Life has a way of going from 60 (a mountaintop experience) to 0 (a valley experience) in a matter of minutes. Or as someone so eloquently stated, “Life can go from sugar to shit (if that offends, my apologies; but it’s a very real, very raw, very right now emotion) in the blink of an eye.” I guess this is why we are warned about having a haughty spirit; or thinking that we are above reproach. I am reminded of the Prophet Isaiah, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. “ (Isaiah 54:17).
I love this scripture because it reminds that no matter the obstacle, trial, or challenge it shall not prosper in my life. It shall not have final and ultimate prosperity in my life. It might be allowed for a time to appear that it has prospered, but there will not be final and complete success. That is an encouraging word. But what’s even more encouraging are the words of my pastor; “not even the weapons I may form against myself.” Bad decisions, bad choices, no matter the weapon it will not prosper. I know the devil believed that somehow the events of this week would somehow defeat me. I understand ultimately he wants to steal my joy, steal my peace, and infiltrate my mind with thoughts that go against the word of God; but I’ve gone through and came out of too much in my life to lie down in defeat. No, lying down in defeat is not an option because I am well aware of what Chris Tomlin sings in his song “Our God.”
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other. And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us. And if our God is with us, then what could stand against. And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us. And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.
Who could ever stop me? No one! What could stand against me? Nothing! Because I know that my God is for me I stand firmly on the truth that no one can ever stop me and nothing can stand against me. Like Joseph, what the enemy meant for evil, God will turn around for my good. The Apostle Paul encourages me through his words, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” What does that mean? All things — Such as worldly losses or gains, poverty or riches, reproach or commendation, contempt or honour, pain or ease, sickness or health, and the ten thousand changes of life; Work together — Strongly and sweetly, in a variety of unthought-of and unexpected ways; for spiritual and eternal good to them — Who, being justified by faith, and having peace with God, and access into a state of favour and acceptance with him, sincerely love him, having beheld what manner of love he hath bestowed upon them! So no matter what has transpired, its all working together for my good. Only good will come from this.
Therefore, I’m down for a minute, but don’t blink because I only know how to continue to rise.