Very few of us go through life with a squad of cheerleaders praising our every move. Sometime, a long time ago, somebody figured out that cheerleaders make a difference. Cheerleading is taken so seriously that it is considered a sport, in itself. As Christians, we can learn from this. We all could use a squad of people devoted to our unconditional encouragement until the timer for each game buzzes off.
Imagine a farmer who dedicatedly plows, sows and waters, but no plant comes up in due time. Should he replant, water more, or change things up in order to get plants to grow? Have you “planted” things and are ready to walk away from your “field” and hard work?
What if we had given up?
1. Review all prophesies and memories regarding God’s directions to you. Search your heart, mind and journals to recount anything that you felt that God told you about your future. It is important to record what the Holy Spirit reveals to us. Write prophesies down and review them often! Recite and declare them. Sometimes over time, a dream or word from God will take on new meanings. Assess your decisions in light of Scripture as God gives you new verses. This can renew your determination to stay the course. Faith that God has given you a certain prophesy can help you swim upstream, if needed.
If you are doing God’s good and perfect will, there will be roadblocks!
2. Remember that important tasks will meet with greater opposition. Hebrews 12:3 tell us to “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” If you are doing God’s good and perfect will, there will be roadblocks! This verse tells us that Jesus was opposed by man and had to resist the temptation to “grow weary and lose heart.” If Jesus had to combat this, we, too, are at risk.
Sometimes the people who love us most want to see us out of the boxing ring, so to speak. We need to ask God who we should seek for counsel. And many means more than a couple of your closest friends! Remember that Proverbs 15:22 tells us that “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Don’t give up because one or two people advise you to do so! Find at least that one person who will cheer you over the finish line!
Remember that opposition is never a reason to give up! Paul give his testimony in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Don’t give up because one or two people advise you to do so!
Paul delighted in the challenges that were thrown before him. He certainly did not give up! We must also remember to be sure that we don’t attribute opposition to God. If something is hard and doesn’t happen right away, that does not mean that God doesn’t want us to do it!
3. Don’t look at the size of the mountain; look at the size of your God. Mark 10:27 recounts; “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” In Matthew 17:20, Jesus puts it another way; “He replied, ‘… you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’"and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”
Jesus tells us that not only do we reap what we sow, but if God’s blessing is on us, and we become “good soil,” then we will reap more!
Jesus tells us that not only do we reap what we sow, but if God’s blessing is on us, and we become “good soil,” then we will reap more; “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:23)
This is why we must persevere when things in the natural do not look promising. Galatians 6:9 urges us to hang on! It says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” It doesn’t say “If nothing seems to be happening, give up.” That is what man may say, not God. He does a lot of His work behind the scenes.
5. Ask God for encouragement. Psalm 46: 1-3 reminds us that He is our hope when we are discouraged;
“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”