Feb 26, 2013

Tuesday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Hebrews 8

Good morning, SHINE girls!

As I was reading Hebrews 7 yesterday, I came across a passage that jumped right up at me and hit me straight in the face.

"He sacrificed for their sins once and for all when he offered himself." Hebrews 7:27

I had to read it again to fully receive the Power of this verse God was speaking into my heart.

Let me explain.

I have struggled greatly with fear. This is no secret to many of you because I have poured my heart into the pages of this blog regarding this very thing. I have also spoken to and tried to minister to many girls regarding this struggle and how He has helped me to overcome it.

God has given me Victory over fear.

However, there are days that I forget I am Victorious over this.

There are days when my mind runs rampant with irrational thoughts and scenarios. On these days, I am not "taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ", as 2 Corinthians 10:5 clearly tells me to do.

A year and a half ago, I mistakenly told another struggling friend: "fear is just my thing. it's my struggle."

Looking back to that conversation, I was so wrong.

Back to Hebrews 7:27...

God's translation for me, Jill Hill: "I died already for that sin. This is not yours to carry. Fear was nailed on that cross with Me. Once and for all."

I have learned that there will be days where my mind will wander. It will go to those dark places of fear and worry. I am human, after all.

However, He has taught me that it's not mine to carry. It never was. I have a choice whether I want to "live there" in those thoughts, or believe His Promises and Trust in Him in all things.

My daughter told me just yesterday that she hated the night time. She cried and told me that she feared a bad person coming into her room and killing her. She said she prayed over and over and over at night and still felt scared.

I looked into her tearful blue eyes and asked her if she trusted Jesus to take care of her.

At that very moment, my heart skipped a beat.

In that moment, I heard Jesus whisper to me, "I ask you the same thing, Jill. Do you trust me? Do you trust Me to take care of you?"

Suddenly, I was telling her all of the things that I needed to hear for myself.  Every word I spoke to her was like I was speaking to myself in a mirror, reaffirming them in my very own heart.

I don't know what your struggle is, friend. However, I do know what it's NOT. It's  not yours.  It's His. It was nailed on that cross.

I'm not saying that we won't struggle. Oh, we do and we will.

However, we have the power and the access to walk in Victory because of Him.

Do you find yourself saying the same prayer over and over regarding a particular struggle? If so, let me encourage you: He's already heard that prayer and He's already answered, my friend.

He answered it on that cross. Once and for all.

"therefore, He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them." Hebrews 7: 25

Walk with me today in Victory, sweet friend. You don't have to feel victorious to know it's True. It's just True. God's Word tells us so.

"For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin." Romans 6:6-7

once and for all,


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