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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 1, 2010 - Victory or Defeat … Which Will You Choose?

By Gary Rogers

A lot of people jump into the new year resolving to lose weight. We recently went to a digital bathroom scale. This particular brand gives your weight to the hundredth of a pound. This morning the scale read back to me 166.66. I got off the scale and said, “Great, I’ve got a staff meeting this afternoon, a marriage counseling session this evening, followed by a deacon candidate meeting, and a churchwide business meeting in two days, and the scales read 666.” It was like a cloud of doom lowered around my head. The outcome of the day was bleak, and the possibility of being an overcoming conqueror was gone. The 666 meant that the day was going to be miserable and there was no hope of victory.


That isn’t how I responded at all. I didn’t see the 666 and automatically think God had abandoned me. I looked at it and laughed, and said, “I need to go eat a piece of chocolate and bump that up a pound!” Attitude is so important. We can look for reasons to anticipate a fly in our soup, or we can see how things are working together for our good. We can search for excuses to fail, or we can trust the many promises God has given us pointing to our success. Attitude dictates a winning or losing spirit, which often determines the outcome of our endeavors.

After the death of 36 men at the battle for Ai, Joshua tore his clothes, fell on his face and began to whine. He said, “Alas, Lord God, why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all — to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Oh, that we had been content and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan!” (Joshua 7:7, NKJV).

Joshua was a tremendous man of God. He was a great leader and a powerful warrior. He led the armies of God in taking the Promised Land. But here at Ai was one of his lowest points. He actually had a pity party and questioned God’s love and protection. He declared it would have been better had they never begun to move towards God’s provision of the Promised Land.

I love God’s response. Joshua 7:10 says, “So the Lord said to Joshua: ‘Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face?” When you read the rest of the story, God told Joshua to get up off the ground of defeat, get out the sin that was in the camp of Israel, and get on with the task at hand. God refuses to lie down and roll in the dust of defeat and doom. God directs us to get back in the battle and anticipate victory.

Don’t let fear dictate to you the outcome of your day. Instead, look for God’s provision and anticipate His victory!

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Coweta, Okla.



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