I fully understand that when you’re under a full scale demonic assault. . .that you can grow weary in the battle. . .despite scripture to the contrary.
“I’ve been knocked down so many times yet nobody is willing to help me get up.”
If you feel you’ve been knocked down and no one is there to help you . . .you need to learn how to get up your own . . .because nobody else can do for you. . .what you can do for you.
Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, said:
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
Unfortunately, there are times in life. . .where you just need to suck it up and get on up.
There is a country and western song by Jerrod Niemann entitled “Get On Up.” Now I must also tell you there are a number of rap versions of the song. . .which are not worth my time or any of the words I would speak about it.
However, I do like the lyrics from Niemann’s song. Here’s the first verse.
“There is no freedom
That can be found
When you got the feeling
You're down for the count
This Ol' World will beat you up if you let it
And this time it's really knocked you down
Don't throw in the towel now, you'll regret it
Catch your breath and go another round”
But you gotta get on up
Two things you and every other believer need to understand.
First, you may get knocked down. . . but with the presence of the Holy Spirit. . . you will never be knocked out.
2 Corinthians 4:9 in the New International Reader’s Version says:
“Others make us suffer. But God does not desert us. We are knocked down. But we are not knocked out.”
Second, even if you’ve been knocked down. . .you’re not down there by yourself.
The last half of Hebrews 13:6 says:
“. . . for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!].”
Seven things you must understand to get on up.
1. Understand that who knocked you down was not flesh and blood.
Your enemy is not your boss. . .your creditor. . .your next door neighbor or any human on planet earth. . .regardless of what they’ve done to you or how they’ve treated you.
It’s imperative that you fully understand the source of the attacks against you.
First, the one who knocked you down. . .is not flesh and blood.
Ephesians 6:12 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”
Once you can properly identify your enemy you can enlist the assistance of your personal Seal Team. But your team only needs One member to make you successful...a winner every time.
Exodus 23:22 says:
“But if you will indeed listen to and obey His voice … I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”
Romans 8:31 in the Amplified Bible says:
“… if God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]”
Don’t play the blame game. . .it’s one game where there’s never a winner. . .only losers.
Genesis 3:12-13 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me--she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate. And the Lord God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled (cheated, outwitted, and deceived) me, and I ate.”
Adam blamed Eve. . .and she blamed the serpent. Worst of all, they tried to get around God by deflecting blame on others. God already knew this was not a flesh and blood action.
2. Understand, if you can, why you were knocked down.
Seven things will cause you to get knocked down in life.
If you’re arrogant in the workplace or in life. . .thinking you know more than everybody else. . .even if you do. . . it will knock you down...and Abe even out for the count.
1 Samuel 2:3 in the New Living Translation says:
“Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don’t speak with such arrogance! For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done; he will judge your actions.”
Second, Bad Attitude
Attitude is neutral . . .it can either be good or bad and you are the one to decide which. And therein, lies the problem . . .your attitude should be God controlled and directed.
Ephesians 4:23 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude].”
The scripture gets very specific when discussing the kind of attitude you should have.
Philippians 2:5 in the New Living Translation says:
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
A lack of concern, interest in or passion for what you’re doing can often lead to careless decisions.
1 Corinthians 11:30 in the Amplified Bible says:
“That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason many of you are weak and sickly, and quite enough of you have fallen into the sleep of death.”
Fourth, Demonic Attack
There is a devil. . .once he loses your soul. . .he can only hope to neutralize you and thus render you ineffective for the kingdom of God. He doesn’t care one thing about you. He only wants to hurt the One you represent because he knows that if he hurts you, he hurts the God that loves you.
Unfortunately, the devil gets a lot of credit for the dumb decisions we make.
Some years ago, the comedian Flip Wilson dressed up as one of his comic characters, Geraldine, who was a bit feisty. When Geraldine got into trouble. . .she was fond of snapping “her” head back and saying “The devil made me do it.”
No matter how many times I heard it. . . Flip Wilson could always make me laugh when I heard Geraldine utter those words. . .but, in realty, the devil can’t make you do a thing. You have to choose his side.
Colossians 2:15 in the Amplified Bible says:
“[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].”
Years ago, I heard my Dad said: “If you can buy that man for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth…you’d be a rich man.”
Never let your ego be larger than your character.
Now please understand a man without an ego isn’t any good. . .but it must be sanctified . . . or else he will begin to believe that he’s responsible for his own success.
If you ever believe you’re a self made man or woman, then you’re destined for failure. We are to be God-made successes.
Luke 8:39 in the New Living Translation says:
“No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.”
The word foolishness comes from a Hebrew root word which means:
“of one who despises wisdom; of one who mocks when guilty; of one who is quarrelsome”
Proverbs 10:21 in the New Living Translation says:
“The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.”
People who gossip have no right to pass judgment on others.
Romans 2:1 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Therefore you have no excuse or defense or justification, O man, whoever you are who judges and condemns another. For in posing as judge and passing sentence on another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge are habitually practicing the very same things [that you censure and denounce].”
3. Understand the urgency of getting back up.
If you are learning to ride a bike or a horse . . .if you don’t get back up after you fall. . . you will internalize your fear and complicate the process.
In the marketplace. . .anywhere. . .if you make a mistake. . .if you get knocked down. . . GET ON UP.
Proverbs 28:13 in The Living Bible offers good advice we need to listen to:
“A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.”
It’s important to get up. . .especially in the right manner. . .and with the right attitude even if it’s your own fault that you got knocked down.
The best approach, in fact, the scriptural approach of getting back up is found in 1 John 1:9-10. In The Living Bible it says:
“But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. [And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.] 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are lying and calling God a liar, for he says we have sinned.”
4. Understand you may need some help getting back up.
Have you ever had the breath knocked out of you? If so, you may have needed someone to help get you up.
One of the greatest joys of being a Christian is knowing that God is always with us. We have 24/7 access.
1 Corinthians 4:7-8 in the Message Bible says:
“You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you're sitting on top of the world — at least God's world — and we're right there, sitting alongside you! “
One of my favorite scriptures is Deuteronomy 31:6 in the New Living Translation which says:
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Psalm 139:5 in the Message Bible says:
“You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight. You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence.
“I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can't take it all in!”
5. Understand if there’s anything you need to learn while you’re down.
You may feel as though you've totally blown it. . .but God still has your back!
The question you need to ask yourself is. . .what can I learn from this situation. . .so I never get knocked down again. . .at least, not for the same reasons.
Write Down Exactly What Happened.
It’s important to recall every step you took and/or decision you made which precipitated your fall.
Exodus 17:13-14 in The Living Bible says:
“As a result, Joshua and his troops crushed the army of Amalek, putting them to the sword. Then the Lord instructed Moses, "Write this into a permanent record, to be remembered forever, and announce to Joshua that I will utterly blot out every trace of Amalek.”
If you make a mistake…write down exactly what happened. Don’t sugar coat it or white wash your written scenario as you can’t hide anything from God anyway. I have a revelation for you. . .if you’ve made a mistake, He already knows it.
Job 23:10 in The Living Bible says:
“But he knows every detail of what is happening to me; and when he has examined me, he will pronounce me completely innocent-as pure as solid gold!”
You need to fully understand what caused you to get knocked down and why it happened. Was what happened beyond your control or ability to handle?
6. Understand what you need to change so you’re never knocked down again.
Change. . .real change. . .lasting change. . .is not a function of a calendar or a politician no matter how well intentioned.
Effective change only takes place when you take charge of your own destiny.
I strongly encourage you to write a list of the things you need to change in your life.
Not only make the list. . .but create a plan to make the changes which you feel need to be changed.
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you in the way which will best lead to your change.
If you want to keep from being knocked down on a regular basis. . .change what’s on the inside of you. . .which will automatically change what’s on the outside.
Plus you need to understand that God will make all things. . .even attacks of the enemy work to your benefit. . .when you trust in Him.
Romans 8:28 says:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
7. Understand that when you’ve been down…turning things around…is the mark of a winner.
If you’re headed in the wrong direction. . .today is the best day there’ll ever be for you to turn your life around.
Jeremiah 8:4 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“[The People Took the Wrong Road ] The LORD said: People of Jerusalem, when you stumble and fall, you get back up, and if you take a wrong road, you turn around and go back.”
The lifestyle turnaround begins with you asking for forgiveness for your sins and returning to God.
Acts 3:19 in the Amplified Bible says:
“So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord.”
Truthfully, the only effective and lasting way to turn things around is through our obedience to His Word. . .and time in His Presence.
Job 33:26 in the Message Bible says:
"Or, you may fall on your knees and pray—to God's delight! You'll see God's smile and celebrate, finding yourself set right with God. You'll sing God's praises to everyone you meet, testifying, 'I messed up my life— and let me tell you, it wasn't worth it. But God stepped in and saved me from certain death. I'm alive again! Once more I see the light!'”
If I’ve been knocked down. . .the one thing I want to see more than any other is God’s smile. . .regardless of whom He manifests it through.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS