I was in the midst of a church worship recently when I had the impression of a man doing rock climbing. He was climbing tirelessly midway up the rock walls. Personally I do not have any experience with the sport but I have seen people attempting to climb up the indoor rock walls. It is a tough sport; a physically and mentally demanding one, where the climber’s goal is to reach the top or at least the farthest point.
Keep Going and Keep Moving!
I am reminded through this impression that it is important for us to keep up our pace and gain momentum in fulfilling our God-given vision and dreams. It is often easy to give up when the climb proves tougher each time. Inevitably, we will face some challenges and increasing pressures with each new level we ascend. The higher as one would scale the rock walls, the tougher it is to support one’s weight and keep proper balance. It is a test to the individual’s physical strength, agility and perseverance. In the vision, I knew that the rock climber was not quite done yet. It is an incomplete mission; a process that requires continuous momentum before he could reach the top. There are higher levels up there and generally, rock climbers do not climb back down the route with the intention to restart the entire process. They just have to keep up with momentum. They just have to keep going and keep moving! Sometimes the best thing we can ever tell ourselves when the going gets tougher is – Just keep going and keep moving.
The dictionary defines momentum as an increasing forward motion. It also means strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events. We all know that in order for one to complete any race, project works or even rock climbing, the ability to gain momentum and minimize any unnecessary pause or delay will be pivotal. It will be helpful to encourage yourself to keep going and not quit when you encounter difficulties and obstacles. “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:14) Having a clear goal (the one that God gives you) constantly before your eyes will help you to keep going!
It Is Time To Shake Off Demonic Taunts!
Today I am writing to encourage us to move forward and persevere in our God-given tasks. I sense that some of us are allowing negativity and the devil’s taunting to shake our sacred commitment. Do not despise the little things; the little by little stuff. This could be the “little” visions you have been seeing; the “little” revelation you have been receiving; the “little” miracles you get to participate in; the “little” healing that is taking place in your life etc. You call them little because you think that they are meagre in spiritual progression. Somehow the enemy comes to mock at you and get you to doubt your own progress. You don’t think you are getting any farther than when you first started. You may even believe you are never going to go far with it. (Is this speaking to anyone?) The fact is you are growing. Yes, you are progressing and you are changing for certain. God has in His mind and plan to raise you up! He does not want you to retreat into the captivity of discouragement and fear. Do not allow the enemy to wear you out with his constant taunting anymore. It is time to shake off those negativity and lies that reminds you of your past failures and your current incompetency. That is not how God sees you. He wants you to see yourself in the fullest potential of who He has made you to be. Renew your mind this day about who you are in Christ. Romans 12:2 says, “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
I woke up from some disturbing dreams lately and instinctively, I was reminded of Goliath’s taunts in the bible. I realized that the Lord was showing me how the enemy was trying to hurl insults and constant taunts just to discourage me. I knew then, that my rightful response had to be one of courageous faith instead of fear. In 1 Samuel 17, Goliath entered into the scene as a formidable opponent to the Israelite armies. He was proud and loud, defiant and contemptuous. Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” (1 Samuel 17: 8-10) The purpose of such taunting is always to stir up fear and terror in human hearts. Verse 11 says that when Saul and the Israelites heard Goliath’s taunt, they were terrified and deeply shaken.
Sometimes we do act as if we have more faith in the devil’s taunts than on the Word of God and His prophetic promises. Not so with young David. Listen to what he had boldly declared to Goliath – “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies – the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and He will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:45-47)
We have to learn to silence the taunts of the enemy over our ears and mind by standing firmly on the Word of God. Our feelings may be fleeting, authentic faith is definitive. Your faith can therefore look radical and senseless to the eyes of the common and faithless. When we choose to release our faith to God based on His promises, we can expect Him to do what He has said or promised. Back to 1 Samuel 17, when David incidentally heard Goliath’s usual taunt to the army of Israel, his prompt response was to go and fight the Philistine. He did not head back somewhere quiet to pray about it. Instead he was all confident that the God who had previously rescued him from lion and bear will continue to give him victory this time! He knew that the God who had always been with him would still be with him.
This is one thing you and I got to remember, dear saints. The Lord of hosts who has been with us will keep us, strengthen us and be with us till the end no matter how the battle rages.
Finally David successfully defeated Goliath and killed him with only a sling and a stone. The Lord had granted him a supernatural deliverance and victory. In this passage, we see an effectual principle – First, the release of prophetic declaration and the end result is the demonstration and evidence of supernatural victory. The Lord’s battle will always lead to the Lord’s victory! If it is His battle, He will win.
Beloveds, whatever battles we may be facing today, let’s just give them to the Lord. Declare aloud His victory, His promises and Word over those tough situations and obstacles. Then wait on Him patiently to deliver and to save! Don’t quit when the going gets tougher and the fire gets hotter. Our supernatural deliverance is at hand!
Let’s all gain spiritual momentum and come up higher to the ascension of God’s dream and vision. Don’t give up but keep going and keep moving!
In the face of battles, remember this – “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)