“And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.”
Isaiah 51:16 KJV
I took a moment this morning and meditated on my current state. I was feeling a little resistance in my actions and wanted to know why I was being tempted in the area of motivation. I realized that the enemy was doing his job. Trying to discourage me from returning to my desired place in Yah by reminding me of the work it took to get there. Sometimes when I go through trials and tribulation, it challenges my attention to the path I am walking on. As I pause to endure the fire that is making me a better vessel of Yah and servant to the kingdom, I remember the fruit from the lessons I learned in other areas and desire to return to the full potential of my offices. As I push to return to those behaviors, the enemy reminds me of the work it took to get there. This is truly a distraction. Its like when I played sports. I would be in great shape and ready to begin the season. I would go through all that had to be done to strengthen my body to be in the best shape to be a good player and a benefit to my team. Then the season ends and I have to work so I am not as active as I was during the season. My immediate need has to be taken care of so I put in the work at a job. Then as the season returns and my immediate needs of money are now where they need to be, I have to get back in shape. I remember what it took to get there and would be discouraged to even continue in the sport if I think on it too long, but when camp rolls around I recognize that it does not take as long to get back in shape. My muscles have a memory. They remember the shape I was in and they react quickly with less effort. That encourages me to press on and get better.
That is the way we have to look at this walk spiritually. When I put in the work the first time, the way was made. Yah paved the way as I went. So as I endure trials, testing and tribulation and overcome, there are other things that I want to return to where I was in them. Be it organization, or schedule, or studying Yah through His word. The enemy wants to discourage me by reminding me of the work it took to get there, but Yah has to remind me through His word that he has laid the foundation already. The way has already been paved in my obedience in His will. All I have to do is walk there in. He said His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I already know what it feels like. and like muscle memory, when I press toward that mark, the holy spirit kicks in to assist me as I go and gives me what I need to return to that place and strive to be even better. I realized that I am tried in the fire to be even better in all my roles. Just because I may have to put one down to endure the test, doesn’t effect my effectiveness in the areas I have overcome in. I just become better. So when I put that hat back on, it fits even better. As the “muscles” return to full performance, I now have the strength, motivation, and tools to become stronger and better. Hope this encourages someone to press on through the distractions of the work to see the light of the reward in the end. For me, it is that I will see Christ and He is going to invite me in as a vessel of honor saying “well done”. My reverence is in Him and my desire for His love and approval rules over all. HalleluYah! I am grateful as I continue Living Like He’s Coming…. Shalom!