“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”– John 16:33 (NIV)
Are you allowing a past defeat or disappointment to keep you paralyzed from moving ahead? Perhaps you have tried to move forward a time or two but the struggles in life were so intense that you felt too weak to continue to push back. I’m sure it’s not as though your dreams for life encompassed defeat but even still, you feel helpless and hopeless of ever emerging victoriously.
As hard as it may seem, it is essential that you consistently push your way out of the dark season. Similar to a woman in labor, she keeps on the forefront of her mind a snapshot of the bundle of joy that awaits her on the backside of the pain. Thus, she musters up all of her strength and pushes against the pain that is attempting to get her to shrink back in defeat, until the pain is trampled underfoot and she gives birth to her blessing.
It is time that you convince your mind of what your heart already knows to be true about the hard work that has already been done. Jesus has paid the price for you to emerge from your downcast state and clothe yourself with victory as though it were a fine garment. You may wonder how long you will need to push until you see physical signs that you are indeed rising above the struggle. Since we know that victory has already been achieved, regardless of what your circumstance looks like at present, the question should not be how long will you need to push but instead, what is God calling you to do day in and day out to usher in victory; continue to do that until you take hold of the prize.
Lord, with the amazing work that You performed on the cross, I realize that it was never meant for me to settle for defeat or even mediocrity. I thank you for my spiritual muscles that are being adequately built up through the stress and strain as I press in and press on to rise above my struggles and take hold of the victory that has already been secured by You.