tuesday 29th may | battles and blessings

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

ephesians 6:19

 thought for the day

On 6th June 1944 Allied soldiers stepped out from armoured boats onto the beaches of Normandy under heavy fire from the Nazi German forces. This has become known as D day, it was the day that the liberation of France began, this one event turned the tide of the war in favour of the Allies. From this day onwards victory was on the side of the allied troops, they were already part of the winning side. The actual victory was not claimed by the allies until 8th May 1945, VE Day, when the Allies formally accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany. There were 11 months between the day when the allies knew that they were the winning side and the day when victory was finally consecrated. But there were more casualties in this period between victories than at any other time during the war.

Jesus won victory on the cross 2000 years ago, however we are still awaiting the full consecration of that victory when Jesus will return to make all things new. We are between the victory won on the cross and the final victory at the end of time.

So during exam period it might feel like you’re experiencing both the blessings of God and the battles of life, and we live in a time when we should expect both. But we know that we’re on the winning side and Jesus has the final victory both now and forever. Putting things into this perspective helps takes our eyes off the things in our life like exams and deadlines up towards God, who has already won!

Study Space is running from 22nd May to the 7th June every Tuesday – Thursday from 9 till 5. It’s a space to revise and study for the exams with free tea, coffee and biscuits and the chance to pray with the staff team at 9am and 3pm.

Come along to STC Sheffield for Study Space this Exam Period.

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