I Corinthians 15:58 (Message Translation)
With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.
Satan’s ultimate desire is to make the people of God feel that our laboring is in vain. There are seasons that we all need to be encouraged. Satan’s job is to cause the Saints to be double-minded and quit. I want to tell you today, do not quit. Your laboring is not in vain.
We have a dream and a vision. As long as we have a vision, we have got to keep hope alive. We must be fixed and stable on the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ. As long as we stand on it, trials may come and winds may blow, but we will be able to stand through it all.
It is important to keep your mind in a place of always abounding. When I’m weak, then He is strong. You may be knocked down, but your not destroyed. Your laboring is not in vain. Understand that God is….. whatever you need Him to be today. He is a very present help in the time of trouble. He is your hope for tomorrow. You may be waiting on some things to come to past in your life, but understand that delayed does not mean denied. God is faithful over His Word and believe me, He is going to back it up. Heaven and earth will pass away before one jot or one tittle of His word fail. Stand on the Word today. Stand on His promises, what He said He was going to do, He shall do it.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
All that you are going through right now is just symptoms of the process. God has started a good work in you and he will complete it. It may feel like you’re taking the long route, but God is in control. He still has a plan for your life. Don’t look at the winds and rain, but look unto the Lord, the author and finisher of our faith.
Our hearts must line up with our tongues. God’s Word is sure, but we must speak it. We must speak those things that be not as though they were. We must prophecy to our situations. This is not a time to be movable and unshakable. God’s glory is ready to be poured out on His people. The enemy want us to talk contrary to our dreams, our visions, and His promises. If you lose your confession, you will lose your possessing. Speak the Word and nothing else. Speak the Word in season and out of season. Speak the Word when your children start acting up. Speak the Word when your job cuts your hours. Speak the Word when your money start looking funny. Speak the Word!!! God stands behind His Word to back it up. His Word is His bond, whatever He promised will come to pass. Never Give Up!!!
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
We must learn how to stand no matter what the enemy tries to throw at us. We have to stand when we don’t feel like it and stand when you feel that you have every reason to walk away. God has not forgotten about you. Many people are standing still and giving up on God because of the hate test. You must get past being hated on by the ones around you in order to lay hold to your prize.
Your eyes should be fixed on the King of Kings. It should be fixed on winning the lost to Jesus. When your focus and energy is toward God and the things of God, you don’t have time to worry about who is talking about you or doing you wrong. Even Jesus was hated on in his day. They hated Him for no reason. They hated Him because he did good. They hated Him because He had followers and because He was the son of God. If they hated Him, they will surely hate you. Jesus did not allow the crowd to dictate His destiny. God does not change His mind or change your assignment based upon if people receive you. God has already given you the capability to complete it before He gave it to you. Understand that there are some things that you have to go through in order to get your breakthrough. You will then be able to reach back and help someone else get past the test.
II Corinthians 4:8-9
8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed
Many of God’s people are losing hope and trust in God because they just don’t see how God is going to bring them out of their situation. My brothers and sisters, I want to tell you today, it doesn’t matter how God is going to work it out for you, just stand on His promises and know that you are coming out. Understand that there are some things that you have to wait out until your due season. You may plants some seeds, but you don’t get your harvest tomorrow. You have to endure the seasons of the seed dying, then growing into your harvest. Know that all things are working for your good. No matter what the enemy has told you, know that God’s working it out for you. If you are standing in right standings with the Lord, there is nothing He will keep from you. He loves to take care of His own. While you are waiting on God, remain humble, remain in a state of prayer, keep on praising Him, keep a pure heart and clean hands and before you know it, you’re miracle is here. Persecutions are going to come and they are going to go, endure it. The only thing you have to defend is your faith, the rest is the Lord’s battle. Keep your eyes on your prize. Keep your dreams and visions before your face and trust that God is not going to forget about you. He knows your every need and your desires; trust Him.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
I encourage you today to continue to stand. Continue to stand for holiness. Continue to stand for righteousness. Jesus is our perfect example of what we have on the inside of us. We have the same enduring power on the inside of us that He had when He endured the cross. This is not a season to throw in the towel, Jesus is soon to come!
Don’t give up on your dreams and your visions. Our ultimate vision is to see Jesus and to hear Him say, “Well done” and spend eternity with Him. Talk your dreams. When jobs close, talk your dream. When your body’s in pain, talk your dream. When your money start looking funny, or when there is no money, talk your dream. As impossible, big, difficult as it may seem, keep talking your dream. You should declare everyday that you are a big shot. What is a big shot? It is a little shot that kept on shooting. People of God, God swore He was going to bless us. He swore He would bring us out. He swore that we were going to the other side. Don’t give up your dreams because of how things are looking around you. Know that God has not forgotten about you and He will bring you out on top of every situation. He is seeking a people that will take a licking and keep on ticking. He’s looking for those that will say, “For God I live, and for God I die.” The enemy hates dreamers. Are you a dreamer?