One of the things I’ve learned about when it comes to accomplishing things is that all of us get some kind of resistance in the brain. No matter how much we want to do it or how much we need to, some type of fear tries to come in and short circuit the brain to prevent us from following through fully. We face the fear of the unknown, the fear of how being successful in it might change us, the fear of what others will think and so on. These fears try to affect our physical actions, but they don’t have to. Each of us have the ability to push through when we recognize the fear and how it is trying to stop us. We have the capacity to follow through with what God has called us to do, but we must choose to push through no matter what.
You know the story in Genesis 22 where Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice Isaac. I’m sure Abraham”s mind was attacked by fear on the way up the mountain, yet he kept walking. Isaac was in the same boat. Every representation of this story you have seen has shown Isaac as a little boy. However, most Bible scholars believe he was an adult at the time of this encounter. Think about that. He understood what was going on as he carried the wood up the mountain and asked about it. He still took each step and presented himself as the sacrifice when he could have overpowered his father or run away. He didn’t let fear stop him from being obedient.
Romans 12:1 says, “So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer” (GNT). What has God asked you to step out in faith and do? What are the fears you’re facing? Whose voice are you listening to? We must be like Abraham and Isaac walking in faith the where God is leading us. We must take steps daily surrendering to His plan and will instead of ours. Yes, it is a sacrifice, and you’re going to have to give up some things along the way while carrying a heavy load. However, God will meet us in the place of provision when we push past the fears, submit ourselves as a sacrifice and dedicate ourselves to His purposes. Pick up His burden today and start taking steps in the direction He is leading you towards.
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4 responses to “Pushing Through”
I’ve read books and listened to podcasts by retired Navy SEALS. Each of them speak of the 40% rule: when your feel like you can’t go any farther (physically or emotionally) you still have over half a tank left. Judging by the heroes of our faith, like Abraham, we can safely add the spiritual dimension to this reality. Under the power of the Holy Spirit all bets are off!
That’s incredible! Keep pushing forward. Imagine what God could do when we push through.
David versus Goliath comes to mind. Nobody gave the ruddy teenager a chance against such a mighty warrior. Yet he had honed his skills with the sling shot (already killed a bear and a lion) and He was obviously filled with the Spirit of God. This tells me we have to put in the work but God can multiply it exponentially.
I agree with you. Many times we want God to supply everything, but He always multiples what we bring. We have to be the ones who offer ourselves, our talents, our schedules, our skills and whatever else we have to Him. When we do that, the miraculous happens.