“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36 NIV)
The difference between those who succeed at one level than those who barely succeed–doing anything–is the level of commitment to keep going, keep refining, keep fine-tuning, keep revising, and keep believing that success is theirs. We know that true success is not achieved by a level of intelligent, but by a level of determination that no matter what happens, the focus is forward, not backwards.
But can there be success without failures in the interim? No–it is the failures that drive true success. We have but to look at Thomas Edison, Stephen King, Benjamin Franklin and so many more. We tend to believe that the success enjoyed by some occurred overnight because we only focus on the final result–not the journey to get there. So, for those who are weary and feel like giving up, today is not the day.
When God gives us a vision it is because He knows our capabilities beyond our doubts.
When we have obeyed Him in all things to please Him, He promised to give us the desires of our hearts and we must remain focused on the prize in order to receive the promise.
When things don’t go the way we expected, we take a critical look at what happened, analyze the whys and gear up to keep going.
When we think we have reached the end of our rope and all hope is gone, we tie a knot before we get to the end of the rope, and hold on, expecting help because He said He’d never leave us alone.
Every ministry poured into us will succeed as long as we keep our eyes on Him, not people, always seeking His wisdom for direction and guidance.
Every dream we have will come to pass, if we just keep the dream in front of us and are willing to navigate every challenge that confronts us.
Every promise of God will be fulfilled, if we just listen to His still small voice and are willing to do things His way and not our own.
We were not told that we COULD do all things through Him who strengthens us just to fill words on a page.
We were not told that with God all things are possible because those who wrote the words just had a little time on their hands.
We were not told that no weapon formed against us would prosper for us to sit on our duffs, waiting for something to happen, without doing anything.
We were not told that with His going before us, He is more than the world against us for us hide behind shame and embarrassment with our first failure.
We serve an awesome God–One who created the universe from nothing and His arm is not shortened when it comes to the success of His children! Surely, goodness and mercy will follow us from each failed attempt to the promised success, by reminding us–we belong to Him and every good and perfect–those gifts He has poured into us–comes from above and all things–especially the failures–work together for our good!
In Him and through Him, we have what it takes to accomplish all things as long as we are determined to reach the goal and refuse to allow the failures to stop us at the starting gate. We are more than conquerors, victorious in all things, now let’s act like it and get it done–persevering through every obstacle to make it happen!