Isaiah 35:10, “…the ransomed of the Lord shall return…with songs and everlasting joy…sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
Micah 4:6-7, “In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble the lame, and I will gather the outcast, and those whom I have afflicted; And I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation…”
Over the past few years, there have been many natural disasters (devastating floods and hurricanes) that have altered the lives of so many people globally. This has burdened our hearts at the Beyond Limits Studio, and in this edition, I will share a few thoughts on making a comeback after the storm. I am not talking about natural hurricanes alone, but also the sudden breakdowns of happy homes and unforeseen attacks. Let’s examine how we can make a mighty and righteous come back from the storm. I thank God that no flood of life can ever be beyond His wisdom and power.
Here are a few thoughts that I hope will help you:
- Be thankful that you are still here.
Ps 124:6-8, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth…our help is in the name of the lord…”
2. Believe the unlimited God.
He makes no mistakes and knows no impossibilities. Focusing on your problems is not profitable. Also, allowing self-pity and defeat to come in does not contribute positively to your comeback.
3. Choose to believe you are who God says you are.
God saved and sustained you for a reason. Stronger and more prominent people did not survive what you have. You are alive for a reason!
Staggering success and unspeakable splendour await you when you choose to go beyond yesterday’s setback. Your attitude to setbacks goes a long way in determining how quick your comeback story will be. Your attitude is your best friend or worst enemy. Isa 35:10, “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads…!”
4. Find the Positives.
Every negative picture has a positive element, even if it is difficult to identify. God will never leave you without a window to your victory. Make a demand on your relationship with God to discover the hidden diamonds in your debris! Draw out a plan by surveying the situation and articulating your thoughts. Prioritise your options into immediate; medium and long-term plans.
5. Create a new vision for the future from the rubbles (Isa 61:4).
A dream is a picture of the desired future. Move forward and bury the pain of past failure. Get a new vision; this will enable you to pick yourself up, put the past behind you and face the future. Speak about your vision, sing about it and put it before your eyes! Remember, a mind dominated by possibilities becomes a fertile ground for faith-work. Faith is the basis of all miracles. Faith is the antidote for fear and failure. Your unwavering belief in the spoken Word is the seed of your birthing a new world you seek.
6. Connect to meaningful relationships.
Irrespective of who you are, people can either be your greatest problem or your greatest asset. It is time to invest in deep and purposeful relationships. Walk with the wise and lean closer to the Holy Spirit. (Proverbs 13:20, Isa 61:3)
7. Feel good about yourself (Isa 61: 6).
Know that you are not a failure even if you have failed in the past. In your analysis, differentiate between your personal and your unachieved goals! Carry a winners’ aura; walk tall, square up your shoulders, smile and make the enemy wonder if you are the same person. People like to invest in a potential winner!
8. Build Up your Prayer Life (Gen 8: 20-22).
Build an ever-burning altar of worship and prayer. This can move God to still the curse and unlock divine blessings upon you.
I leave you with Genesis 9:1-2, ”So God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.’ And the fear and dread of you shall be on every beast…They are given into your hand.’”
I pray that as you prayerfully take these steps, God will reverse every curse that has held you back until now and unleash upon you the Blessing of Recovery.