Today I was saying a prayer and a statement came out of my mouth that stopped me cold. In Bible terms I think I would have said “Selah”, or “stop and think on these things”, so that is what I am doing.
I am always thinking about something that will be encouraging or thought provoking, sometimes I admit I have a little rant but not that often, right? Some time back I shared the story of Mrs. Audie Murphy and how she made her own place in the world after her famous husband died. With his death she found that he was deeply in debt and she lost everything, including her home. She rented a small apartment then she got a job in a VA Hospital and became an advocate for patients. I mention this again because it was a life-changing incident and instead of letting it ruin her she did something that made her stronger and helped others along the way, good for her!
There are many success stories like that one and we see times in the Bible stories that make the point also. Noah built an ark and weathered the storm, Jonah took the ride of death for three days in the belly of a great fish and when he was literally vomit on the shore of Nineveh evangelized them and saved the whole land from destruction at the hand of God. Daniel proved his faith in God after he was thrown in the den of hungry lions and had a little visit with them all night without becoming their supper. Just know this, and yes I know it is cliché´ but true, there is no victory without having to fight a battle my friend!
If you ever receive a blessing and a promise you can bet your bottom dollar that the devil heard it when you did and will try to fight you to the point that you give up right before the answer or blessing over takes you. Yes overtakes! Deuteronomy 28:2 “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” All of the wonderful things you can expect follow that statement, go and read it for yourself!
I quoted this scripture in yesterday’s devotion and I think it is worth repeating and remembering, Romans 8:26-28 “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
You may get knocked down by circumstances in your life, but you don’t have to be knocked out!