I know the enemy is whispering ever so sweetly in your ear, "It's ok. Just stop. You're working so hard for nothing." This Christian life is not for the faint at heart but oh is it worth it. Do you feel like the enemy is bombarding you or seducing you temptations?
Often times when we think of temptations, sexual temptation is what comes to mind. While that is one of satan's tactics, it's NOT his only one. Particularly, when you have been in a season of waiting, he often comes with the temptation to give up. In my experience, he doesn't yell and scream in our ears but rather softly encourages us to throw in the towel as he rubs our backs or massages our shoulders. God tells us in Galatians 6:9, "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." So, no matter how sweet the voice may sound that's convincing you to give up, that is the enemy! Would it be easier to give up? Absolutely, yes! But what would you rather have, an easy life outside of God's Will or a powerful, God-led life?
There's no better place to be than in the Will of God. Remind yourself that what you're going through is purposeful and there is a great reward for your obedience and perseverance. When you focus on the goal, enduring the obstacles become a little bit easier. You have a reason not to succumb to the pressure and give in. Hebrews 12:1-3 reminds us, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up."
Follow Jesus' example and focus on Him. Trust me, dying on the cross and taking all of the world's sin on his flesh was no easy feat. Jesus wasn't whistling and skipping on his way to the cross for our sins. The bible tells us in Matthew 26:39 that Jesus pleaded with the Father to not have to endure the suffering that awaited him. At the end of it all, He said, "Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Jesus was focused on the end and He understood that the cost was worth it. Similarly, the bible tells us to set our eyes on Jesus. He not only was our example but also the source of our strength to endure to the end. Philippians 4:13 encourages us saying, "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." Under that umbrella of EVERYTHING includes the temptations, tests, trials, dry seasons, preparation and anything that comes up against us on this journey of faith.
What can you use to sustain you when you're beginning to get weary and the enemy begins taking off your shoes, rubbing your feet and telling you to just sit down for a while?
GOD'S FAITHFULNESS! God is faithful. Yes, the situation may seem dark. Yes, it may seem like you’ve been striving for so long and nothing has seemed to change. But do you know what else NEVER changes? God’s Word! Whether it is His written Word or a specific word that He gave you regarding your situation, He does not change. Numbers 23:19 tells us, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind.” He has never spoken and failed to act. He has never promised and not carried it through. We stand on what He says about our situations and about lives.
I know you’re tired. We all have those moments. Encourage yourself in the Lord, Sis. Don’t give into the temptation to give up and stand on God’s faithfulness. He will sustain you! God actually wants you to finish strong. Keep His Word in your heart and in your ears. Check out my Meditation Monday Vlog Notes “God is Faithful” to get some scriptures to stand on.
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