I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I’m sure I’m not the only one. In fact, I’m almost positive it’s promised.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
In this world we will have trouble. And for me, it seems like just as God brings victory over one area of my life, he tries to rob me of the joy in all the others. So this past Sunday I told God I wanted Him to search my heart and rid me of all the distractions in my life. My number one goal is heaven. I want it for me, I want it for my family. So just as I started to do so…. to really press in and pray, the devil starts throwing darts. This is one thing I’ve learned about being able to stand against Satan. It’s not about whether he knocks you down, it’s about the determination you have to get back up after he does. Because as mentioned above, the bible says we WILL have trouble. It also says, Take heart, I have overcome the world. And for me, a born again Christian that means that Satan can’t possibly keep me down.
So here are a couple of things I’ve learned while in the valley. I’ve learned that the valley is a temporary place. It’s a place where we aren’t designed to stay. BUT on the flip side, there are a few things you learn while in the valley.
Endurance- It takes endurance, perseverance and prayer Hebrews 4:16 Let us then fearlessly, confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of Grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in good time for every need.
Courage– It takes courage to know that you are in a valley and keep walking in the light that is Christ. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Vision– It takes a Holy vision. You have to be able to acknowledge that it is the enemy trying to defeat you. Do not get caught up in self pity. Do not get caught up in emotion. Hold tight to the vision that God is reaching down to you if you will only look up. James 1:2-4 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.
This is how I like to imagine it: When you are in a valley, it is flat, it is dry, it is exhausting and there is a mountain. You (with the help of God) will have to climb that mountain BUT if you choose to look up. Look UP to God, then on that path, you will see the many obstacles and distractions in your way that may have tripped you and allowed you to fall in the valley to begin with. Maybe it’s an unhealthy relationship. Maybe you have bondage with alcohol or cursing. Whatever it is, with the help of the Holy Spirit, and looking to God you will SEE those obstacles. God will help you remove them so that you can climb that mountain. Being on a high with God is the best feeling ever. Being on top of that mountain with Him is indescribable. And looking down to that valley you just came from and no longer seeing those obstacles means that Satan has one less thing he can use against you! It’s a beautiful view from the top, But as you grow in your walk, you learn that the valley holds beautiful lessons as well. It teaches you to be bold, fearless, and thankful that you WILL come out on top.
Lots of Love,