The Joy Of Bouncing Back!!

Last night during a DFC prayer meeting, God spoke a 4 word sentence to me. It’s cliché, but when those 4 words hit me the hair stood up on my head!

God said, “The Victory Is Yours!”

I shared that message with the prayer team, and we all went wild.

Then I told them how God has been pouring new life into me since the beginning of this year.

I can hardly believe it, but this last season of fierce trial and testing has actually ended!

The iron storm clouds that blacked out my skies for the past 5 years have been driven away by a supernatural force.

The sun is out. It’s shining brightly and it’s here to stay!

Here is what I wrote in my journal this morning.

Has it been too long since you soared?

Have you been doing everything you know to do… refusing to curse God, refusing to quit on your dreams, and refusing to die?

James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

That is what you have to do in a trial. Hold on, patiently endure, keep doing the right things with whatever strength you have.

No trial lasts forever. Yours will end, I promise you it will. And when it does, you will be GLAD YOU HELD ON!

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24 thoughts on “The Joy Of Bouncing Back!!

  1. I’m so trying to patiently endure and maintain hope and sustain the Faith I believe to be true….I too thought nearing amost ten years of unsumountable trials that our end was in sight. Now I am ashamed to admit I feel like Moses lost in the Wilderness, accept my resolve is weaking as a steady stream of new tribulations arise now. My heart says My God is Big enough, my head and mind say I’m so weak and tired. Your words always always bring me SUCH encouragement. I’m always so grateful, today they helped but I’m still so lost.

    • Amanda, I’ve been praying for you and Jason, especially since the day you helped us with Heaven & Cole’s move. I’m praying for you guys this morning too. Hold on, help is on its way. The victory is yours!

  2. Thank you we need all the prayers! THANK YOU for your words for Jason he came home with such a Peace and change last night. It was really refreshing to hear such positivity and hope come from him. We went to sleep with a renewed sense of “will and fight” and HOPE and peace. Then to wake up and be so violated this morning just was my undoing sadly. I just have to find my spiritual footing again if the tears ever stop. I guess time heals and God has a Reason. Trust in him as I always have! I just needed to be reminded .

  3. Thanks for the encouragement.. I needed to hear that. I have been in a period of trial and temptation for the last 4 years, a valley really, and every time I feel like breakthrough coming Its like I feel I just miss it and I get discouraged and get tempted to take my eyes off of my God. I am fighting for my hope, it has been getting deferred. Appreciate you lifting me up. Im putting my faith in Christ and his word for renewed strength because overwhelming victory is mine in Christ.Please pray for my patient endurance and belief. Thanks again!

  4. Holding on is tough, especially with the enemy and my doubts being a weight, but God has been faithful. I’m finally in a place in my life where I can actually say I’m hopeful and happy. It’s been a tough ride for the past 12 years( particularly the last 3) but I feel like things are changing; that and I’m going to start walking out of this dark valley. My flesh wants me to be afraid but faith compels me to be fearless. No matter where I go I know He is with me every step of the way and it helps when I hear testimonies like this. Thank you for sharing this…

    • Wow Stacy, well said. There are times when we cannot hold on for another second. Thank God, that is when HE picks us up and carries the rest of the way, just like the footprints in the sand poem. I can identify with your words and I am praying for you this afternoon.

  5. I love Gods promises in the word, thanks for such a inspirational writing and a remider. through my hardest trials not only at the end of the storm did I find empowerment and strength I also found transformation in my character its through the storms of difficulty I became a stronger witness that God is good and how he loves me through my failures. It humbles me to realize that I can’t do it alone I become more needy and know without a doubt my strength is found soley in christ alone not in Myself , people or the wordly things. No matter how upset I get through the trials, God reminds no matter how wronged I feel the battle belongs to him and it teaches me to love and forgive those who have hurt me and Bless them. As difficult as it gets sometimes its when I press into Gods word and obey whether I feel like it or not, I find it humbles me and continually expands my heart and ability to forgive. I love the fact in the hardest times of testing and trials it brings to light my weak points of my character so I am able to work on things that bring me closer to a love walk that I desire to more like christ. God is Awsome!!!

    The Savior of Israel

    Isaiah 43

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    43 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
    O Israel, the one who formed you says,
    “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
    2 When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
    When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
    When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.
    3 For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
    I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
    I gave Ethiopia[a] and Seba in your place.
    4 Others were given in exchange for you.
    I traded their lives for yours
    because you are precious to me.
    You are honored, and I love you.

    5 “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
    I will gather you and your children from east and west.
    6 I will say to the north and south,
    ‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
    from the distant corners of the earth.
    7 Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.’”

    8 Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind,
    who have ears but are deaf.
    9 Gather the nations together!
    Assemble the peoples of the world!
    Which of their idols has ever foretold such things?
    Which can predict what will happen tomorrow?
    Where are the witnesses of such predictions?
    Who can verify that they spoke the truth?

    10 “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord.
    “You are my servant.
    You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
    and understand that I alone am God.
    There is no other God—
    there never has been, and there never will be.
    11 I, yes I, am the Lord,
    and there is no other Savior.
    12 First I predicted your rescue,
    then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.
    No foreign god has ever done this.
    You are witnesses that I am the only God,”
    says the Lord.
    13 “From eternity to eternity I am God.
    No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
    No one can undo what I have done.”

    • Yes Michelle!!! Loved your comments and loved these verses you posted.

      You said, “No matter how upset I get through the trials, God reminds no matter how wronged I feel the battle belongs to him and it teaches me to love and forgive those who have hurt me and Bless them.”

      That’s a very powerful point. Forgiveness is a very big part of passing the test and ending the trial.

      I’m praying for you Michelle. Have a beautiful day!

  6. Praising God right now for seeing you through another trial Chuck!!! I’m glad you shared this with the world because people need to know that their are others who go through major storms and come out of them. People also need to know that they need to remain in their relationship with Jesus to get true victory. I too needed to be reminded and have had a deeper love for God and His Word in the last week. Yes, there are times of major testing and heart wrenching trials, but there are also times of victory. I’m praying for each of you that posted who said they are going through a trial. I’m glad each of you commented because satan would rather us keep our mouths shut and not share and reach out to others for prayer.

  7. Oh how inspiring! I am so happy for you and appreciate so much the way you expressed your joy! I too, have moved into a new season and time of refreshing, favor, and exponential acceleration! God is so good! Please pray for Mark’s mom, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. We are believing for salvation, deliverance, healing, comfort, strength, and a great harvest in his family. We love you! Go Chuck!

  8. Pastor,
    Thanks for this word…I feel the same way.God is moving , I just want to be faithful.We have been through 4yrs of the most fierce storms and valley’s and God is showing us the way to the Mtn.Top .Soon Chris and I will be looking back down into that Valley with the Great reassurance that we only made the Journey,through his Sustainig Grace !!! I am praying for you Pastor and your wonderful family!!! Great to see you smiling and so full of Joy!! God is Good!! Coffeyman!

    • Coffeyman!! Yes! I say YES for everything I’ve seen happening in your life too. What an inspirational story God is writing with your family. I’m just so thankful to Him, for letting me be a part of your great journey. Happy Saturday friend.

  9. P.S. the amazing thing is I have only beeen a born again believer for just under a yr now…I thought I knew him through the last 4 yrs…but just in the last 9 or 10 months have I truly felt the power of God…The Majority of this valley I was walking alone but when he came into my heart 10 months ago things changed…I surrendered completely and watched him go to work. We are fastly moving ahead to the top of that mountain….PRAISE GOD!! Coffeyman!

    • David, you are right. Cindy Fortin and Jenny Accomando brought this up last Wednesday in life groups. It’s saddening to realize how many people are in churches all over America… doing the Christian thing, but not really finding a relationship with God. But many of they will. Because God is not finished with this Valley… he has only just begun.

  10. Pastor Chuck, this is Average Steve from Twitter.

    I’m glad I clicked on your blog link.

    I’m introducing online journaling to clients. This is further affirmation in the power of the journal.

    Thanks.