Wanting to give up is so easy to do. Many people give up in the middle of their storm, never knowing what blessing was waiting for them at the end. God doesn’t want you to see an obstacle in front of you and just give up and quit. He wants you to push through till the end. It says in Philippians 3:14 (NLT) I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us.
Push means a vigorous effort to do or obtain something; to press or urge forward to completion; to press forward energetically against opposition. Push through means to work through or force one’s way through something. Just like in the bible, with the woman with the issue of blood. Luke 8:43-48 (NLV) A woman had been sick for twelve years with a flow of blood. (*She had spent all the money she had on doctors.) But she could not be healed by anyone. She came behind Jesus and touched the bottom of His coat. At once the flow of blood stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” Everyone said that they had not touched Him. Peter said, “Teacher, so many people are pushing You from every side and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ Then Jesus said, “Someone touched Me because I know power has gone from Me.” When the woman saw she could not hide it, she came shaking. She got down before Jesus. Then she told Jesus in front of all the people why she had touched Him. She told how she was healed at once. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” This woman had faith that Jesus could heal her from her infirmity, so she pushed through a crowd just to touch Jesus and because of her faith she was healed. With faith you can overcome and push through anything. Don’t give up, and especially don’t give in, just push through it. God has never given up on you, so don’t give up in the middle of your storm. Just tap into your faith and believe that God is more than enough, no matter how bad it looks.
When you feel like you have given it your all and you can’t give no more, remember with God I can still push through. When you know the opposition you are facing is keeping you from something greater on the other side of it, just push through. Stop thinking I can’t do this anymore and don’t believe it will never work out. (PUSH) Persevere Until Success Happens. It says in James 1:12 (NIV) Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When times are tough and the odds look stacked against you, know that God is in your corner. He is causing all things to work together for your good and you just have to push through it. Every time you push through, you overcome an obstacle and God allows you to see things you could have never seen if you had given up because the obstacle was blocking your view. You have to push through to get to what God has for you on the other side of your circumstances. The only way to push through is not by asking God for your storm to be over, but ask Him for strength to overcome the adversity in your life. God is never going to remove you from a storm before it’s supposed to end. He wants you to get everything you need to from the process of experiencing the storm, so you can grow and develop in the midst of the storm. James 1:3-5 (MSG) You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you can become mature and well developed not deficient in any way. If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. So it’s a process that you have you have to go through to be developed so you can become who God wants you to be.
Stop focusing on your situation but take the time to think of how you want to come out of the situation. Who do you want to be after its all said and done? You can only come out of your trials being bitter or better. Bitter, angry and resentful over what you went through or you can come out being a better person because of it. The choice is yours to make, which one do you want to be when your storm is over? No matter what, you had to go through the storm or God would not have allowed it. The things that you are going through are only temporary. This situation is not going to last forever.
Too many times we ask God to end our storm and deliver us out of the situation early but we don’t ask God to change us from the experience. We are so worried about the trials we face in the storm and God just wants to change us during the storm. He is not going to change your circumstances until He changes you first. James 1:4 (NLT) So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
In order to grow, be blessed, be restored and live the purpose filled life that God wants you to live; you are going to have to push through some things. You are going to have to push through the barriers, obstacles, plans of the enemy, and your own negative emotions and feelings that try to control you. It’s going to take faith to push through. Faith plus you equals anything is possible (Faith + You = Anything Is Possible).
In this year, what are some things that you already know that you need to push through? Whatever those items are take them to God and surrender them to Him, so He can help you Push Through and become and overcomer in that area of your life!