March 30, 2018
Sometimes we face trials for extended periods of time. It’s not a fun fact of life to come to terms with, especially when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope. Maybe you’ve tried everything you know to try; held onto your prophetic words and testimonies of what God has already done in your life. And yet sometimes the pain still feels too heavy to carry when you’re repeatedly put through the trouble of a trying situation. It’s in those moments that I want you to remember that vision will give your pain a purpose, and it will sustain you even when you feel like throwing in the towel.
Vision Gives Pain a Purpose
Vision is the invisible manager that guides, encourages and inspires fervent souls who are undertaking the Master’s supernatural assignment to prepare the planet for His reentry. When I see saints exercising enormous self-control, showing great courage in overcoming difficulties and demonstrating excellence in their divine assignments, I know it means they have captured a vision for their lives. The greatest example of this that I can think of is Jesus on the cross.
When Jesus faced the most difficult moment of His life, He didn’t give up. Do you think He ever considered throwing in the towel? I don’t pretend to know all of His thoughts on that day but I know what the Word says.
Let’s take a deeper look on this week’s Flashback Friday video:
In a nutshell:
- It’s really important that we understand history so that we don’t repeat it. And so that we understand the cost of those who went before us, so we understand their values and bring it into our new season.
- I grew up in a patriarchal family, and my grandfather had a lot of respect (and sometimes control) over us as a family.
- My grandfather went blind because of a tumor, so he ordered all of us kids and grandkids to read the Bible to him in two hour shifts, 12 hours a day for 6 days a week.
- My family still talks about those years!
- My grandfather taught me perseverance from the time I was a little boy. Then later when I grew up I read in the Bible that God’s people don’t give up.
- Romans 15:4-5 says, “through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,”
- Do you know that in order to have a Sunday, you have to have a Friday. Before there could be a resurrection there had to be a crucifixion.
- Hebrews 12:2 says, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- When Jesus prayed He actually sweat blood because His was persevering and pushing His way through death and into the cross.
An Unexpected Lesson from the Cross
We all know the power of the cross in our lives, the profound love poured out for us, the forgiveness that we receive through being hidden in Christ… It’s amazing and never gets old to think about! However, today I feel it on my heart to remind you of a lesson that we don’t always think about on Good Friday—that through the cross Jesus taught us endurance through pain. And how did He endure it all? For the joy set before Him. He could persist through the pain, face it head on, even though it was obviously not enjoyable in the moment to say the least. Jesus could do this because He focused on what he was gaining in the process.
It unravels me to think that through the pain He was thinking of me (and you). And that His love for us was a driving force to persevere. So whatever you’re facing today, I want you to know that your Father in heaven is looking at you with love in His eyes and compassion in His heart. He can empathize and connect with your pain because He felt it all on the cross. I feel an invitation today to ask Him for a picture of the joy set before you…the thing that will drive you to persevere in this season. He is waiting to speak to you, to encourage you, and to give you hope for your future today! May you endure and persevere through whatever trials you may be facing with the strength of joy!
How do you practice perseverance through hard times? What hope are you holding onto in this season? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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