Setback to comeback
When we feel like we’re experiencing a setback, we’re often being prepared for a comeback. When we feel like we’ve taken some steps backward, it can actually mean we end up moving forward afterwards. Good Friday is a great illustration of this. On the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, it seemed all was lost. But it’s not over until God says it’s over. The greatest spiritual victory in history was won after its seemingly greatest defeat. All was lost, but not for long. Three days after His crucifixion, Jesus walked out of His tomb. And as redeemed children of God, that same power lives in us today. The Bible says: ‘If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you’ (Romans 8:11 NKJV). In God’s kingdom failure is never final. We may not win every spiritual battle, but the war has been ultimately won. The victory was sealed 2,000 years ago when Jesus was resurrected. Paul wrote: ‘Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us’ (Romans 8:37 NKJV). Today we’re more than conquerors because of what Christ did for us. We’ll experience setbacks – that’s just life. But without a crucifixion there can be no resurrection. Sometimes the things that knock us down are the very things that lead us to be built up stronger than ever. So when things seem to be going wrong in our lives, we can keep trusting, knowing that God is preparing our comeback.
Make a list of any setbacks you’ve experienced recently. Each week, go back to your list and pray over each one, asking God to turn each one into a comeback.
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