You Can Do Hard Things

“Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.”

Joshua 1:9 MSG

Today you may be faced with a task that looks way too big for you to tackle.

God knows this.

He doesn’t intend for you to do it on your own or by yourself.

He intends for you to tackle it with Him.

To face the impossible challenge with Him.

To lean on His strength, His wisdom, His power to do it.

Should you face it?

Yes
.

Can you?


Yes
.

Why?


Because you are not alone in it.

You can do all things through the One who will strengthen you. 

A Call To Climb

“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him.”

Matthew 5:1-2 MSG

Sometimes Jesus calls you to climb. 

He draws you away from the noise of the crowds to a quiet place where He can speak to you. 

A place that you can hear Him clearly with no distractions. 

He wants to show you something new.

When Jesus calls you to climb with Him, you can bet that it is for your benefit.

You can also bet that it isn’t going to be easy.

Nothing worth having comes easy.

When Jesus calls you to climb higher it is to make you stronger.

If you are feeling lost in the crowd, maybe it is because you don’t belong there. You belong to Jesus and He is calling you higher.

What you learn there will change your life.

What mountain is Jesus calling you to climb with Him today?

Difficult, Not Impossible

“That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.” ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Why did the people of Israel weep?

Because 10 of the 12 spies that Moses sent into the promised land came back saying it was impossibleAnd the people believed them instead of believing God.

They mourned as if they were already defeated when in truth, they had not even begun.

This nation of former slaves looked at the promised land in fear because it was going to be difficult.

They wanted the promise but only if God was going to make it easy for them.

Stepping into your promised land isn’t going to be easy.

You are going to have to fight for it, face the giants and trust God to take you to a new level of trust in Him.

God has brought you this far and He will take you all the way in.

Getting there is going to be one step of faith after another.

It will always be a walk of faith.

You can trust God to give you what you will need when you will need it to do what He has called you to do.

It is difficult but not impossible.

Wipe your tears, lace up your shoes and go for all God has for you.

Restored

  

Being right with God isn’t the hard part.

The hard part is learning how to live it out.

You have lived a long time being broken.

A long time learning how to cope with it, how to function in it. The good news of Jesus Christ is that He has taken your brokeness upon himself and in return offers you wholeness. To restore your mind, heart, soul and spirit to God’s original design.

He wants to teach you a new way to live.

How to live whole and treasured.

How to live trusting and trusted.

How to live nurtured and nourished.

How to love and be loved.

“He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.” (‭Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭21-24‬ MSG)

It takes time and perseverance.

God provides the time, we provide the perseverance.

Don’t give up. Everyday you are learning how to live restored in Christ.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭4‬ NIV)

What To Do When You Want Quit

  

Don’t.

There are gifts that only come by facing the hard things.

There is growth that only comes form holding on to God through the tough times.

There is maturity that only develops as you persevere when everything around you is uncomfortable, difficult and hard.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4 NIV)

Don’t give up.

Hold on to God like he is your Savior and let perseverance finish it’s work.

If you quit halfway through you will never know what it means to be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Don’t quit. Buckle down, hold on and ride out the storm.

You are worth it.