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Downside Up!. Living In Abundance. (Jn. 10:10b). August 2012

Every day I practically come to a fresh realization of what God can do, how awesome He is and how unlimited He is in His ability to perform the miraculous. As I look at humanity; as I encounter different human characters; as I see different actors on this great life movie on this planet, I learn brand new stuff; fresh ideas; brand new understanding. I have come to understand that no two days are exactly the same and no two human experiences are exactly similar. There is a fascinating realism of our human existence that is often overlooked. And that is the fact that the world is full of opposites. It is a world of intriguing and interesting opposites. For instance we all know that the opposite of darkness is light. The opposite of original is counterfeit/fake. The opposite of joy is sadness/happiness and the opposite of life is death. The opposite of poor is rich; the opposite of low is high. Accordingly the opposite of Down is Up and vice versa. Friend, ours is a world of opposites that are not static in Time but are rather constantly dynamic as permitted by the creator of heaven and Earth.

 

Often times there are little or no middle grounds. One cannot be at both coordinates of the opposites at the same time. In other words, for example, someone is either rich or poor, happy or sad, up or down and not both simultaneously. This is simple basic and common logic. “So what’s new pastor?” With this analogy in mind I have come to realize that humanity often times is somehow fond of celebrating the negative instead of the positive opposites. For example when a natural disaster such as an Earthquake devastates a city with a lot of human and material casualties, it is “great” news to the world / media. But when such a natural phenomenon occurs with minimal devastation and people are still alive, it would have little or no news value. When people gain jobs and are living well in health and affluence and living in abundance, it is taken for granted and it is not news. However when there is economic down turn and many are rendered jobless then it is news to the world and they will be talking about it for a long time.

 

In our world, it is common to hear people complain about how a particular ugly occurrence or Event(s) turned their lives upside down. Often you hear people talk about how they lost their jobs/businesses or loved one(s) and their lives were turned upside down. Others would say, and rightly so, that when they lost contact with a particular individual/organization their lives came crashing down.

 

But our God is a father who specializes in the, often overlooked; often taken for-granted positive opposites. Searching the Scriptures I discovered that, in line with the divine composite nature of the existence of opposites, many a time, when situations and circumstances tend to turn the life of any child of God upside down, the almighty God in his infinite mercy, at his own time would perform a miracle of restoration by returning the fellow’s life back to God’s original plan, purpose and destiny; but this time, downside up.

 

Joseph was a very bright and promising young man. His future looked so bright that God showed him a dream of how great he was going to become. Somehow the evil forces around him really turned his life upside down.  I don’t know of anyone who would really want to trade positions with Joseph given the kind of ugly experience he had in the hands of his brothers, in the hands of Potiphar and his wife and then in Pharaoh’s prison. However, when the King of Kings and Lord of Lords intervened, his destiny was returned, downside up and he reigned as prime minister in Egypt (Gen. 37:12-28, 41:37-57). The life of the crippled man at the beautiful gate was turned upside down from childhood. But when God intervened, that anomaly was miraculously rectified by divine healing (Acts. 3:1-8). The life of the mad man of Gadara was completely messed up. It was turned upside down. It was so twisted that his home was in the tombs. But when Jesus intervened he was made completely whole (Mk. 5:1-17). Daniel’s life was turned upside down when suddenly he was cast into the den of Lions. However when God intervened, his destiny was restored to him; downside up (Dan. 6:16-28). He prospered. That was a similar story with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Dan. 3). The father of them all was Job. From such a high level of success his life came tumbling down (Job. 1). I can go on and on.

 

 

Friend, even when I am not in any way advocating that things must of necessity get bad or worse first, I have somehow realized that, ironically, for reasons that are a bit inexplicable and somewhat beyond comprehension, the higher level you may attain in destiny has a relationship with how far down you had gone. That is what I may call the divine law of natural, positive compensation/restoration. In other words when people of this world(particularly your enemies / adversaries) think that you are finished, because you took a drastic fall, they are just ignorant, because the level of your fall could, intrinsically, become a measure of how high you are going to rise. The relationship between the level of a man’s fall and the level of his ultimate rise to fame, abundance and freedom is not a direct one but rather an exponential one. I have discovered that when God is promoting someone, after a fall, the individual doesn’t necessarily rise in the same manner or to the same level commensurate with the initial fall. No! Rather the rise and the new level are in exponential proportions: several times much more than the initial height of the individual from which he/she fell in the first place.

 

How do I know? Study Joseph’s case. He was a virtual nobody before he was sold to the slave merchants. But when God restored him, he became a Prime minister. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were just ordinary Hebrew boys before they were cast into the fiery furnace, but when God lifted them downside up, they were people of authority in the Land. When Job was restored downside up? His end was far greater than his beginning (Job 42:12-16).

The cripple at the beautiful Gate, was just ordinary but after his miracle; after his restoration he became an Evangelist. Peter’s life was turned upside down when he made himself to denounce Jesus three times (Mt. 26:69-75). But when God restored him, he indeed became the pillar upon which the Church of God was built (Acts 2:14-42, Acts 3:1-8).

 

I don’t know whom I am writing to in this edition. Situations and circumstances have attempted to turn your life upside down. In fact some are asking God why he allowed them to be created in the first place. Some people have lost their means of livelihood and their businesses; some have even lost loved and dear ones/colleagues and it appears to them that the world has come to an end; it appears everything has been turned upside down. Yet others are faced with seemingly hopeless infirmities, sicknesses and diseases that got suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed; and it appears the world has come to an end? Some ministers are facing, unimaginable challenges in their ministries now and in reality everything seems to have been turned upside down. I may be writing to you! I have good news! Relax, God is in control!

 

Forget the “roaring of Lions around you”. We have the Lion of the Tribe of Judah with us. He will soon surprise you. He will restore you. He will move you from the state where you are now (downside) back up in joy and happiness in the mighty name of Jesus. That which is a challenge now will become a stepping stone, a great instrument of your promotion/rise in the name of Jesus Christ. Be patient with the Almighty God. Trust in him. I can tell you that he surely has a plan. Hold on and all will surely be well. Has the enemy turned things upside down? Don’t worry God will yet restore them back to beyond positive normal, in exponential proportions in Jesus name. Instead of confessing “upside down” let us change our pronouncement to “downside up” believing that all is well.

 

If you have not given your life to Christ please do so now for tomorrow might be too late.

God bless you.

 

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

32 E. Washington St

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org

 

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 05:22pm