Rise Up! In His Word 5-13-13

Rise up! In His Word 
We wrestle not against flesh and blood... even though some days it seems that is actually what we are doing; when we walk with God's promises and hope for His directing of our path we learn to let go of what we feel like each day.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Some days I wake up 'feeling my druthers' to coin a very old phrase. You know what that is; “I'd ruther not get out of the comfy covers,' I'd rutther' not have t go to work.... you get the picture!
When we rise up thinking we are ready for our day and yet start to grumble we can blame ourselves for being lazy, or for doing too much the day before, or staying up too late but really it does not matter why, what, where, or when. Each day we rise up what matters is Who. Whom do you talk to first thing, your self, You know,  the person who put you in the place you are in. Or, do you talk to the One who can pull you out of the pit and put you back on your feet?
Some things I have learned this past year with my 'series of unfortunate events', as I called them, is that I can make a difference in no ones life if I put myself down in the pit to begin with. I also can not encourage anyone else if I choose to stay down when I fall. Its really hard to feel encouraging when you trip over a curb while someone tries to help you pick up your groceries that just dropped out and are rolling all over. Yet you can do this! When the world and all of its troubles are weighing so heavy on you that you do not think there is a way you will get through the day; you can do this!

Sometimes food is far from where you are, both physical and spiritual food. You may feel like you are in a dessert place and all alone; but He will not leave you alone! You can do this!
Let me rephrase this.
With God's help you can do this!
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty of little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. Philippians 4:12-14

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves re like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driving to despair. We are hunted down but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

I am learning a glimmer of what Paul learned that we are to be content with what we are at in life. If I fall down I will get back up. The enemy will not defeat me! I will not walk around in fear that every step I take will be my last, instead I will walk with the hope of never falling again.
Now I may think of this on a personal and physical level today but tomorrow God may show me the spiritual impression of my falling.
For instance the first fall; I had the attitude of “I can do this” and I went one pain and all to complete the task before me. You can relate no doubt that in some part of what you are walking through right now you feel as though “you can do this'. I knew I had Christ in my life but I have to admit that only part of my I can do this was about Him giving me strength. And so I fell again.

My attitude was “I'm Okay”. And, “I will make it through this” with a little bit of “what in the world am I falling for?” stuck in there. Throughout the next few months I went from the first strong statement of “I can” to “I can't do this!” as the pain got worse, and the movement less. I had a good day at my workout and was on my way home with joy in my heart and a spring in my step when it happened. My attitude of trusting the Lord, knowing I had Him on my side because I felt so good would be tested. I dropped a half bag of groceries heading to the car and even as the store employee began to pick up my parcels I tripped over a curb and sat on the ground. Assessing my possible injuries I cried out to God “seriously?” Then I started to cry, then laugh as the scriptures from 2 Corinthians 4 came to mind. I may get knocked down but it is not going to destroy me! I may fall down but I will get back up! I laughed aloud and told the enemy he would not defeat me!
From that day I have had gains and I have had failures but over all I know that my God is with me and though I may stumble, I will not fall beyond His grasp. How can I say that? I could have been damaged worse than I was, but I wasn't. When my body gets down and worn out I can find Spiritual strength to sustain me. I find that listening to Worship songs as I walk empowers my body to go faster, to extend my distance and to do so with a spring in my step and a song in my heart!

The connection to God, and His words in our heart and mind can bring us through whatever we are struggling with today. We just need to seek Him, read the Word and follow His example to get to that next answer. It will be there, even if we have to humble ourselves and ask for help. When God is for us, nothing, no one,  no problem can stand against us, but we have to trust Him.
Do you trust Him today?
Dear Heavenly Father, help us all to trust You to provide our needs this week. Whether it is for healing, or food or a job, or a way out of a sticky situation. Help us to trust you more, in Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Readings :2 Corinthians 4:1-18, Psalm 56:1-13, and   Philippians 4:1-23