Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stepping Up: Week 4 - Day 4

Day 4 - They Have Not Prevailed

Psalm 129
1 From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me—let Israel now say—
2 from my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never been able to finish me off.
3 My back is covered with cuts, as if a farmer had plowed long furrows.
4 But the LORD is good; he has cut the cords used by the ungodly to bind me.
5 May all who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shameful defeat.
6 May they be as useless as grass on a rooftop, turning yellow when only half grown,
7 ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder.
8 And may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing: "The LORD's blessings be upon you; we bless you in the LORD's name."

This lesson focuses on verse 4 and the idea that maybe your 'enemies' are walking all over you.  Here is a quote from lesson. "If we don't allow God to heal our hearts, minds, and habits, we will either continue to allow people to walk all over us or we'll become people who walk all over them."

You can get up and stop getting walked on! 
Isaiah 49:25b For I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children.

The enemy - whoever or whatever it is, won't win anyways, so gain your strength from verse 2 they have never been able to finish me off. Your victory is right in front of you - it is in your Bible! 

I love the end of this lesson, it is so powerful and pulls in what we learned about sowing the seed - that if we continue to sow in the Word of God we will reap a harvest.  The quote from today's lesson..."When oppressors have walked all over us, the plowed up ground left by their feet can become a fertile place for God to cultivate some seed."

If you are in the Word, you can escape whatever has been holding you down, and in the process of getting up you will grow closer to God and He will abundantly bless you!

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