Don’t Give Up!
I am sitting on the edge of my seat with an expectation of the greater days ahead. I want to encourage you to know that God has something better in store for you too, if you faint not! Don’t allow yourself to give into weariness while on your assignment, because your victory is attached to your perseverance. Galatians 6:9 says, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. In due season, the promises with your name on it will manifest!
We all face times in our lives that’ll leave us so broken and wounded we think we can’t go on. There are circumstances that can leave you so hurt you don’t even want to believe again for fear of experiencing the same pain. Yet you still try to move forward, try to keep hoping, but it seems to be a lost cause. You've run out of resources and you've run out of strength. Even if you have a support system, you can reach a point of wondering if you can ever trust again or dream again. Not to mention the fact there are always enemies trying to keep you down by mocking you, taunting you, which may cause you to doubt your value and abilities.
Have you ever reached a place where you are so tired you just don’t want to try anymore? That’s the kind of tired that even sleep doesn't fix. It occurs when you've suffered so much loss you have no fight left and you are at the point of saying, “I’m just tired now.”
I am reminded of the story of Nehemiah and his determination to rebuild the Temple and the city of Jerusalem. The Babylonians had laid siege to the city and reduced it to rubble. Seventy years later the Babylonian empire fell and freed the people who had been enslaved. However, they were freed without resources. They were freed, but with low self-esteem. Freed, but with no strength. Freed to hear sarcasm and ridicule that their goals would never be reached. Sound familiar?
You probably know the story. But the twist to this story is that Nehemiah, whose name means comforter, found favor with the king. He obtained permission to rebuild, received papers for safe passage throughout the kingdom, and provision to accomplish the arduous task at hand. Was it an easy task? No. Was their mission accomplished? Absolutely! You see, in spite of everything, they were still the children of God, and God never forgets His own.
Don’t be deceived. When God gives you permission to succeed, it doesn't matter how long, or how hard you work. It doesn't matter what the situation looks like, or how it feels. God will send you help. Just because you have to fight for whatever it is, doesn't mean you don’t have permission for possession. You have to be persistent and persistence pays off.
Nehemiah’s persistence is remarkable—how he pulled courage out of the people; his wisdom to pause and pray; why his countenance was a critical factor in what became a divine opportunity.
Always remember that whenever you begin to make progress the enemy sends words to deter what you’re doing, or cause you to abort your assignment altogether. You must be able to challenge the voices that are trying to shut you down and fortify yourself. Through it all God is able to revive you even when others have pronounced you dead. If He has ever done that for you, you already know you've been Revived for a Reason.