Advancement in the Midst of Opposition
Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power (they shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick): “Do not remember the former things,
nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert- Isaiah 43:16-19
The past is not powerful enough to hold you; you can only hold it with your mouth and your thought. The fact that you have failed in the past doesn’t mean you will fail in the future. If you want to be a winner, you must not give up, no matter the difficulty you encounter on your way to the top.
Do not go through the whole year rehearsing what the enemy did the previous year. Dare it again, not minding the challenges on the way. Adam did not give up. After some time of grieving for Abel, he went in to his wife again and she became pregnant to produce Seth (meaning God has given me another chance). Your future is bright if only you can put more effort in what you are doing. Therefore, you should let go of your past so that you can enter into your abundance.
There is what is called a stress limit; medical science teaches that we need some degree of pressure in our lives. There are some hormones in you that rise to react and do things when you are under pressure. You wouldn’t know the energy and strength that God has deposited in you until you are under pressure. You might never explore the ingenuity God has placed in you until you are hungry to have more.
Many people want enlargement without going through any stress. Most times, we run away from trouble but trouble makes all of us. In retrospect, you will realize that whatever you have achieved in your past are gotten in the midst of challenges, hardship and stress. So if you do not give up, you will realize that troubles will become a platform for your lifting.
Do you know the children of Israel would not have left Egypt if not for the pressure they got from Pharaoh? If they had been comfortable in Egypt, they wouldn't have desired to leave Egypt. Just like the Israelites, there are things in our lives that cannot speak but teach us daily. Trouble gives us the opportunity to think deeply; it teaches all of us.
The dictionary meaning of distress is the state of being in danger or difficulties and needing help. If not for the fact that David killed Goliath, David wouldn't have been famous. He would have lived and died an ordinary man. If God wants to promote you, He will allow you to face some challenges. Spiritually, what humans call adversity is God’s university for our promotion.
Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. - Isaiah 8:10
Despite the evil counsel the brothers of Joseph took against him, their counsel came to nought; it only worked for the good of Joseph on the long run. His brothers thought they were working against him, not knowing they were merely working towards advancing God's programme for him. May that also be your story in Jesus name (Amen).
Prayer: I liaise my words and thought with God’s word, I will not be held in bondage by my past. I take steps of faith in the right direction; I enter into my abundance in Jesus name.
Further Reading: Psalm 4:1, Psalm 126
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 28;16-29:40; Luke 3:23-38; Psalm 62:1-12; Proverbs 11:18-19