Rise Up and Go Forward!
These powerful words are still meaningful today, and we pray they will bless you!
The struggles of life may come, but you can
Rise Up and Go Forward!
by Evelyn Roberts
People have asked me many times, “Mrs. Roberts, since you’ve been in the ministry a long time, have you gotten to the place where you don’t have any struggles?” I always answer with a resounding, “No!”
The struggles still come, and Oral and I know they always will. Any time you’re doing something for the Lord, you can count on the devil coming after you. But you can also know that as long as you’re obeying God, He is with you, and somehow He will make a way for you to rise above your struggles and go forward.
Struggles Are Not From God
It’s important to realize that the struggles that come against you are not sent from God. In John 10:10 NASB Jesus told us, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
It might help you to get a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side write, “steal, kill, destroy,” and on the other side write, “abundant life.” Everything that comes against you to steal, kill, or destroy something precious to you is from the devil. All the good things that happen to you are from God (James 1:17).
If you can get that straight in your mind, then you’ll know who sends disasters into your life and who sends blessings. Then you can come against the devil when he attacks you.
The Thief Comes to Steal
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to rise up and go forward over things the devil has thrown at us. When our son Ronnie died in 1982, I was absolutely devastated. And as if our loss wasn’t enough, the devil would come to me every night and say, “It’s your fault. You should have done this,” or “you didn’t do that.”
One day Oral came to me and said, “Evelyn, we have to plant a seed of faith to get out of this grief.” So we planted our seed by recording the New Testament on tape with Oral’s commentary. I ran the tape recorder and Oral did the speaking. We were recording it for our Partners, but you can’t sit and hear the Word like we did for 18 months without having it change your life, too.
Finally one night I got up, opened my bedroom door and said, “Now, devil, you have been pestering me long enough and I’m tired of it. Get out of this house and don’t come back here anymore. In Jesus’ name, be gone!” And he left.
Use The Name of Jesus
Whatever the devil tries to do to us, we can overcome it in Jesus’ name. That name is full of power and Jesus has given us the authority to use it (John 14:14).
It’s like having power of attorney. When you give someone power of attorney, they are authorized to act exactly as you would act if you were there. That’s what Jesus wants us to do – act exactly as He would act if He were here.
You may be at a point n your life where you’re experiencing such a struggle that you don’t know what to do. Maybe you’ve thought about giving up.
But don’t give up! Learn the devil’s strategies and come against him with the powerful name of Jesus. You can do it! On the authority of God’s Word and through the power of the Holy Spirit working in you, you can rise up and go forward!