Down But Not Out

People that succeed are not always the most talented; they are the most determined and not everything comes naturally; sometimes, it comes supernaturally.  Daily life is full of setbacks, disappointments, sickness, obstacles, unfair situations and most people simply give up because the battle becomes too much.  However, when we choose to have a holy determination, no person, no obstacle, no setback, no betrayal, and no powers of darkness can keep us from our God given destiny.  God did not create us to give up; He did not create us to get discouraged when we face obstacles; He made us to be more than conquerors.  When He breathed life into us, He breathed victory, strength, perseverance, determination, courage, endurance and He empowered us to outlast every attack and repel every fiery dart the enemy throws in our path.  We are anointed to make it through difficult times and the enemy has done his best, but I am still standing.  What was meant for my harm, God is using for my good. 

Our circumstances have a way of weighing us down, and it is during these times that we must dig our heels into God’s promises and say, “Although my problems are big, I serve an even bigger God.”  Nothing that has happened to us can keep us from what God has for us.  “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)  As long as we live in faith, nothing can snatch us out of the hand of God.  It is darkest just before the light and the harsh season you may be in will soon pass.  “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”(Psalms 30:5)  A new season is on the horizon and the setbacks, roadblocks, detours and obstacles in my own life have strengthened my faith and my resolve.  Your new season could start today!

 Blessings, favor, and promotions await us when we walk by faith and not by sight.  We need to get in agreement with God; anybody can get discouraged or give up; that’s the easy part, but it takes a person of great faith to look past the things you can see to know and believe the things that God has promised.  I trust in God that my latter days will be better than my present days.  Isaiah 61:7 tells us, “Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”  What a promise!  Our guilt, our shame, and our troubles promise us a double portion of God’s favor and blessing.  Instead of focusing on our current state and what we are going through, we need to focus on where we want to go and where God is taking us to.  When life becomes difficult and you don’t see any way out and your thoughts tell you to just quit and give up, if you just hold on a little longer, the very thing that was meant to destroy you will be the very thing that helps you rise up.  The greater your challenge the greater your future.  A new season of God’s best is on its way and if we want to live the good life, we must live our lives to do some good.


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