I GIVE UP.
Probably not the words you would think to hear from a champion or a winner. In fact, uttering those words would mean the risk of putting yourself in a category of people who have the big L stamped across their forehead; Can someone say L-O-S-E-R? But what if I was to let you in on a little secret? That waving the white flag of surrender ultimately unleashes the conqueror inside of you?
My life up to this point has been full of incredible experiences. They are memories of deep joy as well as moments of deep sorrow and pain. As a Christian, I believe that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8: 28). I understand that in the moment of tears and heartache, it’s hard to see how God can use even that for your good, but He can and He will. It’s in my most sincere and transparent desire to encourage and inspire you to see Victory as a way of life…not just events that you wish to experience every once in a while. God has called us to OVERWHELMING VICTORY…but the key is through Jesus Christ whose love for us never ends and never fails.
That’s where this blog comes into play. Revealed8 is birthed out of Romans 8 in the Bible. The chapter alone has some of my favorite scriptures in it but recently nothing has caught my eye more than verse 19:
“For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will REVEAL who his children really are.” Romans 8:19 (NLT)
Do we really know who we are in Him? If we did I don’t think we would be moping around with defeat weighing us down. How we relate to God determines how we perceive ourselves. We are His children and He is our daddy. The Love of the Father is so powerful that it says in Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from His love. Nothing. Not death. Not shame. Not fear. Nada. Zip. Zero. His love is unstoppable. His love is immeasurable. His love is so strong that He pursues us until we are captured and then it tears down all the walls of lies that the enemy said we are. His love REVEALS our authentic self. We become naked and unashamed before the King and everything we have come to rely upon gets surrendered at His feet.
When we come to the realization that we can’t make life work on your own and we get exhausted trying to fake it by default, then we’re right where we need to be – dependent on God and his spirit…resting in His perfect peace. A dear mentor told me recently that my “work” my “practice” is to be in His presence and He will do the hard stuff.
So I quit.
Turned in my resignation papers to trying to work life my way. Do I still have tendencies to want to take my job back and wrestle with God? Of course! Especially during moments of fear or even times we feel like superman, we want to strive and be the hero in our lives. However, I know that true victory is found in the liberation of being vulnerable before the Father. The only way up is down in greater SURRENDER.
Only the real you will work in a real world.
This world is hungry for authentic people who are not afraid to share their flaws as well as their beauty. Understand that your gift to this world is to be unapologetically yourself.
This blog is an investment to the real you. The content will be filled with my personal devotions as well as stories of people who have inspired me with their lives, faith, hopes, and dreams. I hope that it motivates you to believe in yourself even when others doubt and watch the conqueror rise up in your life as you rest in the Lord. Expect to be blessed! Be Revealed!