Who hasn’t watched a boxing match at least one point in their life, whether on tv or maybe even in a movie? In a boxing match, there are regular “breaks”, when the bell rings and the fighters go to their corners for a quick pep talk or coaching advice on a new strategy, a little water/refreshment, and just a break to assess the situation, breath or rest. This is just good strategy in fighting ANY fight, whether it be in the ring, on the battlefield or even on the battlefield of LIFE.
You’ve probly heard the phrase, “live to fight another day”, maybe while watching a movie about war when discussing some sort of retreat, and that’s what I’m talking about here. In the boxing match, one person is usually tired and weakened from taking too many hits, and most would know when to give up and “stay down”, instead of fighting to the death. I’m not talking about loosing a battle, for in boxing there has to be a “winner” in any match, but I’m talking about knowing when you NEED to “stay down”, to not get up again and fight when you are so weakened that more loss would take place.
Once again, as it always seems to be, i’m faced with unbeatable situations and yet like any human would do, i keep fighting, gaining small victories and then to be pushed down again, and again, battered from all sides, attacks from every direction, and i keep getting up to fight some more, not realizing how weak i really am and what ground i’m loosing by claiming that, “i am strong enough to handle it”
Joel 3:10 says to “let the weak say I am strong” but this is not speaking that we need to be strong in our own strength. 2 Corinthians 12:10 says: “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ”
Well i can tell you that i have not been DELIGHTING in my weaknesses lately but am coming once again to the end of myself, needing to fall on my knees and realize i have nothing apart from Christ to handle ANYTHING. I love that God’s word tells us over and over againt that He will supply us with strength when we are weak ( “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29), and that all i have to do is ask for it.
So the main point of this whole less0n, is that once again i get sidetracked in thinking that i HAVE TO handle all that comes my way. That is a lie straight from the pit of Hell – and can lead to depression, desperation, despondency, misery and possibly suicidal thoughts.
When living with people who are out of control or who also fall into the lie that one MUST control their own life, even when trying to submit to the Lord, this “spirit of control” will try to sideswipe you also and you may feel the burn that comes with being pushed outside of God’s protective bubble and covering.
Live to fight another day! Go to the streams of refreshment and get rest from the Lord Himself, receiving strength, wisdom, courage (IN AND THROUGH HIM) and stay there until you receive the blessing.
- Dont’ keep fighting or even defending yourself when faced with attacks – like when a loved one is criticizing you for not doing what THEY think you should be doing or where you are “failing” when you’re not hearing that direction from the Lord.
- Don’t try to figure it all out when faced with unbeatable situations that are beyond your control – like your car is about to fall apart and you don’t have money to fix it.
- Don’t stress if you can’t see a way to pay the bills that keep flooding in which are beyond what finances you have at your fingertips
- Don’t become despondent when faced with illnesses in yourself or your loved one that are beyond what the medical doctors can figure out or know what to do with.
I could go on and on here but the main point is to STAY DOWN. Dig deeper into the Lord’s presence and receive all you need from HIM. HE KNOWS! He KNOWS what you are going through for nothing has come to us apart from His hand. He KNOWS how to fix it! HE LOVES to show Himself to you and to be the great helpmate. HE WILL do it for He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it. HE LOVES it when you give testimony of His greatness. When WE ARE WEAK, HE IS STRONG>
RELEASE OUTPOURINGS by waiting on Him in faith. ASK Him to handle it, tell him, “LORD, this is beyond me and i cannot do anything, so YOU HAVE TO” and then, “I TRUST IN YOU LORD – NO MATTER WHAT!” and then sit back, listen and wait. He WILL show up! Jeremiah 29:13 promises that if you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him.
Run to Him now, making time for the sacrifice of praise (find that time that is just for Him, apart from all else that is in your schedule), be quite before Him, pursuing Him with all your heart…and just “be”. WAIT on Him and use this “season of restoration” that you so desperately need to survive.
in His grace & service,