by Dana Peters-Colley
Have you ever had two relatives push you to the edge by competing for your attention?
Well, what if those relatives are named Winter and Spring? What if you finally got Winter to stop the nonsense, and Spring arrives with flowers and sunshine? She promises to stay, and you sing and do a happy dance! Then, screech! In the dead of night, Winter breaks in again. There he is, first light of dawn, parked on your couch, freezing you out—and in his pajamas, no less. Will this unwanted guest ever leave?
What do you do when the season is over—when something should leave?
If you’ve caught on, I’m not sharing about seasons at all but something greater. Some things come that we might welcome at first, but later their time is up.
Maybe you’ve given the boot to something, only to have it return to vex you. Maybe it was a habit you stopped, but suddenly, you were again in its clutches. Maybe an addiction or a situation you formerly escaped has snared you again.
We fight a spiritual war, not flesh and blood. James 4:7 tells us to “Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (NKJV).
Often this is super hard since spiritual strongholds are created by a repeated wrong response in a given situation. These can be derived generationally or be due to our own making.
However, Jesus died to give us a better life. We must hold on. He is stronger than all things and can break every stronghold. Our part is to truly repent and turn this struggle over to Him. We can’t be half-way in this surrender. Jesus really must become fully Lord of our lives.
In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (KJV). Notice, this version does not say “would have” but “might have.” So, that’s what I thought it meant. I found that more literal translations of the Bible use “may have.” The Greek word for “may have” is scheo, meaning “to hold,” such as: possession, ability, contiguity, relation, or condition (Strong’s Concordance 2192).
We must hold on to Jesus and possess the abundant life he brought us. It’s our possession. We are given the ability to hold it through our continuous connection and close relationship with him.
Through Jesus, whatever we face is never impossible.
All power is given unto me in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18 KJV
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About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.
Do you have a friend you want to receive Jesus into their lives? Do you want to receive how much God loves and values you? Do you want to be empowered to do the impossible? Then, you have to know who you are! Treasure will take you into the realization of God’s love for you as you discover you are His treasure.
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