Written & Published by Lolita Buck
So here's the deal we serve an absolutely amazing & awesome God! But he ain't no punk... He will take you down in a heartbeat if you start acting all high & mighty. He literally despises a haughty spirit.
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
Let me also say that he takes us down before promotion as well. I think the logic behind that, is that it keeps us from being arrogant once his blessings start flowing in our lives. We appreciate them much more because we've been in a dry place. Bottom line, there is no mountain top experience without a valley.
God means well & he's certainly not going to put more on us than we can bear. He knows the exact capacity by which to take us down so that as we start to ascend into our greatness we'll stay grounded & level headed.
Unfortunately my friend that does mean that there is some pain involved in God's growing process. But NO PAIN, NO GAIN I suppose. I was always taught that anything worth having is worth going through the trouble to get it.
I hate that society has painted this picture of being on God's team as a walk on clouds. That's the furthest thing from the truth. Look at Christ's life for crying out loud, walking with God is no joke. Christ literally had to die before he could rise up. Going down is a prerequisite to going up in God's system. That's a fact! Anyone that tells you otherwise is not being forthcoming.
Of course God wants us to live abundant lives. No doubt about it. But what we must realize is that our abundance shouldn't overshadow the basic principles of life & love. Human kindness & compassion towards one another are essential, they trump status believe it or not. So if our thing's or possessions become (mini) God's in our lives God has no problem taking us down to get us back on track. God doesn't mind us having things but he doesn't want the things to have control over us.
"The thief cometh not, but to steal, kill and to destroy I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly."
I'm so thankful that God has a check & balance system in place to keep us on point. Because I'll be the first to admit I can get beside myself at times. And God has a way of putting a sister in her place. And as painful as it may be I'm actually grateful for the "take down". I can't imagine how out of control my life would be if God didn't love me enough to check me. My attitude has no other choice but to take a back seat & I must humble myself before the Almighty One. Because he alone is worthy to be praised. I become less so that he becomes my everything! That's what the "take down" is all about.
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and that you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude