When people say it is going to be alright, but we have checked the weather forecast of our lives and it is calling for more rain, and some of it may be heavy at times, it is hard to believe everything is going to be alright. Life has a way of trying to knock you down and does knock you down, and truthfully you do not want to get back up. The Scripture reminds us that, they are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. I encourage you today to stand upright no matter what. Stand knowing God is with you. If life knocks you down you do not have to worry because you do not get up by yourself, God is right by your side picking you back up. Stand today in the face of all the opposition you have to face. Stand in the face of those who do not think you can make it. Stand in the midst of the storm and know this storm is going to make you better, and not take you out. Stand encouraged because God is making a way for you. Our enemies will fall, but we are risen with Christ and we can stand upright in the face of whatever tries to come our way. Thank God for the strength He has given you to stand, even when people are talking about you instead of to you. Stand thanking God that He has kept you even when your so called friends have turned against you. Stand knowing you are going to get the victory over the storm and what you have been through. I thank God for giving me the strength to stand through it all, and because I can stand through it all, I know for sure, "It's My Year To Get My Thing From My God!"
Lord thank you for giving me the strength to stand through it all. Thank you for never letting me fall too far and for always catching me when I fall. Give to me today what I need to stand and be a witness that you are God. I love you Lord. In Jesus Name Amen.
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY