How many times has your feelings been hurt or you have been looked over when you try to do your best? Situations back you in the corner and you feel like a clip in the movie Rocky IV, you know the one where he fight the Russian. And Satan is saying “I must break you.” The Rocky series are one of my favorite movies.
No matter how ruff, painful or challenging the fights are in the ring Rocky never gives up. When you look at his character you realize one thing, He is always humble. Apollo Creed died when he fought the Russian and I believe it was because he was so prideful in skill and self that he did not take the time to get to know his opponent.
Rocky warmed Apollo to take it easy, winning is not everything. “There’s nothing to prove.” But Apollo did not listen. He got in the ring with no STRATEGY and was DEFEATED within the second round. In our walk with Christ we go through stages of battles. No battle is the same and the battles get more challenging the closer we walk with him.
The Bible gives us a strategy on how to defeat our enemies. First, we must remember we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Second, Jesus already gave us the victory. And third, vengeance is mine says the Lord.
Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.
Humility is one of those make or break virtues. You can either try and fight your way to prove that you deserve justice as a human being and fair treatment or you can take life for what it is and understand that these are spiritual battles.
When we fight spiritual battles we follow spiritual principles. We do not fight physical but with Godly wisdom and knowledge. Getting as low as we can to ground in a form of worship to our Lord is our highest obedience. When it is time for war God does not need our flesh.
No one can name any good thing that came from the flesh. So in these times when we feel mistreated, looked over, abused, criticized and disrespected we must humble ourselves, keep our mouth closed and stand back and watch the salvation of the Lord. The greatest part about humility is….we take our loss in the beginning we won’t have to take it later.
And need I say…..
Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool…
We know as Christians, Jesus said those great and mighty words. Therefore, the next time your in the fire don’t be like Apollo and sound a trumpet before your enemies. Do not boost in your talents and skills. Because having talents and skills does not mean you have been ANOINTED to go through the fire.
Many people want an “anointing” from God without knowing that the “anointing” is to walk through dangerous territory and not get killed!!! Yes, if you are not anointed for peril you will surely die. It’s a supernatural event. Jesus took the cross, Daniel was in the lions den, The three Hebrew boys was in a fiery furnace. How did they survive.?
They were anointed for the trial.
So, the next time you ask God for an anointing be sure you know what you ask. Are you ready to humble yourselves, are you ready to take the back seat? Are you ready to be disrespected or lied on and treated cold? Are you ready to not say a mumbling word? Then you my friend, are READY FOR THE FIRE!
But I say fear not! Because in the fire Jesus shows up. In the fire, others can see God. In the fire Satan bows down….In the fire you are purified. WHY, in the fire?
Because God is an Awee!!! Consuming fire and anything that is not like Him will not be able to stand! Not to mention, recall our brother Moses. Was he not in the presence of a burning bush and God spoke to Him? God is the FIRE!
I leave you with this my dear reader. I have seen many victories won by humbly surrendering to God….And you too can grow higher in the Lord when you remember to get low in the flesh…. Are you going to be prepared like Rocky and have a strategy to win your battle? Or are you going to parade and dance around like Apollo Creed and get killed before you even began?
Our Christian walk has so many highs and lows but Glory awaits us on the other side of this…
The Happy Housewife