To say that this has been an interesting month would be putting it mildly. Lots of things to celebrate (my birthday, my Dad’s 85th birthday, friend’s accomplishments, the Magazine’s 6th anniversary…) and there’s stuff going on that’ll make you want to cry. I want to challenge you (and me) to go ahead and find a way to laugh today. Dig down deep and find a stream of joy. See, If the enemy can rob us of our joy, he will rob us of our strength. The joy of the Lord IS our strength and in His presence, there is fullness of joy… fullness of strength! His strength, that joy, and His love and faithfulness will get us through the toughest moments and propel us into peace and manifested victory.
Listen, it doesn’t matter what things looks like, It doesn’t matter what the enemy says. It doesn’t matter what it feels like or what you feel is going to happen. God will prevail & we must stay positioned, stay prepared and seize the opportunity for victory. I didn’t just get that from the dramatic victories experienced by the MSU Spartan’s and the Detroit Lion’s this past weekend- although they did serve as a reminder. But I got it because it seems like every time I turn around, the enemy is throwing low blows, challenging my faith- my belief- perverting the truth, attacking those closest to my heart. I have to keep reminding myself that I’m the champion! Me! Neither the harassment of the enemy nor my feelings or circumstances determine outcomes. Although the enemy looks like he is winning, he doesn’t get to determine my position, my stance, my countenance, my moves and he does not get to win– Period. I am fully prepared, fully trained, fully equipped to win- even against the odds. I know that at any second, on any day, an opportunity for God to show out in my life is going to show up! Spectacular! Impactful! Game changing! I’m ready for it. I’m looking for it. I’ve trained for it. I’m prepared for it! Don’t play with me today!
When you are challenged, when you’ve had the wind knocked out of you, when it hurts to breathe- breathe you must. You were given this life because you, whether you feel like it or not- whether you choose to believe it or not, are strong enough to live it! Know that! Know the truth. The enemy is afraid- afraid you’ll finally get unleashed- afraid that the real ‘God-designed’ you will emerge. he is afraid of your power, your influence, your impact- afraid you’ll wake up and declare God’s word- afraid you’ll see that you (with God) are so much stronger, more powerful, more amazing, more creative, more inspiring, more equipped,… than he is! That is why he comes at you- at your family and the people and things closest to your heart- to distract you from truth and to make you lose your hope, your passion and your effectiveness. Ugh! he does not get to win!
So hey, don’t you quit! Don’t you give up! Don’t you buckle under the pressure or the pain. Know and stand on the word of God! Don’t you expect or accept defeat. Don’t question your ability! Don’t you give up on what God said- on what He promised! Even if it looks like you’re losing, you’re not. Even if it seems as if the Word isn’t working, it is. Even if it appears there isn’t enough time for a comeback, there is. Even if it looks like there is just no way, there is a way. Even if everyone has counted you out… you’re all up in the mix. Positioned. Equipped. Prepared. Mentally tough. Fortified. Expectant. Look for the opportunity to win. Here it comes. 10, 9, 8… Manifested Victory!
Don’t you play with me today.