It is tough in this place, but my God is tougher
“It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.” (Sören Kierkegaard)
Many people are in situations where they are asking, “How did I get to this place and how do I pull out of it?” It is the exact question I am asking myself. But then I realize that this is the place where God has me right now. It is not my destiny and I am not stationed here, rather it is the launching place for my next phase of my God give vision. See so long as I have a vision, I am not going to give up because of a few or many challenges that come my way. I also know that though I might not see my constant companion, the Holy Spirit besides me, He is with me. Although I feel like I am drowning, He is watching me and knows how deep I can go and the right depth I can handle, and He will not let me be destroyed in this storm. So I have no reason to worry, fear or panic. I have resolved in my heart that because He and I are a majority, we can overcome all things. I also do not panic because I have learned that the devil does not come after me, but after my God given vision.
Each one of us must end up somewhere in life, but to arrive somewhere on purpose we must have a vision. A vision tells me which direction to go because it has a voice. It has a power that helps me to push through problems. A vision has energy that refuels and charges me when I am feeling drained. A vision increases my passion for God and for my God-given purpose on earth. A vision also increases my productivity. In carrying out a vision I have learned that I am just a carrier of it; the giver protects and provides for it. The giver is God, and I am not responsible for what I carry inside of me because it was deposited there by God; my vision came from him. The vision constantly causes me to challenge myself to think like my Master and Lord Jesus Christ. It challenges me to reach for the higher calling. The vision ignites a fire in me that cannot be quenched. It lures me to the feet of Jesus, where I come to seek and hear his voice. It is where I lay down the problems that seek to overwhelm me and allow his presence to overwhelm me. I allow myself to be drowned in his love and mercy.
To be able to pursue my vision aggressively I need to know what it is and keep reminding myself about it. The easiest way to do that is to write it down. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write my vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” This helps me put meaning to my vision. It helps be more definite about it, and helps eliminate any process and activities that hinder my progress. The vision gives me an eye to see far and it pushes me to have hope against hope. Hope therefore gives me the ability to see success in the face of failure. It helps me see possibility in the face of impossibility and acceptance in the face of rejection. The vision turns my mourning into dancing. What do you see in your life today? If you cannot answer this question, I encourage you to ask the Lord to give you eyes to see every situation through his eyes.
Vision causes me to pray. Vision also causes me to believe. What I believe shapes my lifestyle. My lifestyle comes out of my thoughts, because I am a sum total of all the thoughts I have thought and entertained this far. Thoughts are things or like nets that attract birds. For this reason, I choose to renew my mind. I choose not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Only then will I be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will ( Romans 12:2) This shapes my mind to agree with what the word of God says about my circumstances. Hebrews 11 challenges me to step out of my comfort zone and believe that God will do what he said he will do. This is because my faith is recharged when I read what the saints of old received by faith. My attitude has to be in check too; though I seem to ignore it, it has a big role to play in my vision. This helps me to stand against my critics, against those who tell me I cannot make it and those who question why I do what I do in the kingdom of God. My attitude in the face of those who think my vision is not needed on earth is that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. I choose, see, believe, have the right attitude and then act accordingly. Application of what needs to be done is the key. I do not worry about the resources because I know provision always follows the vision. Joseph became a leader many years after his dream, the children of Israel left Egypt 40 years after Moses had a vision, and Isaac was born after the vision. But all these people had to step out of their comfort zone and act and follow after God purposes.
Where are you in your vision, do you feel stuck, stagnant, discouraged and considering to quit? God wants you to know that He will provide for your vision. All you need to do is believe that He is the one who works in you and though you. Do not give up; the Lord is for you and not against you. His word says “If God be for us then who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). So he is for you, he is passionate about providing for your vision. He passionately wants you to hear his voice concerning your vision. He wants to directs your path and protect it. Be encouraged as you stand still in faith and watch God move through you. Watch as His presence overwhelms you and He leads you to do the impossible. Watch as He moves to make straight all the crooked paths that have delayed your vision. Watch as the enemies of your vision give way and surrender. Watch them bow to the Kings of kings and Lord of lords. The devil is defeated; resist him and he will flee away. Your vision must endure.
Robert F Kennedy said “Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and a 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. ‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all.”
By Evangelist Isabella Mwango
Vessel For Honor International Ministries
It is tough in this place, but my God is tougher