Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was riding high. Just two weeks prior to the big game, he had virtually snatched victory from the jaws of defeat – only to suffer a heartbreaking loss in the big game. Yet he was able to put things in proper perspective during a post game interview when he stated that the need was to keep his head up, and that the goal was to get back to the big game again the next year. In 1 Kings 18 we see the great prophet Elijah also riding high, so to speak. He had just experienced a great victory on Mount Carmel at the expense of the prophets of Baal, only to find himself the very next day running for his life and asking God to let him die. You see, your enemy the devil does not want you ‘riding high.’ This is why we must be so careful to guard our hearts after great ‘mountaintop experiences’ (Proverbs 4:23). He wants to snatch the joy, peace and victory you experienced in God’s house or in prayer and replace it with fear, frustration or even discouragement; anything to subvert the power of God from flowing freely through your life, and making a difference in someone else’s. The truth is, when these particular states of mind and heart overtake us, we are no good to anyone – especially ourselves. In order to break free and begin riding high again, I believe that several things are necessary. First of all, we must remember who we are. Romans 8:7 says that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. This verse speaks both about our position (we are loved by the Lord), and our condition (we are more than conquerors). The phrase ‘more than’ actually indicates that we are ‘super’ victorious. Think about that! Secondly, we must not forget who our God is. According to 2 Corinthians 2:14, our God always causes us to triumph. Finally and most importantly, and difficult for many to grasp is the fact that our Enemy has been defeated because of what Christ did at the Cross. Colossians 2:14-15 state that at the Cross Jesus disarmed Satan, effectively stripping him of his power over us and made an open spectacle out of him, shaming him in the process! This MUST be believed. 1 John 5:4 says, ‘…and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith (italics mine). That faith must be placed in Christ and what He did on the Cross. When I do this, then and only then will I continue to ride high. His victory is my victory! That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.
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