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“The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.”
We are often taught the importance of navigating places and moments of adversity from the perspective of effectively maximizing uncomfortable seasons and circumstances providentially allowed by our Heavenly Father. By comparison, lessons that teach us how to strategically walk through the successful seasons of our lives seem to be far fewer in number. I would argue that it is just as important to learn how to handle seasons of success as it is seasons of adversity. As a matter of fact, seasons of plenty and abundance can be dangerous for the person who is ill-advised of the responsibility that comes with it. Subtle traps of pride and relaxed discipline can slowly but certainly shift us to places of destruction and calamity when we are unaware of how to effectively tread the course of success.
“Extremes are easy. Strive for balance.”
As the quote above implies, it takes a specific grace to walk in moderation. It takes intentional discipline to live a life that is in balance. Balance is defined as “a state of equilibrium; equal distribution of weight or amount; mental steadiness or emotional stability; a habit of calm behavior and judgment”. Balance denotes order, structure, design and intentionality.
I am not sure how or when but somewhere in our culture we have normalized imbalance and extremism. We are overworked, overscheduled, not engaged at home, popping pills to go to sleep, popping pills to wake up, ministering to others while neglecting our homes, ministering to others while neglecting our own mental health, and the list goes on and on! This is not how we were designed to live. We were created by our Heavenly Father to live lives that are a balanced expression of His grace in the earth realm.
“But what appeared to be a defeat was actually the greatest victory of all.”
The audacious and tenacious faith we possess to declare victory in all circumstances and over all adversity is rooted in our connection to the victory of Jesus Christ. We are conquerors because Jesus Christ emerged triumphant over Death, Hell, and the Grave and by virtue of His victory righteousness and justification have been imputed to us. Moreover, our justification through faith in Him has given us access to His efficacious grace whereby we are empowered to stand victoriously!
The term conqueror refers to one who overcomes or wins in war utterly vanquishing forces that oppose them. In Romans 8:37, we are declared to be superior or greater than conquerors as it relates to those things that would attempt to disqualify or alienate us because of the superior force of God’s love which has won us an incontrovertible victory! The enemy and his opposing forces don’t stand a chance against us when we recognize the authority we walk in because of the gift of His grace!
“The power of 100 proud men cannot influence the world as much as one humble servant of God.”
In a world that promotes self-serving and egocentric behavior, humility is often a priceless commodity frequently overlooked. Attention grabbing activities aimed at bolstering already inflated egos seem to be commonplace on television and in the media. Unfortunately for many it seems that humility has taken a backseat to ambitious pride and arrogance.
One of the reasons I believe that humility is overlooked and obscured is because many people erroneously perceive meekness to be a weakness rather than a virtue. Humility does not mean that you have low self-esteem nor does it mean that that you must allow people to walk over you like a doormat. Quite simply, humility means that you recognize that all of your virtues, talents, resources, and intellect come from God and the confidence that you display is a result of your complete dependence upon Him for all things! The strength of the humble person rests in the fact that their power is rooted in their identity, relationship and reliance upon the Lord Jesus Christ.