Overcoming a Challenge

Amy had been studying Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," and the Lord placed within her a desire to really know Him--not just know about Him. Each morning she began to pray, "Lord, I consider myself dead to sin and alive to Your life that is in me. I ask You to take over."

She began to see that this worked. Little did she know, though, that the acid test was coming.

For 30 years she had worked for the same company and now served as office manager at one of their branches.

The company was upgrading all its managerial positions. They informed her that because she had only three years of business college and not a college degree, a recent college graduate would replace her. "We want you to train her," they told her.

Amy said, "If this had happened even two months earlier, I would have come completely unglued. But on the day when I was to step down, I prayed, "Lord, I can't handle this. I ask You to live Your life in me today."

"Two wonderful things happened. The Lord gave me His peace, and, wonder of wonders, I did not experience any resentment, anger, or bitterness. But then, how could I, with God in complete control?"

After that, the few times Amy began to experience a negative emotion toward the situation, she would say, "Lord, You're living Your life in me. Please take care of this." God always did. Not once since then has she felt any negative emotion about that situation. 

Thank You, Jesus, that You willingly live Your life through all who sincerely invite You.

"Offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master" (Romans 6:13, 14).