the agony of defeat

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. ~John 16:33 (NLT)

defeat. despair. hopelessness.  chaos.

Ever been there?  Ever lived there?

“We cannot allow ourselves to get to such a desperate place that defeat seems like the only option, where defeat comes easy to us.  We were made for more.” – Lysa Terkeurst

Friends, we are made for more!  Living in defeat and despair is NOT the only option.  We do have hope.

Christ’s love for us has broken the shackles of hopelessness and despair that impede our progress, and the Holy Spirit in us allows us to live victorious lives.

Triumph.  Confidence.  Hope.  Peace.

Yes, there is agony in defeat…but there is peace, sweet peace, in Jesus.  He has defeated and overcome all of the things that get us down, that bind us, that hold us captive.

He is our desperate place.  He is our only option.

We were made for Him.

grace.

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