Down but Not Out

down but not out

We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 GNT

There are times when we let our emotions get the best of us. They can often take over and get us out of the flow and presence of God. Every day isn’t perfect, our circumstances aren’t perfect, and the people we encounter on a daily basis aren’t perfect, so it’s easy to be moved by what we feel rather than what we know to be true, which is God’s Word. God promises that the righteous will never be forsaken (see Psalms 37:25), so even if we as Christians have to suffer for a while, God is just to deliver us victoriously. 

In Psalms 23, the Psalmist David said that even though he goes through the valley of the shadow of death, he isn’t afraid because God is with him. God eventually makes everything alright. David experienced firsthand that life wasn’t a cakewalk, but even through the troubling times, which there were many for him, he knew that God was with him. You need to have the same mindset—God is with me no matter what the circumstance is. When you feel He’s not there, He is right there beside you; when you feel He’s not working, you need to say in faith, “God is working on this situation RIGHT NOW. It’s natural to be moved by your circumstances at first sight because you’re human, but you have the Spirit of God working on the inside of you which should make you more secure in knowing that whatever is going on will pass. You don’t know when the problem will be solved, but as a child of God, you need to exercise your faith knowing that your Father will take care of it in His timing.  You must have faith, trust, and believe that you will be delivered just as David believed he would be delivered.

John 10:10 says that the thief has come to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came that you might have life and have it abundantly until it overflows. The devil’s job is to take you out in any way he can, so he will throw every negative situation at you all at once to get your eyes off of Jesus.  A maturing Christian knows that “I may be down, but I’m not out because I have Jesus on my side and He loves me too much to keep me where I am. My eyes are on Him and nothing else matters.”  Jesus said that troubles will come, but you are to cheer up because He has overcome the world (see John 16:33). You may be going through something, but be thankful you’re going “through” with God. With Him there’s always victory!

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