Overcoming

Have you ever fell flat on your face in front of a bunch of people?

One Sunday, several years ago,  was a tough day for me.  I was under the weather and thus my balance was really off.  As we were closing the service, the youth pastor was praying for protection, of all things, and I was coming down off the platform.  I hit the bottom step, twisted my ankle and spilled in front of everyone.    Laughter could barely be contained; I had fallen in front of our congregation. 

There is a spiritual lesson to be learned from this.  Many people today are off balance.  Teetering in life’s balance and could be swayed either way easily.  Some are good Christian people whose weaknesses keep them off balance.  Others are non-Christians who at any moment will sway to give their hearts to Christ.  There is an enemy of our souls, however, who desires to make us fall.  He desires to keep Christians fallen and non-Christians away from God.  Satan is the one who laughs when we fall.  

It is similar to when we were in Junior High and someone would drop their lunch tray.  Instantly, applause would erupt to embarrass that person.  The devil gives applause to our failures.  As a matter of fact, as our lives hang in the balance, he is waiting to trounce on us and kill us spiritually. 

I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

A lion is a patient hunter.  He waits back, watches the herd run, and looks for the weak and sick prey.  Then he moves in for the kill of the one who can’t run away easily.  Satan is not looking for the strong as much as for the one’s he knows he can make fall.  I do give you hope.  If the devil is a lion looking to devour us, we serve the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who can devour the enemy with one word.  

We don’t have to be off balance.  We can be solid Christian people.  We can overcome our weaknesses.  We are more than conquerors through Christ.  I challenge you to ask God to make your life balanced and unwavering.  You are important to God.  He wants to see you overcome.

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