Beat the odds!

One woman’s life sent an audacious message to her “haters”: you can’t hold me down!  She was born prematurely, weighing only 4.5 pounds, and contracted enough diseases during her childhood that survival seemed unlikely.  Later in her childhood, she had polio, and the doctor told her mother she’d never walk.  In spite of this disheartening report, this woman still beat the odds.  Not only did she walk, but she literally ran out of her corrective braces and became a renown athlete.  This woman was Wilma Rudolph, a 3-time gold medalist during the 1960 Olympics.

Just like Wilma Rudolph, the devil does not think you’ll make it.  He’s surrounding you with schemes, strategies, temptations, and traps, and he’s confident that you’ll fall.  There’s only one problem, though.  He forgot that God is on your side, and “if God is for us, who can ever be against us” (Romans 8:31, New Living Translation).  So, why don’t you refresh his memory, just like Elisha: “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” (2 Kings 6:16, New Living Translation).

This recharge is a reminder that God plus you is always an advantage.  Even if life has you down for a 9-count, don’t stay down until 10.  Beat the odds, and prove to the enemy that “… the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world” (1 John 4:4, New Living Translation).