“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
Hebrews 12:1 NKJV
I am often astounded by the seemingly random nuggets of wisdom, that comes out of the mouths of my children. They are on their half term holiday this week, and since we had nowhere to be this morning, we flopped on the couch and let Disney entertain us for a couple of hours.
As the fairy godmother did her magic on Cinderella, my daughter said: “You know Mum, magic can only change things on the outside, it can’t change the people themselves.” She also mentioned how the genie made Aladdin look like a sultan, but it was only his appearance that was changed.
Reflecting on her wisdom, I thought about my own search for magic. Something that could give me the appearance of freedom without the effort. I know there are many people who cry out to God to intervene, and it is great when there is an instant result, but sometimes (more often than not), I believe that God wants to work something in us, that is much more valuable than mere appearance.
What use is looking like you’re free on the outside, when you’re being tormented on the inside. What if the transformation we really need, isn’t an instant one, but one that comes through faith and patience?
“So don’t allow your hearts to grow dull or lose your enthusiasm, but follow the example of those who fully received what God has promised because of their strong faith and patient endurance.”
Hebrews 6:12 TPT
It’s hard to keep going, and not lose your enthusiasm, when you have been standing in faith for something for a long time, and you’re not yet seeing any signs of breakthrough. But I cannot stress enough how important endurance is. You will break through, if you don’t give up!
Diligent application of faith can break through anything. Anything.
“Does not my word burn like fire?” says the Lord. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29).
Some of us have been hammering away, by speaking the Word, speaking to the mountain, and moments before we break through, we give up. Some of us haven’t even picked up the hammer, because we’re waiting for the fairy godmother to make the mountain disappear. Don’t waste your time while you’re waiting for breakthrough. Pick up your hammer and start going at the mountain. Your hammer is not a natural tool. It has supernatural power that breaks rock!
There was a time when I really struggled with my mental health. Having been on medication for depression in the past, I realised that I wasn’t just feeling “low.” I was waking up in the mornings, so angry that I could punch a hole through the wall. It was a very unusual emotion for someone who had everything she had ever hoped for. A wonderful home, loving husband, cute (and mostly well behaved) kids. On the surface, I looked like I had it all. But I was constantly bombarded with negative thoughts and feelings, which started to develop into a depression-like state that I was very familiar with.
During this time, I discovered Robia’s teaching on Speaking Life. I started to apply it. I would sit on the edge of the bath in the morning, waiting for it to fill up, I would speak the Word out loud: “The joy of the Lord is my strength. This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Let me be honest, I did not feel the joy, for a very long time. But I did it anyway.
One morning I woke up and I wasn’t angry. I felt different. Happy, even. The anger was no where to be found. The hammer broke through the rock. And it felt good. I would like to tell you that everything was just peachy after that, but the enemy doesn’t give up his territory easily. There would be days when those negative emotions would start to rise up again.
At first I didn’t recognise these negative thoughts sneaking in, and therefore, I often found myself in the pit. But I learned to hammer my way out, every single time. The first attempt maybe took a week, the next attempt took a day, then hours and now minutes. Today, I live in freedom from that depressive state. I don’t just appear to be joyful on the outside. I possess joy. I have become joyful. The Word transformed me from the inside out, because I kept hammering away at that rock. I did not give up. I endured.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9 NIV
Real magic happens when we do not give up. When we endure. Galatians 6:9 in the New King James Version says “let us not be weary in well doing…” The word, “doing” is so interesting. In it’s original context is a very rich word with many meanings. It means to create, to make something, to abide (selah), to continue, to exercise, to keep, to purpose, to agree, to work, to yield. It means journeying. Come on! Can you feel the power of endurance?
Keep enduring as you abide in the presence of the Almighty.
Keep enduring as you create the impossible with the Words you speak.
Keep enduring as you exercise your faith.
Keep enduring as you purpose in your heart to see your harvest.
Keep enduring as you agree with everything the Father declares over you.
The magic is happening as you endure. It’s not fairy godmother kind of magic, that expires when the clock strikes twelve. It’s real magic. Transformation that lasts for eternity and it is worth the work.
I pray that you will grow in endurance every day. So that you can inherit every promise that God has made available to you. May you have the courage to not give up, when the road looks perilous. God has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life. He has marked out the race for you.
Just keep running.
Today, I hear the Father say: “Diligent One. I have placed everything you need for a victorious life, on the inside of you. You were created to do impossible things, not to be overcome by impossible situations or circumstances. Nothing is impossible for you, for no Word from me is ever without power or impossible of fulfilment. See each day as an opportunity to apply your faith. I reward diligence. You will break through. Do not give up. I am with you.” ❤