The Lord helps us lay aside every hindering weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us in our glorious race. It is to be noted that sin easily ensnares us. Some actions and habits become addictive quickly. It requires no effort on our part and happens without our awareness. We notice their presence as their strength increases and they require more power than expected to overcome them.
The remedy is simple faith. It’s taking that first step not to do what we used to do and allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to take the opposition into subjection. As easily as it started, it can stop when we let the Lord help us. The lie of our adversary is that it’s difficult and beyond our ability, but we can do all things through Christ.
In a race, the pressing through point is at the most difficult time when going forth appears impossible. At that moment, even though the muscles are burning with pain, we push through and suddenly find we can do it. We simply pursue the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus by pressing through, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
It’s when we do not think we are doing much–that much is happening. When we rest in the Lord, His glory rests upon us in increasing measure. We will not realize the fruits of our obedience and God’s increase upon our lives until the Kingdom is fully in place. Some plant, some water, but only God gives the increase. We trust God for all that He does because of who He is.
Instead of trying to figure out what God calls us to do, we walk in what He calls us to be, step by step. We realize what matters the most is our transformation into the image of Jesus Christ. We can rest and trust God for whatever He calls us to do in His name. Because of our call to be, we are on call to do.
The anointing we receive for our calling is an anointing for transformation. Then, as we partake of the character of Christ, He increases His anointing upon us to accomplish. Greater works shall we do indeed as Christ is free to be. Our faith in who He is in and through us brings forth His marvelous works, from glory to glory!
John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
When we fail, we try to hide from God instead of going to Him to get the mercy and grace we need. Our adversary wants us to dwell in defeat. Jesus is our great High Priest, and He is always compassionate and faithful. He understands everything we go through. Even when no one else “gets us”, God does.
He sympathizes with us and helps with the burdens and cares we carry to Him. We come to Him, not thinking we might find mercy and grace, but believing we will. He is the way, the truth, and the life. We come with hope and in humility. We don’t get what we deserve, but what we don’t deserve. How wonderful it is to find mercy and grace in our times of need!
The Word of God is alive, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. He pierces and reveals, with love, what we need to deal with, by His grace. It’s not our inadequacy, but God’s sufficiency that allows us to come to Him. He knows; He understands; He cares, and He loves. We believe. We receive. We come boldly, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Fear of what is happening, of what may happen, or of what has happened is often a reaction to what we see or know in the natural. Fear to do, to speak up, to fail, or to be rejected pertains to what occurs in us. As we are free from the fear to, the fear of diminishes. Minor events can trigger fear from past traumas and result in distress.
Putting our faith in who we are in Christ helps us to conquer fear. Satan uses fear to hinder our walk of faith. As we learn to stand by faith, we recognize the different ways fear attempts to grip our souls. We know the freedom we have to draw near to God and trust that He upholds us with His right hand.
Knowing God is near helps us remain in a place of peace. We are in Christ …and in Him there is salvation, righteousness, and abundant life. We receive His help by faith. Our aim must be to come closer and closer to Him. When fear grips us, the love of God embraces us, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 41:10-13 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
It may be difficult to believe that the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us when our flesh reacts to the circumstances we face. We may battle thoughts of guilt and condemnation, question the reality of His power, and feel hopeless and discouraged. Even when we feel unworthy of His presence, we realize He remains and will never leave us.
When we are confident of His indwelling, it helps us stand and trust our breakthroughs will manifest. The Spirit of Christ within us rises and overcomes our human frailty. Our faith works, and when we are our weakest, His power increases in amazing ways. He breaks forth despite us, enables us to break through and touches those around us so they, too, encounter the reality of the risen Lord.
When our flesh gets in the way, let’s remember it is not the flesh that defines us, but the Spirit, because the Spirit of God dwells in us. We walk in the Spirit as vessels surrendered to His indwelling. There is power in walking in who we are in Christ, by faith, shaking the dust off our feet and rejoicing and praising God for His indwelling power, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:9 “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.”
As soon as Elijah won the battle in Mount Carmel, Jezebel threatened to kill him. At that moment, he did what we must not do: he looked at himself, his situation, his life, his potential death, and he ran away. Fearful, in despair, he wanted to die. Keeping his eyes on the Lord, he was victorious. When he looked at himself, he received defeat. What a valuable lesson for us!
The enemy tries to bring us to a place of anguish immediately after a breakthrough. We get battled before and during our steps of obedience, and even more after! The goal of our adversary is to stop us from doing again what we have pressed through to do and cause us to retreat into inactivity.
After we step out in faith and God moves through us, our human state is fragile, and we can be vulnerable to the conniving ways of our adversary. In those times, we must choose to be around the people of faith we trust and rest in the Lord’s strength. His peace protects us; His power frees us; and His love comforts us, from glory to glory!
1 Kings 19:2-3 “Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.”