Unfortunate Fortune (Part 4)

Monday, October 24, 2011

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

Cast down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:9b)

DOWN

We as women have often been cast down or pushed aside historically. Today, we may still be treated as nothing, just like the women of Bible times. In that era, women were looked at as commodities. Women were mere possessions. Women were silent property. Women were used up and could be thrown away, killed, and never to be thought of again. Men did not even speak to women, why? Because they were women, they were non-people. But God does not look at us that way. He never has.

Cast down comes from the Greek word kataballo, which means "to throw down violently, a deliberate hurl, or to strike." Paul discussed how he and the other apostles were cast down whenever they were spreading the good news and striving to live for God. How many of us have had similar cast down times in our lives? How many times have our ideas been pushed down, our words of truth trampled down by lies, and our righteous actions struck down in the face of others? Those things make us feel beat up, battered, and bruised all for the cause of Christ.

Though a child of God is cast down, God watches over and never forsakes those that are His. The misery we suffer from being cast down only makes us meet for the Master’s use. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” His strength rested in God and so should ours.

BUT NOT OUT

In all of the examples we’ve discussed in this mini devotional series, it could look like Paul was fighting a losing battle; a fight that he ultimately could never win. But if you look with your spiritual eyes, you are in for an interesting perspective in this fight. Paul is saying the enemy got a hold of him, but could not destroy him. Destroyed comes from the Greek word apolloomee, which means "to demolish, injure, or abuse." The same could be said for us. The enemy may press in, we may see no way out, we may be outcast and also cast down, but we will not be defeated. We are not destroyed; therefore, we can say we are more than conquerors through Christ.

The gospel will always stand! Nothing can outwit, outsmart, or outdo the teaching and preaching of the pure, unadulterated gospel. There are forces coming against us in every direction, from family commotion, church dissension, from work burdens, to sin. These issues are seeking to cast us down because we want God’s Word to shine in this dark world. Yet, God has created our trials to work for us, not against us.

Woman, you may be knocked down, not because you are so physically or spiritually weak; you’re cast down because God is so purposefully and divinely strong! Paul was one of the most prolific gospel preachers of his time and he still faced abuse from those that did not want to accept God’s gospel. Yet he realized that it is because God is so divinely strong that he would sometimes be cast down. God may (better yet, does) use us to show His power and might to the world. Just look at His Son Jesus who, in order to be resurrected, had to be crucified. All of God’s children will suffer at the hands of man, yet He brings them life and security. His children will never be destroyed. In order to receive these benefits you must be in Him, are you?

We are cast down, but God is still in control.
We are cast down, but God can pick us up.
We are cast down, but God strengthens His children.

The Unfortunate: Standing up for Christ may cause you to be cast down by satan.
The Fortune: You may be down, but you’re not out. God’s power resurrects His children.

Scriptures to Reflect On:
Micah 7:8
Psalm 37:23-24
Proverbs 24:16


Thank you:

For each of you who have taken this journey with us, we thank you and are praying for you. We pray for your strength and faith to increase as you walk in the purpose that God has set for your life. Feel free to share your comments on "Down, But Not Out" below. We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us.

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  1. Morning,
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  3. Thanks so much! This is a beautiful Blessing you ladies have created. God Bless
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    Elaine

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