Finding Strength When Accused

There will be times in our lives when God is going to dismantle us. There will be times when we will be undone. In those moments, we’re going to think, “I’m ruined! Woe is me, for I am ruined.”

There will be seasons in our lives when we think we’re finished, but we’re not. Just as He did with Isaiah and Hezekiah, God is simply dismantling us to rebuild us for a greater purpose. Often, what brought us to this point in our Christian walk will not take us to the next. We need more horsepower on the inside.

A mechanic was rebuilding a big Harley motorcycle engine. He was putting in a six-speed. He had the jugs off and was boring it out to put bigger pistons in it. He then balanced it with its higher compression piston-heads and bigger carburetor. He said he was rebuilding the motorcycle because he would be taking it out on the freeway to tour with it, so he would need more horsepower to pass big trucks.

When he put that engine back together, it didn’t look any different from the previous one. However, the insides were completely dismantled and put back together. Now, its performance was greater due to greater horsepower. To achieve that result, the mechanic had to dismantle the whole thing.

In our lives, there will be times when God will dismantle us. You’ll realize though, that although you think you’re ruined, God is simply saying, “What brought you to this level will be inadequate to take you to the next.”

Here are some ways that God breaks us down and dismantles us.

Consequences and Breakdown

God allows us to face consequences. There are the consequences of our own actions — deeds that we have done. Bad seeds sown will start to come up as bad weeds. You’re going to reap the consequences.

Another way that God dismantles us it by having us experience some sort of breakdown. It might be emotional or physical.

Another symptom of an undoing or ruining will be a financial setback. Do you know why God removes finances? It’s to draw us close to Him. When God sees that we are straying into captivity, which is what happens when we draw away from Him and consequently suffer a breakdown, He has to deprive us financially toward repentance. Otherwise, we would not return.

Slowing Down Our Lives

Another way God dismantles us is to let our lives slow down. It feels as though nothing is happening. Let’s talk about what to do when God turns your life onto a slow mode.

  1. Start Building Deep
  2. It’s a season when we’ve got to build deeply. It’s a time when we need to develop our devotional life with Christ. If we’re not okay with only Jesus Himself, then we’re in trouble. Sometimes, we don’t realize that Jesus is all we need until Jesus is all we’ve got.

  3. Get Your Life in Order
  4. Start doing all the things you need to do. What do we need to put in order in our lives? Some of us may need to get some schooling or training just to get our lives in order. Look at your own life and ask, “What do I need to get in order?”

    God slows us down in order to deepen our lives and get things in order. Take a look at your calendars, at the plans you have; put that in order. God slows us down because He knows that some turns are coming up ahead and, if we don’t slow down, we’ll crash and burn.

  5. Run the Race God has Set Before You

Know what your race is. What is He asking you to do for this season of your life?

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2).

We need to know what race He is setting before us for this season of our lives. In other words, what must we be faithful to for right now? In our thinking, in our relationships, we must ask God help in getting our priorities in order.

Build deeply. Let’s get our lives in order and run the race set before us. Don’t run anyone else’s race.

During this season, when you feel dismantled, build deeply because God is going to slow down your life. It may happen through consequences, a financial setback or an emotional or physical breakdown. You’re going to say, “I’m undone; I’m ruined.” However, the Lord is saying, “No, I’m just dismantling your engine to rebuild you from the inside out. If you will run the race that I’ve set before you—not them, you—then when I bring you back, you will shine and indeed be an ambassador for Christ.”

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