The Second Attempt

How often in your life has a victory came out of a defeat. SOOO often I tell myself I’m going to be healthy and yet 99% of the time my healthiest seasons come out of a season of a total binge. EEK.

In real life – not just the cloud in my head where I think I’m healthy, victory for me has always birthed out of defeat. After I have sat in my self pity for a while and finally decided to strip myself off the floor one lazy part of my anatomy at a time, I usually accomplish the very thing the first time around I said I couldn’t do. My new found drive leads me to pursue greater things because I realise my failure is only proof that bigger things are on the way.

Joshua and the Israelite’s took two attempts to overcome Ai. Yet in true Godly promise they did it and God was faithful to every word he said.

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land. And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves. Lay an ambush against the city, behind it.”

Joshua 8:1‭-‬2

God is capable and often sets his people free in an instant. However sometimes overcoming life’s difficulties requires work – lots of work. This endurance and dedication refines us, it strengthens our faith and challenges our theology. Difficulties aren’t given by God. They are used by God. Word. 

Game Plan 1. Make a plan 

I never do the shopping. Why? Because when I go shopping our family ends in a large amount of debt due to my impulsiveness. Shopping by lists is the new way forward. When you have a list you are prepared, when you know the journey and the shop you are expectant for the vehicle and people traffic. When you have a plan you get things done quicker – refraining from distraction and impulsiveness. 

I’m a strong believer that victory is always possible when we combine God’s heart and word with his plan. So today if there’s something impossible you are facing align yourself with God in prayer, read the scriptures and make a plan. Relying on his voice and promise to deliver you. 

2. Game Plan point 2 

Friends, mentors, leaders. 

Get around these people. Penguins in the Antarctic make a circle. They huddle in tight to receive warmth from eachother. Each penguin alternates position so no penguin is ever left on the outside fighting the cold alone and no penguin is on the inside hogging all the heat. 

Be penguins. Huddle together. Encourage each other, ensure no one is left on the fringes. For one penguin can’t generate enough heat and neither can you. God created you to be in community so that when you couldn’t realise the truth yourself someone will come a long side you and help you figure things out. PS if we go back to the story of Joshua he had a whole army that overcame AI – it wasn’t just him on his own. 

3. Game Plan number 3 

Victory is always yours. When your in the middle of a rotten place it’s so hard to remember that God has set a plan for you in advance that tells of your victory. Sometimes it’s easier to doubt or fake it. Be real. Be authentic with God about where you are at. Be honest with him. It’s so good to always bring out best to God – but sometimes Our best is lying in a heap on the floor – in our doubt. That’s perfectly normal. However if game plan steps 1&2 have been followed then you should never stay there. God never wants you to stay there. God is constantly on the move. Sometimes it requires us to step out to simply see it. 

Lots of love SSL x

 

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