Living Victoriously

Colossians 3:1 “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”

     When my mother was still living, I used to fly up to Washington State often to visit her.  On one of those flights, the weather was rainy and the clouds were overcast. As the plane took off we began to slowly ascend upward.  Through those gray clouds we traveled, not being able to see anything, until suddenly we burst forth to the beautiful blue sky and bright sunshine above.  Those clouds that were gray on the underside now billowed in a layered expanse of shining white on the topside.  What beauty !  Soon we flew over a mountainous area which we could not see, except off in the distance I observed the peaks of some larger mountains rising above the layer of clouds.  It was as if they were leaving the grayness below, reaching upward to soak in the glorious rays of the sun.  As I pondered those mountain peaks, my mind began to compare them to us as Christians.
     How often we stay under the clouds, where life looks gray and gloomy; where fog and mist make it difficult for us to see clearly; where self-centeredness is master and we see God through a “glass darkly.” I Corinthians 13:12.  But our Omnipotent Heavenly Father has not moved or changed.  He is still Lord and Master of the universe and heavens.  The rays of God’s goodness, lovingkindness and faithfulness are still shining; it’s just that we have failed to access them.  We need to reach upward through the clouds and mist, just like those mountain peaks and feel the warm rays of God’s love and the see the blue expanse of His majesty and power.  “But how?” you may ask. “I have no strength.”
     God has given us two specific avenues to reach Him.  First, His Word, the Bible.  Read it. Read it every day.  Long or short, many chapters, or just a few verses, but read it.  God’s Word is “living” (Hebrews 4:12) and that means we can always learn new truths as the Holy Spirit teaches us.  It is filled with instruction, encouragement, and hope to give us strength and guidance. “Seek those things which are above.” Colossians 3:2  Grasp some encouraging word and carry it about with you throughout the day.
     Next pray–always, everywhere and in everything. “Pray without ceasing,” ( I Thessalonians 5:17) not always doing the talking, but also quietly listening, so God can speak to you in your heart and mind.  Ask others to pray for you, too, especially when you feel extra weak or have a special need. “Pray one for another.” James 5:16
     My prayer is that as we read God’s Word daily, pray daily and strive to be more Christlike daily through obedience, that even though our feet are on the troubled ground, our hearts and minds can rise above the clouds and find the peace and joy and assurance that is always available in Jesus Christ. Then we can live a victorious Christian life.
Theme: The Better Way: Looking to Christ is Good: Reaching Upward to the Victory in Christ Jesus is Better 
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About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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8 Responses to Living Victoriously

  1. Michelle M says:

    You are an eloquent writer!


  2. Lirl Hotaro says:

    What’s up, Just a heads up that when I come to the homepage I keep getting send straight to the guestbook page, I’m not sure why but thought you would like to know. Especially on the home page


  3. Rich says:

    Thanks for the encouragement!


  4. Anita says:

    Such encouragement! Thanks!


  5. Anita says:

    I forgot I was going to tell you my parents lived in Washington state for years and I flew out to visit them every year. I know exactly what you were saying here about flying, going above the clouds and looking down at the mountains! There is a wonderful spiritual lesson here! Thanks for writing!


  6. Gail Slawson says:

    That’s great, Anita, that we can share the same experience !


  7. Melinda says:

    Grey clouds? You can rise above them Thanks for sharing, Mrs. Gail!


  8. Charlene says:

    You named your blog accurately!! This devotional is a perfect way to start the week!!


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