Arise and Shine
by Wendy Backlund
The secret to thriving in life isn’t the ability to avoid being caught up in issues, but the ability to know who you really are in the midst of whatever life brings your way. The truth is, you don’t find yourself in good situations because of sheer luck, but because of who you are, what you carry, your experience, your gifts, your perspectives, and your approach to things. Let’s say you lost your job tomorrow. Would your reaction be one of fear, believing that it was pure luck that got you there in the first place? Or, despite the initial shock, would you respond knowing that it’s who you are that got you the job and that means there’s always another opportunity around the corner? Many times, we attribute everything bad that happens to us as proof that we are inadequate and are failures. However, when something good happens, we often attribute it to chance. We think, "I didn't deserve it, so I can't reproduce it." Not knowing who we truly are, combined with a fear of what might happen in the future, is the reason we find ourselves wilting in life rather than thriving.
We are the light! I love where it says in Isaiah 60, verse one, "Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and Kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
I used to focus on the fear aspect of the "deep darkness” and miss the whole point. Deep darkness is an opportunity for us to shine. Even in this recent election, we could say, "Deep darkness is covering the United States!” Instead, we should know this hour is an invitation for people to finally arise and shine; it doesn't matter who becomes the president because kings and nations will come to our rising! It's not in our leader's hands, but ours! If we know who we are, we can create a stronghold of thriving!
The strongholds of the enemy used to occupy so much of my focus that it twisted my ability to see the potential a stronghold established in God could have. I used to think, “He’s got San Francisco in His hand, yet the people have been in sin for so long in that area that there’s such a deep stronghold of darkness.” Then one day God said, “You know Wendy, every time you take communion, you are building a stronghold for righteousness. Every time you worship together as a church, you are building a stronghold in your city because if evil people can build a stronghold by doing evil, then righteous people can build a stronghold by being righteous.”
We have become so focused on what the enemy is doing that we have forgotten to recognize what we’re called to be, and who we are. We’re not called to be victims to darkness. The darkness is a victim to us! We were born to thrive!
ABOUT WENDY BACKLUND
Wendy Backlund, along with her husband Steve, is from Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Wendy and Steve have a unique ministry that ignites hope, passion, joy, victorious mindsets and healthy relationships. They were senior leaders of renewal churches from 1991 to 2008 (Round Mountain, Nevada, and Weaverville, CA). The Backlunds travel regularly ministering to churches and leadership teams. Wendy has a passion for setting Christians free from their past and empowering them in their walk with Christ. She is a revelatory speaker, author, and teacher, enabling people to see life from a supernatural perspective.
Learn more about Wendy and her teaching at wendybacklund.com.
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