25 November 2016 Last updated at: 7:49 AM
Devotion: Never crushed, not in despair and not abandoned
2Cor 4:8-9 ISV “In every way we’re troubled but not crushed, frustrated but not in despair, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed.”
Success comes with some challenges. However God has provided all solutions to them. God has made us to be a seed because we were born of seed of the Word(1 Peter 1:23). Therefore you may be troubled but will not be crushed. The enemy may trouble you just as he did to the early church but he never crushed the church. The more the early church scattered, the more the seed was germinating in all regions. The more the enemy thinks he is scattering you, the more you spread as seed to reach to many areas.Act 8:1,4 …“A great persecution arose against the assembly which was in Jerusalem in that day. They were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except for the apostles…Therefore those who were scattered abroad went around preaching the word.”
The enemy may frustrate you but dont despair. What the enemy planned as frustrations will work for you not against you. It will produce glorious things in you. . 2Cor 4:17 WEB “For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory.” He may have planned the frustrations to frustrate your assignment, but if you dont despair, glory will come out of the same.
He may bring persecution, but be mindful you are not abandoned. The Lord tells us that He will be with us till the end(Mat 28:20). In addition even the persecutions will work for you and not against you so dont feel abandoned and dont despair. All things work for us. Rom 8:28 WEB “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”
Finally Scripture says struck down but not destroyed. You may stumble and fall but rise again. To be destroyed is when you fail to rise. Those who learn to rise and continue the journey of faith are always winners. You lose when you quit. You win when you rise again and continue. Victory is not decided in the midst of the journey but at the end. Therefore ensure you rise and reach the end where your victory is.Pro 24:16 WEB “for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.”
In all these, the Word of God gives us strength(Phil 4:13) plus the Spirit of God who gives us power to move ahead(Acts 1:8).
Confession: I am the righteous of God.I do not quit, I do not give up. I am a winner now and always because greater is He who is in me than the one who is in the world. I am a success now and always. In Jesus Name.Amen.
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