- Recently I re-visited the first scripture the Lord gave me in 1986 after I gave my life to Him.
- Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Herbrews 12:1-3
- At the time I was in an abusive relationship. My husband was an alcoholic and I suffered physical and mental abuse. I searched the Word to see what God had to day about marriage. I was actually looking for a "loop hole" to get out of the marriage, to be excused from the marriage. I wanted to do what was pleasing to the Lord and make choices based on His Word. I had already made lots of not so good choices that's how I ended up where I was.
- The first thing the Lord revealed to me was that the answer for every situation is to keep my eyes on Jesus. Focus on Him not the circumstances around me. That was my goal. It was not my responsibility to fix my husband, to try to get him saved or even to make him quit drinking. Jesus is always the answer. He is our all in all. I began to worship Jesus. I played worship music in the house and in the car. All I wanted was more of Jesus. I worshiped Him almost every waking hour and as I did I could almost literally look behind me and see "the junk" falling off of me laying on the ground. Jesus was healing my broken heart. He was renewing my mind from stinking thinking. He was giving me faith and a hunger for more of Him. He was giving me his unconditional love and acceptance. He was giving me courage and strength to go on following Him.
- The second thing the Lord revealed to me was to get away from the abuser. It is never a good choice to stay with someone who is physically abusive. I thought that I had no place to go and that I was stuck there. I felt mentally beaten down and my self esteem was very low. I didn't think that I could make it alone. I felt trapped and hopeless. Those thoughts are lies from the enemy. With God all things are possible. It wouldn't be easy but, with the Lord by my side He would lead and guide me to safety. He gave me the courage to make changes in my life. Hebrews 12:1 says, "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Come out of the sin that has us all tangled up and get rid of everything that holds us back from Jesus. My faith was rising and I could see a new life full of peace and joy. I stopped looking and listening to what people were saying and started listening to what God was saying. The Lord is love. His mercy is new every day. I love how the Message Bible states it, "Strip down, start running- never quit!" Strip down; take everything off, remove everything in our life that keeps us from Jesus. Start running; means to move, not sit back and wait for something to happen, it will happen as you go. Never quit! Even if if gets hard or if we make bad choices, never give up. Get up and go again. God is always with us as we trust and rely on Him. Never lose sight of where we are headed. Never lose sight of our prize, Jesus. He will give us the courage, strength and faith to finish the race triumphantly!
- We are Overcomers!