Rising up out of the mire into His marvellous light; this personifies the Christian’s growth in Christ. God has made us to shine forth His love through His works and quiet hearts full of His peace and joy, no matter what the circumstances have been or what exists this moment.
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither life, nor death, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8: 37-39
The power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us, right now, and is capable of changing every single thing in us that comes between us and Him and His loving purposes in our lives. All we have to do is believe His promises, allowing Him to work them in us. And REMEMBER. That was God’s first command to His people, to remember His works, so that their faith would be strengthened and they could boldly go forth to do His work, depending on Him to breach the gap. He is trustworthy!
In II Chronicles 20, there is the wonderful story of Jehoshaphat simultaneously facing 3 different armies. His army was pitifully inadequate for the job. He turned to God in desperation, reminding Him that He is ruler over all the nations, and that power and might were in God’s hands so that no one could stand up against Him. God answers Jehoshaphat through Jahaziel the prophet:
“Listen all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf.’” II Chronicles 20:15, 17
Immediately, the king had all the worship leaders come together and lead the people in praising God for what He was about to do for them. Jehoshaphat said to them “ …put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established…give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Afterward, God confused the minds of the enemies Israel faced, causing them to kill one another. When Jehoshaphat went up to assess their situation, he was looking out on a field of corpses. They spent three days carrying away all the spoils of war!
God created us to be victors; we are called to excellence! He knew us and everything we would be, think, say, and do before we were ever born. He ordained us to be His people; all we need to do is accept that mission through the gift of forgiveness He provided through His Son, Jesus Christ. With that knowledge, there is nothing in this world that can stop us because God Himself is unstoppable! In Ephesians, God essentially tells us that we are His masterpiece:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He has prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:10
We are called to rise up, allow God to transform us, and shine like stars in the excellence He created us to be, no matter what our calling. Many times the world, other people, and even we ourselves will offer deadly discouragement about our abilities, our training, our attitudes, our past sins, or the level of our faith. We can still rise again and again in the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out Father God’s plan for us. From the shame of our history, from the shadow of many battles we have lost, we rise to a new day to new life, to His excellence in us.