The discovery and pursuit of the reason for your birth does not confer immunity against hard times. In fact, if you have discovered the purpose of your existence and have launched out for God to take a stand and make a difference for God’s Kingdom, hard times are near.
The writer of the book of Hebrews talks about the fact that his readers experienced hard times almost immediately after they saw the light. They were kicked around and became targets of every kind of abuse. They were imprisoned, their goods were confiscated and they suffered terribly. What worse things could happen to men who just found the key to the fulfilment of their destiny?
“Don’t ever forget those wonderful days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you kept right on with the Lord even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were laughed at and beaten, and sometimes you watched and sympathized with others suffering the same things.
You suffered with those thrown into jail, and you were actually joyful when all you owned was taken from you, knowing that better things were awaiting you in heaven, things that would be yours forever.” Heb. 10:32-34 TLB.
The truth is that such “wonderful days” are unavoidable. Many people have failed in the pursuit of their purpose because they never thought it would be tough. If you think all is well with you now, please read on and keep this piece as one of those pieces you will need when the time comes. Continue to feed on the Scriptures, deeply knowing that the strength of the bird’s flight is a function of its feeding.
What keeps us through the hard times and makes them wonderful days for us is fundamentally what we know. This kind of knowledge is not a knowledge of “my Pastor said…” but one that comes by revelation from a personal walk with God.
Purpose fulfilment is not for cowards. It is for those who will believe in God, His plans and purpose for their lives; those who will stick their lives out, stay with God till they realize its promised completion.
So how should you handle the hard times? What should you do when the going gets tough? Here are a few thoughts.
1. Concentrate first on the battle for your mind.
One very basic key to staying strong and impactful in the hard times is to win the battle in your mind. If you will be overcome by your circumstances, you will first be beaten in your mind.
“When things are stacked against us, it is the right mind-set that makes all the difference”- Michael Hyatt.
Having the right attitude to life during the hard times is a very vital key to fulfilling purpose against all odds. Watch how you think and what you think about. Remain positive no matter what. This attitude will only come from the process of renewing your mind by what God says concerning you in his word. The battle for your mind is won by the Word.
2. Stay with your Vision
It is said that quitters never win and winners never quit. Tough times never last, only tough people do. You have to be resolved to stay with your vision even when the hard times come. Such resolution is not worked up. There is no magic formula for courage. Courage comes from God through His Word.
That is why I encourage you to have a scriptural backing for your vision. You need to have a Word you can hold on to and that will help you to be persistent in the face of troubles. When we quit before the whistle blows, we cheat ourselves and others.
3. Trust God (not your feelings) all the way.
We are not of them who shrink back but of them who believe because we know Him whom we have believed. You have to keep your faith and trust in God alive. The old hymn says “all the way my saviour leads me, what have I to ask beside… for I know whatever befalls me Jesus does all things well.”
The just shall live by faith. Hard times are not times to trust your feelings. You have to believe in God’s power to see you through the situation. You can find encouragement in previous victories attained by trusting. You can find grace under fire. Trust God all the way.
I may not know what you are going through. Nobody can claim to have such knowledge. Times may be really hard for you. You might think you have all the reasons to quit. NO! You were meant to thrive in it. You have to believe God’s Word that says that His plans for you are good. You have to stay with the vision, trusting God all the way. Every problem has an expiry date. You need to remind yourself that happy days are near!
We’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and thrive, trusting all the way. Heb. 10:39 MSG
How do you deal with the difficult times in the pursuit of purpose? Do you have a word of encouragement for all for whom the going is tough right now? Please feel free to drop a comment.
See you next week!
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