Down, but Never Out
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NIV)
We all face hardship, trials, temporary setbacks and difficulties in both our personal and professional lives. God’s Word tells us that trials and temptations will come, but this verse encourages me. I’m comforted and have confidence that when I:
(1) face hardship and pressure from every side, I will not be crushed (2) encounter difficult situations, people around me are out of control and things do not make sense, I will not feel despair (3) am surrounded by others who refuse to step up and carry their load or fail to honor a commitment, I will not feel alone (4) encounter “Goliath-sized” problems and experience a setback, I will not be defeated or destroyed (5) am under attack by every weapon in Satan’s arsenal, I may be wounded, but I will not give up (6) grow tired and weary, I will not cave in or quit (7) feel like everything is hopeless, I will not take my eyes off Jesus and the Word of God.
I know that I win every time as long as I walk in the love and grace of God. As a Child of Light, I will not be intimidated, controlled or manipulated by forces of darkness. I will pursue and take hold of every promise God made to me in His Word. I know that I will never walk alone, that the Spirit of God and His angels are with me. I’m always armed and ready and refuse to back down from Satan. When spiritual warfare comes, I say to Satan, it is written, “Greater is He who lives within me than you who are in this world.” Satan, I put you on notice, “I’m coming after you. Get ready for a fight. The victory is mine and the battle has already been won. I refuse to walk in fear. I find confidence knowing that you may knock me down, but you will NEVER knock me out!”
Lord, thank you for your Word of Truth and Grace. Jesus, your sacrifice on the cross settled the battle with Satan for all time. Satan, with Jesus on my side, you lose. I will not give up, cave in or quit no matter what. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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