SOMETIMES YOU FALL. There’s no rhyme or reason. Life comes at you hard and shows no mercy. Death and destruction do not discriminate. The enemy is a great pugilist with a hard hitting right and you feel like you got the smack down from Mike Tyson. You have a real enemy is and he is a real threat, don’t take him lightly.

Some people attribute to him too much strength, yet he is not greater than the Lord; but most don’t give him enough credit. He is wily and cunning. He is on the prowl to destroy you. He is known by names such as “the accuser of the brethren”, “the father of lies”, “that old serpent”, “the prince of this world”, “the devil” and he will use anything and everything in order to cause you to fall. He will tempt you with sin and test you with evil. He wants you to fall.

Scripture never says we won’t fall:“For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” Proverbs‬ ‭24:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Falling doesn’t make you a failure, just human. Staying down does. The ones who overcome ALL things are those who get back up and keep going. “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The LORD will be a light to me.” Micah‬ ‭7:8‬ ‭”ARISE” literally means to get up out of that prostrate position of depression you have been laying in!

You cannot stay down. The Lord sees and knows what you are going through, so you need to trust that He has a plan for you; but yet you still have to arise. Your enemy has won if you stay down. Satan doesn’t have to destroy everything; he just has to keep you in a position of being useless and he’s already won. Friend, it’s time rise up. Aren’t you tired of laying there getting kicked in the head? When will you realize we serve the Almighty? The God who is all sufficient.

Is anything impossible for Him? No. He overcame the grave. He will help you, strengthen you, and set your feet on the right path; but you have to make the decision to rise up and keep going. If you are already defeated in your mind, you will live defeated. But, that’s not the mind of Christ. He endured the agony of the cross for the victory on the other side. He is victorious and mighty to save! Get up. Put on the mind of Christ. You don’t have to be the enemy’s punching bag. Put on the breastplate of righteousness and your enemy will break some knuckles. God is not done with you. Rise up and get back to running your race!#runyourrace

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