October was a really tough month (emotionally, physically and spiritually)! It had some awesome highlights, like the “10 Year Anniversary” of Courage Church; but whoa, October was filled with some of the toughest blows of my life and ministry – which means, October was an awesome month! Yeah, I’m getting hammered by the enemy! But, the he is NOT winning! It’s in our most difficult times that we often become aware of how GREAT our God truly is!!
We ALL get pounded!
Hits can come from anywhere! Physical attacks, unexpected disappointments, harsh & careless words, family drama, mind games, tough finances, suffering of others, lies, hate, poor choices, jealousy and straight-up meanness! Never forget, the devil hates you. He doesn’t back off when you’re down or weak — he grabs a sledge hammer!
Ha! But, I know something…
The anvil outlasts the hammer.
God has built us to endure and overcome every blow of the enemy…
What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmed us. Yes, the raging waters of their fury would have overwhelmed our very lives. Praise the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:2-8
What if the Lord had not been on my side? Whoa, that’s a terrifying thought!! But, He was (and is)! I’m unbreakable through His power & might! So swing the hammer – this anvil will outlast every hit!
1. How do you handle the pounding of unexpected pain, hate, drama or attacks?
2. Share a time when you were weak but HE was strong (see: 2 Corinthians 12:10).
3. When you get knocked down (spiritually, emotionally, etc) do you whine or win? Explain.
I’m praying, today, that God gives you (and me) faith like an anvil! ~ Chilly