I Am Still Standing
“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)
People who are experiencing challenging and difficult times will often speak a curse over their life and say, “I’ve been down so long, I don’t think I’ll ever get up.” As a Christian, I find comfort in Paul’s words. They encourage me. Paul tells us that we may be: (1) pressed, but we will not be crushed; (2) perplexed, but not in despair; (3) persecuted, but not abandoned by God; and (4) struck down, but not destroyed.
In sessions with my clients, I teach them to speak God’s Word over themselves and their family. I stress that when we talk about spiritual warfare, trials or challenges, they need to say: “I have been bruised and wounded, but by God’s grace, I am still standing.” I emphasize the importance of turning to God whenever they face trials and difficulties. I remind them to walk in the Spirit and fight the good fight of faith. Together, we read the Scriptures that tell us the victory has already been won. I recount the fact that Satan is a stubborn loser and refuses to accept that he has already lost. I remind them that on the cross Jesus won, and in Christ, we win every time!
Child of God, in the midst of trials, speak boldly to Satan and tell him, “In the name of Jesus, I will not be afraid!” Stand on God’s Word and confront Satan with the Word of God and he will flee from you. Before the trial is over, praise God for the victory that is yours and walk it out. See your problems as just another opportunity to develop your faith and to grow spiritually. Whenever you hear someone say they feel overwhelmed, depressed and beaten down, share this verse or this devotional. Be an encourager. Share your testimony with others. Remind them to speak the truth of God’s Word over their life. Teach them that in the midst of trials, to say with a thankful heart, “I have been bruised and wounded, but by God’s grace, I am still standing.”
Father, thank You the truth of Your Word that promises me that I am covered by the blood of Jesus. His blood guarantees me victory and the power to overcome any test or trial. Holy Spirit, in the midst of trials, help me remember that I win every battle. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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