Tag: perseverance

Start Walking: Facing Discouragement?

As you begin to walk on the water, you might feel unstoppable: your faith is firm, your eyes are fixed on Jesus, you have stepped into your gifting, God is equipping you, and you’ve got this!

And then along comes a harsh word, or a subtle taunt thrown your way…

“How are you going to balance everything?”

“If God wanted you to do that, He would…”

“You might be okay at X, but you’ll never be as good as X.”

“Are you sure this is what God really wants for you?”

The list goes on an on of potential remarks and encounters with people whose sole purpose is to undermine your faith journey. There is a difference between Biblical wisdom delivered with kindness and genuine concern versus the know-it-all-watchdog who does not want you to succeed or feels threatened in some way.

Remember Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”(NIV)

As you walk deeply in faith, don’t let the World (i.e., naysayers, Enemy, etc.) hold you back and discourage you.

  • What discouragements are you facing right now?
  • Who can help you on your journey?

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the work has been done

[cross-posted from www.fixedonhim.wordpress.com]

I am taking an American History class at Liberty University Online, and it dawned on me that all the work has been done for me to have freedoms and relax in our country; work done by many, from the Puritans to the pilgrims, the Native Americans, the French and Spanish, the indentured servants and the slaves. The many people who gave their lives, who suffered the harsh elements, disease, war, starvation, etc. Although some of those who came to this land had less than noble motives nonetheless progress came and the America we now know came.

Then it made me think about my relationship with God and how all the work has been done for me to enter that relationship with him. I didn’t have to suffer and die, I didn’t have to work years and years in the hope that some day that hard work would pay off and I could be living free of pestilence and disease, living free of death’s grip, living in total victory and not just a hope of victory, no, this was all accomplished, completed, finished by Jesus Christ, God’s one and only son, who loves me and thought of me when he finished his work on the cross. Jesus, like the early settlers, didn’t just pave the way so others could add to and finish the work. Jesus, by giving his life as a ransom, paid the full price and completed the work. That all who call on his name and believe that he was raised from the dead will be saved. Where are you at today? Are you working to add to the already completed work? Or are you resting in the victory that has already been won?