It’s amazing how rough & tough things get when you choose to step outside of conventionality, asking Him to add some extra to your ordinary.
It’s quite amazing how rough & tough things get when you step outside of the box and add some super to the natural.
It really is all too exciting.
Of recent I’ve been making some overwhelming progress in the journey towards fulfilling both vision and purpose, and cannot but laugh at the stumbling blocks tossed at me by life, by the enemy. I laugh!
I am excited to soon share and proclaim ministry! For one, perhaps because many of you- my dearest of all readers and followers- will be part of it (are indeed already!), and also because it is but step 1 on a very long and exciting journey that will outlast and outlive me by far.
I am excited because today, on a day dedicated to denying my flesh, seeking His face and proclaiming His word, I was forced to stay at home due to ill health: in a time and season dedicated to spiritual, mental and physical strength and well-being, a stumbling block? I laugh.
I am excited because I can see the enemy trembling; looking for a way to stop me, chain me, hold me down, hold me back.
I am excited because it only confirms that I am on the right track!
I guess all I’ve really come to share today is that while starting your own thing and pursuing your dreams there will be challenges! There will be times when you’ll be pushed to the wall, your mind will be questioned and your strength put to the test. Whatever it be, be stronger! Be an overcomer. In seasons of doubt, go back to the drawing-board. Just as with Joseph, on your journey towards destiny, there will be valley and even prison experiences. There will be seasons of loneliness, times of aloneness. But do not fret, God is at work. There is always something happening behind the scenes.
Tonight I want to encourage you to be strong. Just as both God and the people spoke encouraging words to Joshua, I have come to speak them to you.. Be strong and courageous!
My prayer for all you history-makers has been beautifully summarized in Ezekiel 3 when God called him out to speak to His people..
And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
4 He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. 5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel— 6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate. 8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. 9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.”
10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. 11 Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.”
Today I pray that the Lord may cause both your heart and mind, your shoulders and feet to be strong.
May your heart not grow weak, your mind not doubt His promises and word, your shoulders not crumble under the sheer weight of challenges yet to come, and your feet not tread the path intended for another.
May He cause you to be strong and overcome!
..or as it is usually said, “May you continuously outlast your critics!”
Maybe a study of the biblical book of Nehemiah will act as needed encouragement this week. Regardless of what people say or how they say it, what they do to support or to hinder you, make sure that at every single step alone the way your mindset remains unchanged, for it is your heart and your mind – not the opinions of others- that will determine whether you (can) keep going.