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Living in God's Power-Introduction (with podcast episode #17)


Do you know there are tools to become an overcomer and to live in victory, not defeat or lack? Yes, there are many ways. 

I am reading a book, titled, Living in God's Power, Finding God's Strength for Life's Challenges, by Bill Hybels. It's a book we used for my church's life group. In case you don't know, life groups are small church groups that come together at designated times throughout each month, to support and strengthen each other, as well as, enable people to experience a closer relationship to God by highlighting scripture and studying a chosen book. Anybody is invited. I have been a part of life groups for almost 20 years now and I know their positive effects. My life has been richer because of them.

For the next 7 podcast episodes/podcast blog posts, I will conduct a 7-week podcast "book study" about Hybels' book. It is my prayer that you will impacted by it as much as I have been. Today's podcast starts with the Introduction, written by Hybels himself. It really resonated with me. 

I don't know about you, but I have overcome hell and I am standing to tell you that you can too. Don't let past, present, or even future adversity or negative circumstance dictate your life. Let it be fuel for you to overcome and live a victorious life. God has you here for a reason and you can help others by the life you've lived. Tell others about why and how you're still standing. Tell other about how the Lord intervened in your life and made you well. You are a conqueror. You are an overcome. and you are a winner. The proof is in Romans 8:31-39, which reads, "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." It's all about not giving up, not caving in, and that no matter what life throws our way or how harshly we've been treated, we have the power to succeed, win, and overcome as long as Jesus in on our side. Be encouraged in the Lord. You're going to make it. Keep God close. 
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