The fiercest battles I have ever faced are the ones right at the threshold of breakthroughs. It’s the labor pains right before the birth. There is no turning back at this point. Grace is the ability to do what God has called you to do. That brilliant idea was His first, He will give you the ability to see it through. If there was no battle then there would be no need for grace. Grace doesn’t mean no effort on your part, it means He backs up your effort with His power.
Brilliant ideas are open doors
God will open some doors for you. He will give you brilliant ideas to commit to. He will give you some marching orders to carry out. These open doors are opportunities. They will above all teach you all kinds of lessons. Always look at them as opportunities of growth. Sometimes we will experience growing pains when we go through those doors.
Adversity keeps the boat afloat
But because they come from Heaven doesn’t mean they will be pain free, battle free, or even misery free. In fact, because they come from Heaven is a guarantee there will be some adversity. It’s the adversity that keeps the plane in the air, and the boat afloat.
It never fails the minute I mention evangilism or outreach it seems like all hell breaks loose. The very instance the women even start considering a prayer group all kinds of havoc begins to play on everyone’s schedule. It’s a gimme.
Keep your cool
Just because I know it’s going to happen doesn’t mean I’m not going to do it. It means I need His grace more than ever. I get a lot of phone calls from women’s ministry leaders right before a big event with all the “can you believe this happened and then this happened and then of all things bubba broke his foot.” It’s calm down time.
Here are some things to keep you level headed during this battle.
Pray. Im not talking about going to God and asking if you should have even done the event in the first place, or if you should have even went into ministry. It’s all too late for that. You are on the cusp of breakthrough, you are on the verge of cresting the top of the mountain, you have done all the leg work, now is the prayers of faith. This is praising and worshiping time. If you are going to petition Him about anything now ask Him to help you keep your integrity in all of it, that your response to the battle will be God glorifying and people redeeming.
Stand on God’s word. He gave you the idea, don’t move on it. Don’t let anything cause you to doubt it was not from God. Keep your feet in peace. Strive to keep the strife out. That “peace that surpasses all understanding” will but a wall around you and will guard your integrity. When you are in the home stretch you have done all that you have known to do, now stand. Don’t back down from what God has given you. The enemy will try to get you to sabatage the whole thing by doubting you heard from God. It’s too late to worry about that now anyway. Don’t entertain any negative talk from you or anyone else.
Speak over it. When all hell is breaking loose right before an event watch what you say. It is easy to start letting the words of worry and defeat escape our already tired self. Everytime you hear someone speak negatively you reinforce what God has said, His promises to never leave us, never forsake us. It’s all about Him anyway. Speak life over the ministry, the event, the situation.