“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 NIV
…through Him who gives you strength.
Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.”
Joshua 1:1-9 MSG
You may be at a crossroads today.
You may be tired and worn out.
Maybe a bit discouraged and overwhelmed.
You know that the task before you is too big for you to do on your own.
God knows this too.
He doesn’t intend for you to do it on your own or by yourself.
He intends for you to move forward with Him.
To face the impossible challenge with Him.
To take the promised land back from the enemy and learn to live in it with Him.
So when you are at this crossroad wondering if you should keep going forward or if you even have the strength to, hear these words from your Father in heaven:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 NIV
Should you move forward?
Because you can do all things through Him who strengthens you.
“He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.”
Psalm 18:34-35 NIV
My prayer for you is that you would know His love as He pours His strength into you. That you would know His peace as you lean on Him. That you would rest in God’s grace as you walk by His guidance. That you would trust Him with the future and focus simply on the task before you. That you would be released from the restlessness within you as receive a new determination to go forward in faith.
You are stronger than you know because you know where your strength comes from and whose Right Hand sustains you. So fight and win.
“Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.” (James 1:9-11 MSG)
God doesn’t want to have a life that looks good. He wants you to have a life that is good.
That means facing the challenges, sticking it out thru the hard stuff to learn the hard lessons.
The hard lessons are the ones that give us the truths (and strength) to live a good life:
Your identity is in Christ, not a title, a position or job.
Your worth is who you are, not what you have (or don’t have).
You are loved completely, endlessly and for all eternity because you have been embraced by God.
You were made for more than just an easy life. You have been made to live a God ordained, Christ centered, Holy Spirit powered good life.
You are an overcomer.
You question the hard times.
You wonder why.
God sees the hard times before they arrive, when the happen, as well as the aftermath of them.
Why has God made you an overcomer?
…because He knew you would have to be.
He knew that broken people, in a broken world would hurt each other.
He came to redeem a broken world.
“for everyone born of God overcomes the world.
This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Who is it that overcomes the world?
Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4-5 NIV)
You are an overcomer.
You are because HE IS.
God made you an overcomer but how will you ever know it until you have something to overcome?