Summary: The enemy may have barraged you with trouble, he may have even tripped you up and you may have stumbled, but being down is not where God has destined you to be. You shall arise!
MICAH 7:8 NIV
“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I WILL arise! Though I sit in darkness, the Lord WILL be my light!”
Folks, I won’t be long this afternoon, but I am here to preach to somebody today that “Down Is Not Your Destiny”.
There are some, who have been under continual attack of the enemy.
The devil and his imps have barraged you with assaults and you have wondered, will it ever get any better!
Will things ever change for me and my household?
You have been talked about.
You’ve been physically sick.
You are tired and worn out.
You’ve been depressed.
You’ve been ostracized and banished from some who you once called friend.
You’ve been told that you’ll never make it.
You’ll never be an over-comer!
You’re finances are gonna always be this way.
You’ll never find true happiness!
You’re health will never be better!
You’re job situation will never improve!
You’ve been down and heard it so long until you wonder, “Will I always be on the bottom, will I always be behind, will I ever do any better than I am right now!”
I am here to proclaim to you this afternoon, that YOU are a child of the Most High God and DOWN IS NOT, NOR WILL IT EVER BE YOUR DESTINY!
Let me ask you something, are we, as Christians today, defeated?
The Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:37, “No, in all things we are MORE than conquerers through Him who loved us.”
We’re not JUST conquerers, but he says that we are MORE than conquerers through Jesus Christ!
There is absolutely NOTHING that the devil can send our way that can defeat us!
There’s no plan that he can devise that can bring us down to destruction.
Folks, when we have Jesus Christ living in our hearts and we are surrendered to Him, we may face some tough trials and we may face some rough roads, but there is absolutely NOTHING at all that can defeat us!
You may be down at the moment, but Honey, this too shall pass!
This too will be a part of your past!
This too will be part of your testimony!
Down is not your destiny!
Some of you’ve had trouble coming at you from every angle.
You’ve wondered, “How much more can I bear?
Can I go another day?
What will I face next?”
You have been flooded with troubles from every side.
You’ve been knocked down and wondered, “Will I ever get up again?
Will I ever be able to stand up right again?
How will I ever overcome this flood of turmoil in my life?”
The prophet tells us in Isaiah 59:19, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight”.
I’m telling you this afternoon, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit that God is about to raise up a standard against the enemy who has been barraging you with trouble.
It’s time for a breakthrough to victory!
I spoke last week about walking in the blessing of God, by living a life that is pleasing to the Lord.
One that turns it’s back on the life of sin and lives a repentant life.
As we read in His Word, we know that we are made righteous and are saved, not by our works, but by the blood of Jesus Christ.
But, if we want the blessing of God in our lives, then we must learn to WALK in the Spirit and not in the flesh, but in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.
Folks, the Lord has promised in His Word to make us the victor and not the victim.
Listen, I know that we are going to all have troubles in life.
I believe the entire Word of God and I know that the rain falls on the just and on the unjust, but I also believe the promises of God that tell us that we are going to overcome and we will not be defeated!
I’m about to walk through some scripture and I’m gonna take my time walking in it, because I want you to grasp ahold of these truths today.
This is powerful and it’s a promise.
Deuteronomy 28 says,
“All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.
You will be blessed in the city and in the country.
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you.