{grace wins}

Goodness!! Does anyone else feel like their heart went through the ringer with this election?!

I will come right out and say I was NOT with her.  ha.  So, the outcome of the election was how I voted.  However - I will say, I was voting more on principles and policies than I was for the actual person running.  I've always considered myself "unaffiliated"... but as I get older, I'm realizing I am, in fact, a republican.  But please keep reading!

I honestly can say, I felt God ease my heart two months ago... well.  Actually.  Probably a year ago, I clearly remember texting my mom and saying "you know, I really think Donald Trump will be our next president.  Do I want him to be?  Not really.  But I think he will be."  We both laughed at the thought, and went on.  Flash forward to a couple months ago, as I was praying.  Praying for our country and just the possibility of it being ran by Hillary Clinton (who at one time I was somewhat of a fan of - but the past few years.  Goodness.  Let's just say, she completely lost my respect).  Anyway, I clearly felt God place on my heart who was going to be the president. 

I know there is a lot of fear that comes with this outcome for a lot of people. 

I've seen a lot of posts on social media filled with hate and bitterness.  Regarding how "hate won"  "racism won",  etc. 

But.  I'm here to tell you.  The fight has already been fought.  The victory has already been won.  Love won a long time ago.  Grace continues to win daily as it is poured out over all of us.  God loves each person on this planet, more than we can even fathom... whether you like it or not.  He won.  He defeated hate, racism, and other sinister things of this world many years ago on the cross.  Love won.  And His love pours over you. 

My prayer is this:  That the people of this country will stop buying in to the lies of the enemy.  That we will stop holding on to the darkness of this world, but will see the true light.  It has nothing to do with a presidential candidate, but everything to do with THE ONE who has already fought the battle for you - against hate.  against fear of difference.  against racism.  against homophobia.  against all hurt. 

I love the message translation of one of my favorite verses - Ephesians 6:12.  This verse is the prelude to the somewhat famous "armor of God" verses, that go into detail how God has equipped us for this battle - the battle against the enemy and things of this world. 

"This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels."

This IS for keeps, friends.  This is eternity we are talking about.  And, oh how the devil would LOVE to attempt to separate us with things that God sent Jesus to eradicate, to carry on the cross - to LEAVE on the cross.  We were not meant to carry the ugliness of this world past the cross.  I feel like I need to say that again.... WE WERE NOT MEANT TO CARRY THE UGLINESS OF THIS WORLD PAST THE CROSS. 

Will there be tough times.  sure.  We live in an imperfect world.  We are imperfect people.  And we are constantly fighting spiritual battles we don't even see.  So why take on the ugliness that has already been paid for?!  Leave it at the cross, friends! 

Ephesians 4, again in the message version, because it makes it so relatable to the world today!  Starting with verse 17, Paul lays it out pretty clearly for us...

And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go......
we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. ....
Don't give the devil a foothold in your life!

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