Ok, I have a confession to make…I love Katy Perry (some people have claimed we are twins, but I think the only thing we have in common is our pastor dads and affinity for cupcake bras). Her songs are just so catchy and fun.  I mean, c’mon, how can you not sing along with teenage dream.

Every now and then you stumble across a mainstream song and you can find the underlying “Jesus” message in it.  “Roar” is one of those songs for me.  I’ve been listening to it on repeat, and I really mean repeat…like I hit the repeat button on my iTunes.  Last week while listening for the billionth time, I really thought about the lyrics. Here is the chorus:

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

And I began to think how true that really is of our lives.  If you’re a believer, God has promised us that we are champions.  Not that I’m a champion because of anything awesome that I’ve done, but because of what Christ did for me. One of my favorite bible verses is in RomansNo, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”(Rom. 8:37 NIV).

You’re probably thinking oh my gosh, she’s a cornball and maybe I am.  But since I already told you that I’m in a valley, any song that reminds me of God’s victory over my life…I’m a cornball over it.  While I’ve been going through this hard time, I need to be constantly reminded that God has already claimed victory over this hard time, my past struggles, and my future struggles through the death of his son, Jesus Christ, on the cross.

I heard this in a  sermon one time and loved it…Victory is not something we are praying for, it is something we are living in as followers of Christ.  We don’t ask God for victory, He provided us victory when He got up from the grave.  If Christ is in you, nothing on this planet will be greater than you or more powerful than you.

Although, I doubt this is what Katy Perry had in mind when she released this song…I am thankful for the reminder that God has already claimed victory over the valleys in my life.  I might be losing at halftime, but I know the final score. He made me a champion and now you’re going to hear me roar 🙂

For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. (Deut. 20:4 NIV)

 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. (1 Cor. 15:57,58b NIV)

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NIV)


10 thoughts on “ROAR

  1. Thanks Amanda for the great reminder that the battle has already been won and that even though life is filled with pain, suffering, and setbacks we are still victorious. We still win!

    It kind of reminds me of recording a game on TV and then going back and watching after we have heard the score and we know our team wins. When you already know your team has won there is no pressure, no anxiety, no need to get upset, mad or throw something at the TV. Your QB gets intercepted: so what! Your RB fumbles in your own end zone: no big deal! You are down 20 points at halftime: who cares! You just can’t wait to see how awesome the comeback is going to be and how incredible the post-game celebration will be!

    As Amanda’s post says we have already won! So the next time you fumble, throw an interception or make a bonehead play remember the second half is still to come! Focus on the awesome comeback God is going to engineer and anticipate the post- life celebration!!!

      • YOU aré so right jeff..and putting it in sports wording. Many can relate to that easier. It doesnt matter Who wins the games or NOT. It wont.matter in God’s eyes its the meaning behind the story
        Its how we it in our lives..God comes first and everything else that comes our way, he will take care of it in his timing and whats best for us..amen

  2. I admire you and your message so much, Amanda. Now, if I could just get my 19-year-old to follow in your footsteps. 🙂 Thanks and keep the positive messages coming!

    • Thank you so much for the sweet and kind words! I have appreciated reading your own messages of victory while you’re battling breast cancer. What strength and courage you have! And if it makes you feel any better, it’s taken me 26 years to get to this point 🙂

  3. I am encouraged by your vulnerability and positive attitude in the midst of this valley. I love the point you’ve brought up too, about finding Jesus anywhere, even in a KP song. I think we miss so much if we only search for him in the pre packaged church music or literature. He reveals himself in so many ways, usually in very different ways than anticipated. Truth is truth and if we trust Him enough to show us the way, I think we would be surprised where He takes us!

    • Melanie, thank you so much for reading and commenting. I agree, God is constantly looking for ways to connect to us and reveal himself to us, even through Katy Perry. I hope you all are doing well! Miss you all!

      • Great insight Mel and you are so right. It is so easy for us Christians to fall prey to thinking that God’s activity is confined to the church building and only then among “Christian” people. Kind of ironic that Jesus spent very little time in the “religious” building and had his harshest words for the “religious” people. Yet, he was about his Father’s business 24/7!

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