How do we break the cycle of living a defeated life?
God holds the key to breaking the cycle of a downtrodden life. He is the key. Today let’s explore one of five ways to get the key to a victorious life.
It’s important to know who God is. And who He isn’t. There are so many dimensions to God, if we studied who He is for an entire lifetime, we would just be scratching the surface. He is so grand and majestic our human minds are incapable of grasping His fullness.
But let’s do the best we can to increase our knowledge of Him.
Our God is a Triune God.
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are all fully God. Let me explain my thoughts on the Trinity. I liken the Trinity to a construction company. My dad worked as a superintendent in the commercial construction industry so this analogy comes easy to me. God the Father is the CEO of the construction company. No one has ever seen the CEO (Father) except for the General Manager (Son). The CEO (Father) has the master plan and the big picture. God the Holy Spirit is the Superintendent. The GM (Son) makes sure that all is going well on the job site by sending the best Superintendent (Holy Spirit) He has.
The Superintendent (Holy Spirit) gets the job done. His mission is to glorify and please the GM (Son) by doing the best work ever. We are His workers. With the Superintendent as our constant companion, He teaches us all we need to know. He comforts us along the way and He guides us. He is with us always and He never steers us in the wrong direction. His advice and instruction are always spot on. He advocates to the GM on our behalf. And the GM stands before the CEO and further advocates on our behalf.
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
The Trinity is a preview of the many depths and layers of our one God. Yes, all three are separate but completely One God.
God is Omniscient.
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!
The definition of the word omniscient is having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding, perceiving all things. This is God. Only God can fill the definition of this word. No human being can have complete and unlimited knowledge. No human can perceive all things. Only God.
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand.
I encourage each of you to continue reading the verses in Psalm 139. This is one of those Psalms that is good to read often. When I read it, it grounds me and helps me refocus on how truly amazing and grand God is. The Psalmist David tells us that God knows our every move – even before we know it. He is ahead of us and behind us – at the same time!
God knows every single persons’ hearts and thoughts. He knows us intimately – even those who do not know Him. His heart is for all people.
God is Omnipresent.
Omnipresence is being present everywhere at the same time. This is simply impossible for humans. Only God. Even knowing the definition of the word, it’s hard to grasp the fact that God is everywhere. At. The. Same. Time. Yet in Jeremiah, He tells us Himself this is so:
“Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.
Man cannot hide from God – not even in the darkness. I have had moments when I wanted to turn the lights off and hide from Him. I didn’t want Him to know my thoughts or read my heart. When we are not in a good place with ourselves, He’s still there. When we’re hiding from Him, He’s still there. In a strange way, this is comforting – even in those times I wish He wasn’t there. Do you understand what I’m saying? Even when we don’t want Him near, we want Him near. Only God.
God is Omnipotent.
Omnipotent is defined as almighty or infinite in power. Only God. Nothing or no one is stronger than God. He is power. The sun and the stars obey Him. He created the sea and everything in it. Even the most fiercest beast is His creation. Nothing can come close to being a true opponent to Him. Not even Satan.
From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.
No one can snatch us from God’s hand. What comfort these words bring to my heart! Paul sums it up perfectly in Romans:
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Knowing who God is and what He is is so important to walking in freedom.
He is enough for whatever we may be facing. Death. Divorce. Disease. Loneliness. Despair. Lack. He is Enough! When we keep our focus on Him, He is sufficient for whatever we need.
One final key to knowing God is knowing He doesn’t condemn us. Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. No condemnation! This should be a life-changer. Knowing that He does not condemn us means that we should not condemn us either. Let go of that guilt and shame once and for all.
We will continue to explore how we can move from living a defeated life to a victorious life in the next week as we cover the other four keys:
- Knowing God’s great love for us.
- Knowing and understanding the finished work of the cross.
- Knowing who we are in Jesus
- Knowning our assignment.
If you didn’t catch the initial post in this series, you can read it here: Set the Captives Free ~ Be Free Today.
Here is my prayer for all of us today:
Thank You for each of my brothers and sisters reading this with me today. We praise You for being so worthy and majestic. Today help each of us see a new side of You. Take us deeper into who You are. Show us those things that You have hidden for just this time to reveal. Father, we thank You for being with us and never leaving us. We thank You that Your promises are yes and amen! We thank You for being enough.
In Jesus mighty name we pray.
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,