On May 29, 2016 Associate Pastor Veron Hall delivered a powerful word to the congregation titled; “KNOCKED DOWN BUT NOT KNOCKED OUT”. The focus text was 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” Pastor Hall expounded on the topic in three points:
- Down and out: There are times in life that we experience hardship, when situations arise and we believe that it is impossible to tunnel through and every thought that comes to mind is negative so much so, that it keeps us trapped. It is at these times that the enemy comes in and begins to speak into our spirits telling us things like “you are not good enough”, “you can’t do any better than you’re doing now”, “just give up”, “you’re down and out” and “where is your God now?”. We then begin to question ourselves; “Am I down and out?”, “Can I get back up?”, “Do I trust God?” and “Do I trust myself?”. Proverbs 24:16 declares; “The righteous man may fall seven times but he gets back up again.”. It is up to us to make a conscious decision whether to stay down or get back up. Pastor Hall encouraged us to trust God and know that when we are knocked down with God it is possible to get back up. Remember that it is not over until God says it is over. Being knocked down is not to be considered a final stop, it is merely preparation to strengthen the foundation we stand on. We have to trust God and allow Him to manifest his strength in our weaknesses. This is when we experience and see who God really is in our lives.
- When you get knocked down, look up: When trouble presents itself we must first look up, then call upon God and be confident that He will see us through. We must allow God to fight our battles and know that if we fight our own battles we will lose. Our help comes from the Lord and when our focus and trust is on Him, God will guide and protect us.
- It’s not over: The trials and the setbacks are only temporary. Let us not dwell on them but rather, use them as ladders. Again, it is not over until God says it’s over! So let’s get out of the fixed mindset and get into a growth mindset. Let’s desire to overcome obstacles and frustration and begin to embrace challenges without fear. Let’s remember that our true potential lies in the unknown, feeling defeated will block our growth and limit our opportunities.
We challenge you today to remember, no matter how dark the situation may seem, choose to look for the light which is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Remember God has the final say! Be encouraged, it is not over, you may be knocked down but not knocked out. Be blessed in Jesus’ name!