Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)
Picture a battlefield. Picture bombs, granades, and shots firing all around. Picture others falling at your side. Some fall and are defeated
and never rise again.
Some get up from the place they are wounded, and get up, and prepare themselves to fight again.
In relating this to our circumstances we face everyday…which are you?
Are you someone who has been hurt so many times that you live paranoid of being hurt?
Are you someone who is just letting life pass you by, because everything you’ve wanted in life
hasn’t turned out the way you wanted it to?
Are you someone who has let the world decide who you are, and you spend your time looking in the mirror and being disgusted with yourself?
Are you someone who feels like, because of the life you’ve been raised in that your life is meant for failure?
Are you someone who can’t take a compliment from someone, because you can’t believe you are really beautiful or good at something?
My friend I am sorry to tell you, but if you can relate to any of these in your present moment…
You are defeated.
You are the person who is lying helpless on the ground after being shot. Your wounds run deep, but you are still breathing.
I need to repeat this…YOU ARE STILL BREATHING!
The people who can get up after being wounded:
They have been hurt deep. They have scars. They are in constant pain. But they also realize…
The battle is about more than fighting.
It’s a test of our where we place our hope.
Consider something God brought to my heart this morning:
I am someone whose had my share of being wounded. I definitely have scars on the inside of my heart.
I have been betrayed by many people in my life. I have opened my heart, and its been broken many times.
I have been rejected, I have been called a failure, I have a constant fight with my own insecurities.
I have a never-ending fight that God is real.
I understand when your circumstances are less then great, its hard to believe that there is any reason or purpose in any of it.
What God shared with me is that in each time we do become wounded, we get up and we walk a little differently than we did before. We still take a hit, but our hearts learn not to be affected as much.
God tweaks how we have dealt with things in the past.
He shows us WHO WE ARE each time we face something. We learn more about ourselves, and the
worth we have in Him.
Someone said to me the other day with a situation, ” If its happened more than once, what are the chances you are going to face it again?”
Wow. Not something any of us really want to hear, because plain and simple. It WILL happen again.
It will happen until the purpose of it happening has been fulfilled.
I know that sounds kind of funny to read ” until the purpose has been fulfilled,” because we seem to forget that we are in God’s plan…that we are just as much apart of the pages of the Bible as Moses and Abraham.
We need to learn that when times get rough, when we are faced with situations and circumstances, to let God change our attitudes AT THAT TIME. See the circumstance through God’s eyes.
We have to also be expectant that He will do it.
No one expects you to just let something go. But they do expect you to give some of it to God.
He has the power to handle anything and everything in our lives.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to let myself be defeated by the past, present, or the future.
God is in control of all of it. And He has made it safe for us to walk in it.
He wants us to live free, and not defeated.
I’ve had a lot of healing from just looking at it in the perspective that God has taught ME something more through this or that situation. I learn more of who I am, and what I truly stand for.
I learn about the condition of my heart. I learn the difference of how I handled the thing before, to how I handled it now.
And I gotta tell you, it made me smile with tears in my eyes.
Our greatest weapon that we have against defeat…
Is to GET UP anyway.
If you allow things in your life to bring you down…THEY WILL.
We have to smile and realize we are free from what we are facing.
It is something that is temporary, and it will pass.
We have to realize that there is something MORE ahead,
maybe good, and realize maybe not…
The important thing above all is to know
We are being prepared.
And we get up off the ground, and WE WALK IN IT!
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.(1 John 2:8)
The people who have no hope in this world are those who have never experienced it.
And will deny it exists.
I’m sorry to say, but the only way you are going to get up, is if you believe that God has more planned for your life, that He loves you enough to heal you.
I loved the story of the man who was found out in the ocean after the Tsunami hit.
He said, ” I have no house, no wife, but I still have my hope.”
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. (Isaiah 57:1)
Truthfully my friends, all things will pass away.
People, and possessions…
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.(1 Corinthians 13:8)
But the one thing that we have that is powerful above all things…
is HOPE. No one can take it from you…
unless you let them.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
He will WIPE EVERY TEAR from your eyes. Just give it sometime. Get out in the battlefield.
He’s already taken the hit for you.
And He got up.