The Resurgent Leader – Part 2


People have very, very serious problems.

John 16:33 (NIV) ‘… In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.


Many people … believers and unbelievers alike … are convinced that God is a magician, like a fairy godmother that makes ball gowns and carriages for Cinderellas, and takes away troubles, at a wave of a wand.


Honestly, God promises us much, much more than magic or witchcraft could promise, but the difference is that God’s blessings are on His terms. Idolatry and witchcraft are about humans making gods they can control on their own terms, especially when they are in trouble.


Scripture is very clear that the righteous are not spared the trials of life but, praise God, we can bounce back because of the hope that the Gospel instills in us.


Proverbs 24:16 (ESV)for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.’

I declare that even when you are knocked down seven out of eight YOUR RESURRECTION is certain! Your one up will be greater than your seven downs.

It is important to understand the principles of resurgence because there are so many illusions around the subjects of failure and success.


For instance, John Wooden wrote,


’the two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.’


Such a saying can give us the impression that we will either know failure or success in life; that we are either going to have to cope with the challenges of failure or the challenges of success. However, I am inclined to think that everyone will have ups and downs, valleys and mountain tops, whether they are famous or not.

The point is to remember that,He’s the God of the mountain just as much as he is the God of the valley.’ In other words, even the person people consider to be a failure has a mixed bag of failures and successes: and the person that is considered to be a success has a mixed bag of success and failure.


We are never only one or the other because the God that made the day also made the night, and the God that made the color black also made the color white. That’s why Paul’s outlook is the healthiest for coping with every extremity:


Philippians 4:12 (NIV) ‘I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.’

I see God giving us the wisdom to ride the ups and downs of the waves of life equally well.

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