How God Can Bring You From Rock Bottom To Mountaintop Faith

Mountaintop Faith

We hear of so many stories where people reach the point of rock bottom in their life. You may be one of those persons who have had such an experience and understand too well what it’s all about. But for you who have never been there, I want you to know it’s a place in your life where you feel hopeless and you are at the point of giving up on life.

You are stripped of everything, at times even your dignity. God’s presence seems far from you and nothing; I mean nothing makes sense anymore. You begin to look for a way to escape your pain in all of the wrong places and you even turn to things and people who instead of pointing you to the road of recovery and redemption, they lead you in all of the wrong things.

Time goes by and the noise of fear grows so intense and begins to consume the silence of spiritual death. Sadly, that is the point where some end up taking their own life.

Not all stories where one is plunged into rock bottom end in death by suicide. There are many heart-warming stories of victory and triumph over defeat and where God is known to step in and transform lives from fear at rock bottom to mountaintop faith.

Michael Phelps’ Road to Redemption and Faith

Michael Phelps’ total tally in Olympic gold medals reached 23 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and by all accounts, this may well be the final time before he retires from competing in the sport that not only placed him in the spotlight but caused so many to come to know and love him.

Screen-Shot of Michael Phelps confession

Screen shot of Michael Phelps’ confession (Twitter)

His extraordinary gift of swimming caused him to rise to stardom over the years. But somehow his life would take a turn that sent him into a downward spiral. By his own confession he was arrested and charged with DUI. And recently he also revealed his struggles with substance abuse and how he almost committed suicide.

There were days following his arrest when he isolated himself in his home, he didn’t eat, hardly slept while all the while he was considering killing himself.

In his own words he revealed, “I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb, waiting to go off. I had no self-esteem, no self-worth. There were times where I didn’t want to be here. It was not good. I felt lost.” ~ Michael Phelps

He claimed that at the time he was thinking to himself, “This is the end of my life. How many times will I mess up? Maybe the world would be better without me.” 

Life however was not meant to end for Phelps, at least not yet, not right now. God proved that He had His hands upon the once focused and disciplined swimming machine and would intervene in the most extraordinary and unprecedented way worthy of all the praise, glory and honor to His name.

The evidence of the amazing grace of God, His unquestionable and undeniable power to raise human-kind from rock bottom to mountaintop faith came when a long-time friend of Phelps, a Christian and NFL star by the name of Ray Lewis spoke words of life, hope and encouraged him to get into rehab. Phelps was also blessed by his friend with the book “The Purpose Driven Life, What On Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren

In an interview with ESPN Magazine Phelps shared how reading the Christian book not only led to believe there is a power greater than himself (power of Christ) but he understood there to be a purpose for him on this planet.

Additionally, through his new found faith in Christ, Phelps was persuaded through the reading of the book to make amends and reconcile the disunity between him and his estranged father who had divorced his mom when he was just at the time 9 years old.

His life has been changed. He is back on the mountaintop of championship, Olympic gold and stardom, only this time through his faith in Jesus Christ.

Shortly after leaving rehab in November 2014 he began to train for the Rio Olympics. The evidence of God’s blessings did not end there. He reconciled with his long-time girlfriend, Nicole Johnson who he asked to be his wife. On May 5th 2015 the engaged couple was blessed with the birth of their first son, Boomer Robert and is said to be formerly wed in holy matrimony at the end of 2016.

Michael Phelps with his gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Photo credit - Clive Rose/Getty Images

Michael Phelps with his gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Photo credit – Clive Rose/Getty Images

A Divine Encounter And A New Life Through Christ

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 6:23 (ESV)

You may be experiencing spiritual death and emptiness right now but your life too can be filled to overflowing and be transformed through the power of Jesus Christ and the blood that He shed on Calvary’s Cross for you. Your action today of total surrender to Jesus is the necessary step to get you to your mountaintop faith.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1:9 (ESV)

There is nothing that you have ever done in this world that takes God by surprise. God will forgive all your sins. Through the work of grace and mercy, He cleanses every sin sick soul with the blood of His own dear Son and makes your life anew. Your action today is to confess your sins so you can receive His grace of forgiveness.

“Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

His righteousness replaces man’s righteousness which in God’s eyes is nothing but filthy rags. And when you take that step of faith, blessings of joy, peace and happiness awaits you in the new life experience through Jesus Christ.

You too can rise from rock bottom to mountaintop faith!

Your turn, let’s talk it over

  • Were you inspired by Michael Phelps’ story?
  • Have you taken the step of faith to believe in the power of God to change and transform your life?
  • What are some of the things that is holding you back?
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About Yvonne I. Wilson (793 Articles)
Yvonne I. Wilson is known for her prolific, dynamic leadership style with over twenty years in the healthcare industry. She is a trailblazer and a catalyst for change; a positive thinker and someone who is very passionate and optimistic about life. She is mantled as an end-time Apostolic Prophet with an extraordinary spirit of discernment, an exceptionally strong prophetic and healing anointing and a unique gift in prophetic intercessory prayer as she navigates through the realm of the spirit and as she ministers to the nations. With the Agape love of God and His undeniable purpose for which He has called her, God has given her a Prophetic Deliverance Ministry to bring deliverance to His people, to heal the wounded, rejected and emotionally scarred/broken in spirit, to break barriers, old paradigms and false teachings and to rebuild, establish and plant the things of God.

10 Comments on How God Can Bring You From Rock Bottom To Mountaintop Faith

  1. Kathleen Hayes // November 26, 2016 at 6:56 am //

    Hi Yvonne I am very much like Phelps. Hit rock bottom lost my job don’t know what to do. But one thing I do know is the Lord shall supply my every need .I just ask that you pray for me while I hope through the strom.

    • Amen Kathleen! God will do it again! He did it for Phelps, He did i for me and sure enough, He will do it for you! Your storm is about to end. According to the word of God, the Egyptians you saw you will see them no more. I say to you it is working out for your good. It is working in your favor. Believe and you shall see it come to pass! Cheers! God bless you.

  2. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this message. I find myself in the bottom right now. Business has taken downturn and nothing seems to be moving in the right direction. i am trusting God to bring a turnaround and catapult me unto the top.

    • Hi William

      Welcome to my blog. Even when it seems dark and nothing is happening, I would encourage you not to give up on God. He is your light even when it is night because of what life throws at you. Immerse yourself in His word. Give Him every problem and every situation you are faced with right now.

      Receive His peace in your mind. i pray for an open heaven over you right now, receive it in Jesus name, I believe God with you for a turnaround in the name of Jesus. The depth that you find yourself in is an indication of how high God is about to bring you. May God bless you with favor, amen

  3. Thank you Yvonne for this heart warming story on Michael Phelps! Like a lot of people I’ve been brought out of another “pit” on my journey. Thanks be to God. The Lord is so good (always) and His Praise shall continually be in my mouth, blessing Him at all times (Psalms 34:1) .

    • Thank you for stopping by and leaving such an amazing comment and for speaking the praises of God. Your testimony is yet another demonstration of the supernatural, undeniable power of the mercy and grace of God. Bless you and remember that all things work together for the good of them who love God and are called according to His purpose.

  4. Hi Yvonne,

    Thank you for a most inspiring post. It shows that anybody can hit rock bottom. But as you clearly point out, no matter how hopeless we might feel, God can put us back right at the top.

    I think it is an excellent example you used in this post of Michael Phelps. It is so easy to just see the glitz and glammer lifestyles of these super stars, but we don’t always realize what these people experience and what they have to go through where we cannot see them.

    Forgiveness, purpose and focus are three elements I pick up fom this article which are essential to get back on top.

    Have a great day,


    • Hi Jaco,

      Thanks for your valuable input. I am happy that you were blessed by the message which really brings to light the power of God, His forgiveness, His love and the fact that He has a purpose for each one of us here on this earth.

      The enemy’s plan is to cause us to become distracted, lose our focus to the point where we want to abort our purpose but as the word declares when he should come in like a flood, the Spirit of God shall lift up a standard against Him.

      We thank God for such an amazing testimony and to demonstrate to the world that He is alive and is still in the business of working miracles.

      Have a great weekend and a wonderful week ahead.

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