9. You are discouraged, maybe even defeated.
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The sign on the highway of ministry reads: Beware of low places! Watch out for unexpected blowouts, failures, and setbacks. They can wreck you permanently.
You’ve seen this happen: someone has a blowout on the highway and while working to repair the damage, gets hit by a passing motorist.
In the small town where I was pastoring, US Highway 90 dissected the business community. Traffic moved through at 70 mph, as I recall. One day there was a fender-bender. Nothing major. The parties were standing around, inspecting the damage. All of a sudden, a car blew through at the speed limit or above and killed a lady who was standing beside her car.
Breakdowns are bad enough, but often they bring other, more complicated problems. So, when you get a setback in life, be careful. Things could get far worse in a hurry unless you are careful.
Never forget that discouragement is one of the devil’s great fields of play. You must not linger there long. Find out the source of your real encouragement and go there as quickly as possibly.
10. You are on a high just had great, great success. Watch out.
The sign reads: High place ahead! Alert. You may be distracted by the view or the thin air. Pay attention.
Remember the line in a couple of places in the Old Testament about “walking on my high places”? (Habakkuk 3:19 and at least one other) Whatever else a high place in life is, we can think of it as an “Everest” experience. The view is magnificent, the feeling is exuberant, but the air is thin and the footing is slippery.
So, after your great success–that wonderful growth, the publication of your book, the doctorate, whatever–be careful. This is a vulnerable time for you, minister of God.
Be on the alert, man and woman of God. Be sober. Be vigilant.
Your enemy, your adversary, your opponent, the original slanderer, the one who hates you with a passion and would love nothing better than to sabotage your ministry,
He walks about like a roaring lion. Hungry, prowling, relentless, powerful, deadly.
Seeking whom he may devour. He comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
“But the God of all grace, after you have suffered a while, perfect you, establish you, strengthen you, and settle you.
To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:10-11)
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