Life is a journey, filled with twists, turns, highs, lows, and everything in-between. If you've found yourself trudging along a tough road lately, you're in good company. And in this article I'm going to show you why perseverance and spiritual grit - when combined with a healthy identity in Christ - are powerful strategies God gives us to experience life abundant in the Kingdom of God.
As I've often said, "When the road of life is tough, don’t let the devil derail you from the destination God designed for you." It's a profound truth that the Children of Israel can attest to as they embarked on their incredible journey to the Promised Land.
Drawing parallels with their story, our journey towards a life abundant, with the kingdom of God within us, can feel plagued by giants of doubt, fear, and challenges. Yet, there’s a key weapon we often overlook: our identity in Christ. As we delve deep into this, we're reminded that our spiritual grit, tenacity, and perseverance are honed not by our own strength, but by the power of God within us.
Identity in Christ: The Cornerstone
Have you ever paused to consider your identity? I don't mean the labels society puts on us, but rather, your identity in Christ. Galatians 2:20 NKJV says, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Our identity is not in our past mistakes, our job titles, or even our familial roles, but in the living God who calls us His own.
When the Israelites faced the giants in the Promised Land, it wasn’t their physical might that defeated these colossal adversaries. It was their identity as God's chosen people, an identity that was firmly rooted in the promises of God. Similarly, our giants – be they doubt, financial strain, health issues, or relationship challenges – can be defeated when we remember who we are in Christ.
Be Transformed by Renewing Your Mind
Romans 12:2 NKJV states, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." While the children of Israel had to conquer physical territory, we're called to conquer the territory of our minds. It’s easy to forget our identity in Christ when we're bombarded with worldly perspectives. But by being transformed by the renewing of our minds, we can begin to see our challenges not as setbacks but as setups for God’s glory.
You Are God’s Poema
Ephesians 2:10 NKJV declares, "For we are His workmanship [poema], created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." The word 'poema' paints a vivid picture. It means a work of art, a masterpiece. You and I? We’re God’s masterpiece. He designed us with purpose, intricacy, and love. Our lives are not random sequences of events, but rather, a divine poem written by the hands of our Creator.
The children of Israel had a divine destination designed by God – a land flowing with milk and honey. And while they faced hurdles along the way, they were destined to inherit this blessing. Similarly, our life abundant is not just a poetic idea; it’s a reality God wants us to step into.
Seek First the Kingdom
How do we do this? Matthew 6:33 NKJV gives us a clue: "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Prioritizing the kingdom of God over our own desires or the world's demands is paramount. When we realign our focus with who we are in Christ and the truth of God's Word, our tough roads become more navigable, and our destination clearer.
Unyielding Tenacity & Perseverance
But it won’t always be a walk in the park. The journey demands spiritual grit. Think about the Children of Israel; they wandered for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land. Yet, their story isn't one of mere survival, but of tenacity, perseverance, and ultimate triumph with God's guidance. They discovered the fact that these are powerful strategies they could cultivate in their own life to experience the life God promised them.
Your journey, likewise, will demand tenacity. Challenges will come. Giants will rise. But remember my words from the beginning of this article. Don't let anything - especially the devil and his deceptive devices - derail you from the destination God has designed and destined for you. With God on your side, every giant will fall, and every promise He's made will come to pass in your life!
Press on, dear traveler. Your Promised Land awaits!
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