By Peggy Lively

At the beginning of a new year, sometimes I’ll have a “word for the year” come to me and sometimes I won’t. I’m not set on having one. I just enter into the new year seeking the Lord, waiting to see if He emphasizes one for me. This year, it happened on day one.

On January 1st, in my Bible reading one word was repeated several times throughout the verses: “persuaded.” As I read the verses, I knew the Lord was reminding me to hold on to and believe the promises He’s given me, and this is why:

I have a whole list of promises in scripture that I believe the Lord has given to me. I have been praying fervently for and claiming these promises for five years now. Recently I became very discouraged that I have not seen these promises fulfilled and began to pray and seek God for some kind of reassurance. I began to question if these were really promises from Him or not. Had I heard Him right, or was it just my own heart’s desire? As I prayed, I asked God to give me some kind of confirmation that these were His promises to me and not my own.

As I continued to persevere in prayer, I found myself praying, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24) I believe the Lord reminded me to keep holding on to His promises saying, “My words will come true at their proper time.” (Luke 1:20) And “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” (Luke 1:45) That’s where this word persuaded comes in. I desire to be “fully persuaded that God has power to do what He has promised.” (Romans 4:21) Persuaded means, “to believe something, especially after a sustained effort; to be convinced.” I want to strive this year to be fully persuaded, completely convinced, that God is faithful to fulfill all of His promises.

Do you have a word for 2018? If not, maybe persuaded is the one for you as well:

“I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (II Timothy 1:12)

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

2 Responses to “Persuaded”

  1. Nikki Says:

    How encouraging that the Lord is reminding you of His promises to you! Your post here made me think of the life of David. I have been studying 1 and 2 Samuel and the life of David and I was surprised recently to realize the length of time between God’s anointing of him to be king and how long before he actually was king (and all he had to endure in between). God’s timing is truly His… not ours… but always perfect. Anxious to see/hear how God fulfills His promises to you!!!

  2. Tish Says:

    Thank you for this beautifully-written reminder that our timing may not be God’s timing for us. Thank you for sharing your struggle and questioning of God and his promises. We are so human and I, too, DO NOT want to misread God when He speaks to me. When I don’t get an answer in what I consider an appropriate time frame, I do question. Thank you, Peggy, for a reminder of my humanness. I think I will adopt “persuaded” as my word for the year, too. YES, YES, YES to Romans 8:38-39.

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