I haven’t been blogging for some time. So much change is happening in my life that I have not had a moment to sit down and write. Our family has made a major move and we are still in the realm of this transition — and might be for a while.

I have often written about trust, about faith, about remembering the hand of God in our lives, to bring encouragement. We all need hope.

Recently I have had that trust and faith tested as I walk out my hope of the promises of God. We cannot always see with our eyes all the promises that he has made to each of us. It seems the enemy is always trying to distract us with something else, whether it is poor health, poor decisions or just simple daily chaos.

Do you remember the movie, “Patriot“? In one of the clips it appears that the regiment of Carolina patriots are being defeated by the British military. The regiment feels defeated and is about to retreat when Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, picks up the flag and screams, “Do not retreat.”  He carries the flag as he runs with the last bit of energy he has left. Instead of retreat, the regiment is revived with hope and strength.

When a person feels defeated sometimes they want to retreat. That is when it is important to remember our position in Christ and that we are ALREADY the victor. When Jesus said, it is finished, he meant it. He defeated the enemy. Like a flag flying in the sky, he was lifted on a cross. How much greater of an encouragement is it to serve our Lord who died for our sins and rose from the dead with the keys of death and hell in his hands. We aren’t suppose to retreat- but run as a victor with trust and faith as our guides.

We are soldiers cloaked in the armor of God with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the word of God.(Ephesians 6:14-17) We are marching in victory with the captain of the hosts by our side. And he isn’t a weak defeated captain.

This warrior that fights with us and for us is found in Revelation:

“He was wearing a robe that reached his feet. He wore a gold belt around his waist. His head and his hair were white as wool — like snow. His eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like glowing bronze refined in a furnace. His voice was like the sound of raging water. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword. His face was like the sun when it shines in all its brightness.

When I saw him, I feel down like a dead man!  Then he laid his right hand on me and said, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am the first and the last, the living one. I was dead, but now I am alive forever. I have the keys of death and hell’.” Revelation 1: 13b-17 (GWT)

Sometimes I think we forget who our Lord is. Instead we look at circumstances or the way we use to do things or the way the world would expect us to react and we plan our future with that knowledge, instead of with his wisdom.

I heard an interesting testimony from someone lately which stuck with me. Apparently this individual had a vision. They saw themselves riding on a horse, but instead of facing forward they were sitting on their horse backward. And the Lord asked them why they were riding their horse backward and looking so intently on things in the past?

God does not encourage us to look at our past. He wants us to remember HIS faithfulness in our past but to let go of OUR past, whether it was past mistakes or simply the way things use to be done. Instead he encourages us to look into our future. Though he is the same, yesterday, today and forever, we should not remain the same since he has been working in our lives and taking us from glory to glory.

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it (perfection in the Lord) but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God , through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

So though I have some great memories and it is fun to reminisce about them and share stories of victory, I do not want to dwell in my yesterdays — good or bad. This is a new day. Instead I want to be as Paul and press on to what lies ahead. I trust that my God will walk me through transition. As a caterpillar is hidden in a cocoon before it has changed into a butterfly that soars in beauty and freedom, so I rest in his goodness and grace as He opens these doors of transition.

Then I will fly a bit higher in HIM. Amen

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

12 thoughts on “This is a new day.

  1. “When a person feels defeated sometimes they want to retreat. That is when it is important to remember our position in Christ and that we are ALREADY the victor.”

    Amen! Thank you so much for these encouraging words!! The message here has been flowing throughout the blogs I have read tonight. God is wanting to encourage us to keep going, to move forward, to not let discouragement defeat us, to trust him with our lives and our future, and to rest in him. AND, to remember that, in Christ, we are victorious! Amen!

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  2. Amen!!!! This is so important! What a powerful vision to be to light what we need to be focused on. One of the lessons I feel God has given me is to, “Never forget where you came from.” for the exact reasons you gave. Not to live or stay in the past, but see that growth, and see His hand for His glory.

    I am going to add this post to the community spotlight for Inside Cup. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I wish I had more moments on blog sites. Feel like I am falling behind. We are in the midst of finding a place called home. In the meantime our temporary housing has no internet access. Makes it difficult. Thanks again and God bless T.R Noble. Both your post and your heart that is shone through them are impactful.

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      1. Thank you so much!! When I am struggling I remind myself I am a foreigner in this world, that has helped me focus when life is difficult. I’ll be lifting you up! Would you like me to add you to the community prayer requests?

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      2. Wow. Thank you T.R. I am finally able to respond to this. I’ve been extremely busy. We made a move which has had so many obstacles in it. We lived between family members, living out of a suitcases for 6 weeks. Finally a house opened for us. Just didn’t expect it to be so difficult. Our stuff is still in storage. This has been physically hard but also an emotional rollercoaster. It wasn’t just my husband and daughter and I that moved several states away, but we are moving my parents as well. So prayers for a place for them to live would be appreciated. Its been stressful to be sure. I’ve moved a lot in my life but this one has paid a toll. Also its been a huge transition for my daughter. Praying GOOD friends come along beside her. We will get internet next week. YES. I do have so much to be grateful for. God has been faithful! Thank you for your moral support. I’ll hopefully get back to writing mode again and see what new doors the Lord opens in my life. 😊

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      3. My goodness that is certainly a lot!!! I know what it is like living in suitcases. When we were looking for places last year we also stayed with family while looking around. But it was just me and my husband. With kids, and parents added my goodness. I relate about stuff being in storage and the circumstances being difficult. We were looking at apartments and it took over 20 places. We were constantly driving back and forth between our parents and the area we needed to live in for him to go to college. A lot more difficult than what I thought it would be, and it was already stressful to begin with. I hear you. I’m not in your shoes of course ❤ but I can imagine. Continued prayers for you and your family!!! I'm going to add this prayer to the community prayer

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