Sunday July 22, 2007
A lot of people easily give up during the time of adversity when things do not go the way they expected. Instead of waiting patiently in perseverance, they get discouraged and weary. That’s understandable. Especially after a long struggle with an issue and having been engaged in fasting and praying just as we have concluded our two weeks fasting. But the truth is that if you want to achieve your full potentials in life and get to the next level, you have to be more determined. We have just concluded a two–week fasting and some people may expect an immediate miracle. This may be possible for some people. Others may have to wait for a while. Wherever you belong, God says to tell you – “I have heard you but you must stand”!
We all face life challenges. There are many issues that come against our lives one time or the other. We get knocked out on the outside, but God is saying to us today, - ‘No matter what hit you on the outside, learn to stand up on the inside. Your circumstance may force you to sit down for a while, but you must not stay down. Even when you are sitting down on the outside, you must see yourself standing up on the inside.
- You may have received a termination notice from your job.
- It may be a bad report from the doctor.
- It may be you are going through some crisis now.
- It could be some sort of set back.
You may feel knocked down and out right now. Beloved! You don’t have to stay down. Even if you can’t get up on the outside, stand up on the inside.
Proverbs 24:16 says, “… A just man falls seven times, and rises up again …”
Friend! Stand up on the inside and you will soon get back on your feet.
The text we read in Ephesians 6:13 says when you have done everything you need to do just keep on standing firm. Many of you have participated in the two weeks fasting and praying. You must have done your best, received all the prophecies, you have believed God’s Word and prayed. But right now it just doesn’t look like anything is happening. I have come to tell you today that God is not a liar. He is able to do all things. Don’t give up! Keep standing! Don’t put off the fire! Keep believing. Your miracle is on the way. God says in Hebrews 11:6 that He is the Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. God will reward you if you keep standing up on the inside.
You may be going through some serious medical crisis that you cannot stand up on your feet. Beloved, even if you can’t stand up physically, nothing can stop you from standing up on the inside.
May be you are surrounded by people who are always bringing you down, maltreating you, making you feel bad and miserable about yourself. Don’t allow them to steal your joy. Don’t be discouraged or depressed. Continue to stand up on the inside.
I know you are going through a difficult time now. No one knows about it but friend, God knows. Therefore stay standing on the inside. Yes it is not easy considering all the painful things you may be going through, but you can do it if you decide to do so. It will take courage and determination. You’ve got to act on your will not your emotions.
In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men went out on patrol doing what God asked them to do. But while they were out, their enemies attacked their city, burned down their homes, took away their possessions and kidnapped their wives and children. When David and his men got back, they were devastated. They cried until they had no strength left in them. The people even thought of stoning David. As David watched in despair the whole ruin, he made a decision that changed his destiny. He was devastated and knocked down on the outside but he chose to stand up on the inside. As the spirit of a victor came upon him, instead of standing and mourning over the loss, the Bible says in verse 6 that David “encouraged himself in the Lord his God”. In other words he got up in the inside. By God’s divine instruction, he decided to go after the enemies in perseverance. With the assistance of God, David and his men recovered all that was lost.
Beloved, your circumstances are subject to change when you choose to stand up on the inside. You may be sitting around waiting for God to change your circumstances. Then you will have joy, have a good attitude and praise God. But God is waiting for you to get up on the inside. When you do your part, God will begin to change things and work supernaturally in your life.
Friends, develop the attitude of a victor, stand up on the inside and see what God will do. Praise God in the midst of your adversities, walk by faith and God’s miracle working power will show up on your behalf.