yet. It is going to take time. I have to give it time along with faith and trust in my Father’s Plan enough to take a stand for it. God wants to do great things in us and through us. We are destined to have a future and hope. We have the potential to live in complete peace and perfect joy! No matter what the situation we have been commissioned. We have been given the authority to overtake this world. If your circumstances are not infused with God’s Power, then you just have to take a stand. Do not step down or move back. You do not have to give up or give in to compromise. You have the power and potential to receive everything God has promised even more than you thought of to ask for. You are alive for His Glory. Failure, defeat and death are not glorious events but success, overcoming and life are of God and give Him great glory. You and I just have to finish the job.

I Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT)
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 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.

After all, you just have to be found standing. Standing requires endurance. I have been knocked down not once or twice but four times in my stand against cancer. The Word of the Lord is that my son will live and not die. Each bout of cancer lowers his survival rate according to this world, but My God, the One and Only True God said, “He will live and not die.” I have decided somewhere along the line to stand on His Word no matter what, it was probably about the time that I realized my worst fear and death came knocking on our door. When will you decide that after all, I am going to stand? What temptation will force you to decide? What trial will press it out of you? I gave up begin the strong one so long ago. I decided that I can be faithful and that friends is a full-time job. God is faithful so as long as I remain covered in His Grace and choose to stand in righteousness – we cannot fail. It took all this to make compromise unacceptable. How many times have I stepped off my faith and trust to embrace complacency and compromise? Not this time, I can’t. The stakes are too high. I want what God has promised me and I will not leave this position until I have it. The Word says that if we endure to the end – we will be saved. That’s what He’s getting at.

I Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Love never gives up. It waits for God’s Best. Love never loses faith because He died so it would be worth something. Love endures through every circumstance because faith makes all things possible through my belief. I must stand through the battle because I have won the war. What are you about to give up on today? Are you sure you want to do that? Do you love Jesus today? Then how could you not let Him finish the work that He began in you? He has promised good things. Sealed them inside you with His Spirit. All you have to do is stand and after doing all you must stand some more. It is not time to stop standing but plant my feet and refuse to move. I will be the first to admit I am tired of standing strong. In my weakness, He becomes my strength. I am weary of well-doing in the midst of constant pressure. But I must remember that He summons those who are heavy laden – He will take this burden if I will surrender it to Him. He gives me peace. Not like the world gives it only to take it back again. He keeps me in perfect peace when I stand on His Word, hold on to His Hope and stand on faith. I refuse to move. After all…I will still stand.

I Peter 5:8-11 (NLT)
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen.

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