Writing with Kate Motaung five minute Friday
//What Does Victory Look Like?
Surrender can look so much like defeat. I can surrender into the enemy’s hand or I can surrender into God’s hand. I see now the countless times I have felt pressured into giving in to the enemy. My saving grace is the hope of Jesus Christ who has rescued me every time I verged on madness or incapacitation. The hours I spent weeping, praying and pleading in hidden retreat only to emerge with a new sense of balance and faith I accredit to God. He has sent friends, provisions and supernatural strength in the times I have needed them most. All of this has brought me to a pivotal point in my life. It is time to surrender into the hands of God no matter what the outcome might be.
It seems like it happened overnight, but I know it has built up slowly over years. When God makes a transition in your life, it happens. Suddenly you look and you are in the middle of it. There is no time to think about changing your mind. I wonder about the Israelites walking through the parted sea. Did any of them look back? When the waves are standing still on both sides of you and the enemy is chasing behind you, you don't look back. You keep your eyes focused on who is leading you.//
As Christ surrendered to the Father's will on the cross, all looked hopeless, like the enemy won. But He knew the Father’s plan and ultimately that was the greatest victory over death and Satan.
Jer 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope”. The Lord said these words through the prophet Jeremiah when God led them into exile in Babylon. He told them in 70 years He would come for them and bring them back to their land. He did exactly what He said He would do.
I do not know what tomorrow will bring. I may not know how long it will take. I'm not sure what it may look like. I may be misunderstood. I may look foolish. I may be hated. What I do know is that in surrendering to Him I will be okay.