Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: beacause he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength … The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just. Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness … LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, made all their memory to perish. (Isaiah 26:3-4, 7-9, 12-14 KJV)
There is an old chorus that says: “Without Him, I could do nothing. Without Him, I would but fail. Without Him, I would be drifting like a ship without a sail.” The main point that I would like to stress, that is essential to achieving victory in your life, is that the only difference between the crushing that brings anointing and the pain of defeat is the source of your strength. One must understand that without Him we are beaten, without Him we are defeated. But if we stand on the Rock (Christ Jesus) and He is our Strength, though the waves of adversity sweep over us, we are not defeated. Broken, but not defeated and we will rise again.
Sometimes it feels as if the devil quite literally sits on one’s shoulder all week, telling them that they might as well give up and back down. Let me encourage you by saying that if you feel like you have been in this place of discouragement or if you are going through some tough times that have you wondering if the things that you have been promised will ever be a reality, know assuredly that God is still right there and He will do what He has said He will do. Place your trust in Him. This is the first step to rising again.
I have stood in that place of defeat with my heart bleeding from the sheer weight of the pain. I have been hurt. I carry the scars from the deepest forms of pain. I have been broken. I have been cast down, but I have not been destroyed. Through a confident belief in the Lord, who created me, I have been able to rise again and continue on in spite of the adversity that stood in my way. The same will soon be true of you, just keeps eyes on your source of strength the almighty God.
It was February 2008, my then 7 year old son attempted to take his own life. How does a young child get to this point, and what does it have to do with victory? You see, 2007 was a rough year for my son in a year in which he lost a father due to abandonment and an uncle due to death in just a few short months. It was also a year in which he suffered through the attempted abduction of himself and his friend from behind our apartment building. Clearly, this a lot for anyone to cope with, let alone a child. The emotional torment mixed with the inability (due to age) to express what he was feeling, he did the only thing he knew to do. The good news is he is now a thriving young child with much to live for, including a stepfather who loves him and his first “real” girlfriend. The reality is that being surrounded with people that loved him and possessing child-like faith have been enough to aid him in rising again.
One must never forget that God is Gods always! And He is the Strength that keeps us going when we would otherwise cave into defeat and be destroyed. Victory is an attitude! You choose to be victorious! That is not to say that you will never be broken, hurt or crushed; but as the saying goes: the real failure is the one who makes no effort to get back up again once he has fallen. The devil cannot take your victory! He cannot make you give up or back down! He cannot defeat you if you do not let him! Why? Because you are not defeated until you stop fighting and that is a choice that you make!
Today more than ever I believe that it is possible to impact this world and make a difference in people’s lives. I believe more than ever that if God gives you a promise then He will fulfill it in your life! If He has called you to it, then He will give you the strength to do it and open the doors so that you can! I believe the Word of God is always truth! No, I know that He never lies and He never fails! You just have to choose to trust Him when logic is telling you not to! When everything says back off and things will get easier, march forward with determination! Why? Because sometimes a setback is just a setup for a comeback; and you never know when someone will need the support and strength that you have become acquainted with through your pain. How do you know God can if you never give Him the chance? How do you know that He is your Refuge if you refuse to walk through the storm? How do you know that He is more than enough if you refuse to rely on anyone but yourself? How do you know that He will keep you and guide you and protect you if you refuse to step out of you comfort zone?
I challenge you to take that step that you have been hesitant in taking! I challenge you to ask those questions that you haven’t dared to ask; and trust Him for the answers! I challenge you to step out and trust Him!