Luke 5:18-19 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
Make the decision to win regardless of the circumstances that you are faced with. The conditions were not ideal for the lame man of Luke 5:17-26 to be made whole: the thick crowd stood as a major obstacle, but his four (4) friends made the decision that he would win that day. Consequently, they cut through the roof and let down the lame man in front of Jesus and he was healed. They won by finding a way around the obstacle that stood before them.
One way that we can decide to win is to choose to find a way around or through the hindrance that is standing in our way. It was the method of the woman with the issue of blood who pressed through the crowd to claim her healing: it was also the approach that Zacchaeus took the day that he wanted to see Jesus, rather than being turned off by the crowd, he climbed up into a sycamore tree and saw Jesus.
A second decision that we must make in deciding to win is to never take no for an answer. When the Canaanite woman of Matthew 15:21-28 came to Jesus for Him to deliver her daughter who was demon possessed, she had decided to win so she did not take no for an answer. In her first exchange with Jesus, He told her that He was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel. What Jesus was telling her was that because she was not an Israelite, He could not help her. She responded to that by worshiping Him and said, “Lord help me”. Even after she did all of that, Jesus’ response was “it is not meet to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs”. What she was hearing was another “no”, but she said “truth Lord, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table’. She would not take no for an answer and because of this expression of Faith, Jesus gave her what she wanted.
God has given us everything that we need to win: the authority; and the roadmap that can be found in His word. Therefore, if we decide to win, it will happen, regardless of how long it takes.
Life Application: Decide to win by making two choices: find a way around every obstacle that you face; and, never accept no for an answer. As a result, keep asking until you get the result you want even if it means asking other people.
Prayer: Lord, I make the choice to win regardless of my circumstances. I choose to be victorious even when things are not going my way. I trust you to make things right. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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