Fatigue can prove to be a great foe when you're working toward achieving your goals. One year, I was driving from Atlanta to visit my family in Memphis. That particular day, I was a bit tired as I started my journey. A couple of hours into the drive, I began to feel I could not make it any farther. So, I decided to pull to the side of the highway since no exit was immediately in sight.
As I sat there, I felt mildly encouraged to continue on despite my weariness. I argued within myself. Then, I gave in. I pulled out onto the highway and I journeyed on. To my surprise, just a few miles down the road was a proper rest area. Imagine my delight and relief.
Once situated for a brief respite, the Lord ministered to me how that many people succumb to the pressures of life. They want so much to succeed, but they give up way too soon. I saw how that, if you press on a little farther, what you need is just around the bend.
Napoleon Hill said, “Failure takes great delight in tripping one up when success is almost within reach.”
“More than 500 of the most successful people America has ever known
said their success came just one step beyond
the point at which defeat had overtaken them.” (Hill)
For me, Tyler Perry is a good example. He tells the story of how he saved up $12,000 to produce a musical play at an Atlanta theater in 1992. It was a complete flop; only 30 people showed up. He ended up living in his car for a while. It was extremely tough for him, a high school dropout who had experienced much physical abuse during his childhood. (http://www.biography.com/people/tyler-perry-361274)
But what stands out to me is that Perry did not give up. He decided to, as Rev. Jesse Jackson says, “Keep hope alive.”
Fast forward to today. Perry is one of the most recognized figures in America. He is an extremely successful playwright, author, producer and director. I must add that he’s rich too. How’s that for someone who has earned his GED, not a college degree?
I could go on with name after name of people who have succeeded against all odds, but I think you get the point.
In the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul wrote to a people who had become discouraged and confused by the conflicting information they had received regarding their salvation. Some were about to miss it big time. But Paul wrote, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)
Paul was emphatic about not fainting or quitting and I understand why. It’s because it is abundantly true that all who will receive this Word will attain their goal. You see, your faith determines whether you triumph or fail. When a couple of men wanted Jesus to heal them of blindness, they pursued Him and cried out for what they wanted. They did not stop until He acknowledged them. Jesus asked them if they believed He was able to do what they desired. Their answer was yes. Then, He responded saying, “…According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:27-29)
Jesus informed them that it was their view of the situation that played a part in determining their outcome. Thus, they received what they asked for because they sought for it with great determination and heart-felt faith.
TRUTH: The only difference
between you and someone who has that for which you are believing,
is that they stood until they got it!
Scripture says, “If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10) The point being, your shield of faith works at its greatest when you face opposition. Most of the time, people try to avoid or escape a challenge instead of facing it and running it off. They fail to recognize that their heart's desire is on the other side of that seemingly insurmountable problem.
So, decide today that you’re going to dig in your heels, brush off your shield of faith and start wielding your sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:11-17) PRESS ON toward the mark. (Philippians 3:14)
Dioko is the Greek word for “press.” Metaphorically speaking, it means “to pursue”—“to seek after eagerly, to earnestly endeavor to acquire.” It also carries the meaning of “running swiftly to catch a person or thing” or “to run a race swiftly to reach a goal.” Either way, your situation is covered. (http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/dioko.html)
I guarantee, if you will stand your ground, you will overcome, succeed in every endeavor, and receive the prize. The hosts of heaven are cheering you on because they know God’s got your back! They are assured that, as you co-labor with God, He will cause you to be more than a victorious, conquering warrior.
Therefore, PRESS ON, be courageous and act; YOU WILL succeed!
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