By Dan O’Deens – March 18, 2022

Your Setbacks Cannot Allow You To Sit Back

Whenever you make a commitment to the Lord, be prepared to face the enemy’s unrelenting attempt to set you back. The enemy will lure us into the world of Compromise.  The enemy will unleash the emotion of Discouragement.  The enemy will undermine your integrity through well intentioned Dragons.  The greatest damage is not direct opposition, but the intent to destroy enthusiasm and the morale necessary for personal and church health and growth.

YOU ARE VICTORIOUS – Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.  1 John 4:4

Remember Joseph?  He had a setback.   The attack came from his own brothers.  “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”  Genesis 50:20

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1: 2-4

How to move forward:

Know your enemy.  2 Corinthians 2:11  So that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Resist the enemy.  James 4:7  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Submit and draw near to God.   1 Peter 5:7-11 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Persevere and advance in the face of opposition.  1 Corinthians 9:24  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1

I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus too hold of me.  Philippians 3:12

Sit up!  Now, Get up and Seize the Day!