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  • Tina Samples


"the act of one that wins: Victory"

"Victory: achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties"

I glanced out of the rearview mirror and saw the large blue word staring back at me. It was

the well-known word coined by the famous Charlie Sheen - "WINNING!" A practical joke to my son from his beloved friends. There it was - written in bright blue car paint. I stared and for a moment something captured my thoughts. I asked God, "Are we really winning?" The battle that is? The entire way to church I focused on that thought. The truth is the battle belongs to the Lord - it's already won. The battle we must learn to conquer is the "faith battle."

  • The faith that all things will work out as they should.

  • The faith in trusting that God will provide all of our needs in this difficult time.

  • Learning to place our faith in God and not things or people.

  • The faith in knowing that God can heal, teach, grow, and conquer.

  • The faith in a Father that is far greater than any we have ever known.

In Timothy Paul writes:

"Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith." 1 Tim 1:18

Paul often seemed to understand the mystery of winning the battle - - - Holding onto Faith and having a good conscience.

I asked my son the other day about the sign on his back window. I asked if he was going to wash it off. He said, "No because it reminds me." "Of what?" I asked. "That I am," he said.

Now I had faith in that. . . I do believe that he is WINNING.

May your journey be filled with Faith

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