One of my favourite worship leaders, Steffany Gretzinger, posted a prayer for the new year: “More than the longing on our lips, be the living in our lungs”. It’s easy to spend our lives longing for things: to be closer to God, to know the Bible better, to have Godly relationships, to live like Christ. But over the past year, God has been challenging me to ask some tough questions: “Do I actually live in the victory of Christ? Does my daily life reflect the freedom and power that I have access to?”

If you’ve ever been to the beach, you know how easy it is to wade into the water, especially on a windy day, and look back to shore only to realize that you’re no longer where you thought you were. The danger of the current is that it’s often so subtle, you don’t even notice that you’re being drawn in the wrong direction. If you don’t fix your eyes on solid ground and constantly realign yourself to that spot, you’ll soon find yourself halfway down the beach.

In the same way, it’s so easy to “drift” with the ebb and flow of our daily lives. Andy Stanley’s “Principle of the Path” says that direction, not intention, determines our destination. Good intentions are not strong enough to change where we’re headed – if we don’t constantly fix our eyes on Jesus and actively move towards Him, we’ll gradually drift away. Part of the power of fasting lies in its interruption of our daily routine; it forces space in our lives, and reminds us to refocus our direction. Our hearts and minds are so easily distracted and led astray that we need to choose Jesus again and again, every day. Small, regular moments in His presence set a foundation to weather future storms, and thereby change the trajectory of our lives.

My prayer is that as we fix our eyes on unchanging Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, our longing to encounter Him would be ignited into living in His Victory.

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26)

Check out this great new song by Bethel Music: “Victory is Yours”

Steph Peterson

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