[anzac] PRESSING THROUGH!! - Rodney Francis

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:38:41 +1300
by Rodney Francis

When we look more closely at where many Christians are at in 
their lives, and what they are (or are not) accomplishing, we 
realize that we do have to keep encouraging one another to enable 
us to fulfil the calling and purpose of God for our lives. He has not 
called us to walk and live in defeat; to be discouraged; to give-up 
and become negative and defeated about life generally. Jesus 
came to give us much more than that! He came to give us "Life, 
and life more abundantly ("super-abundant, excessive, above the 
ordinary measure")" (John 10:10). Know that the life Jesus gives 
us is so totally different ~ and far better ~ than any other kind of 
life that can be found this side of eternity. Do not forget that.

Far too often we give in too quickly. If it does not work out exactly 
right the first time, we often do not try again, thinking that it is not 
God's will for us, or that the devil is trying to deceive us, etc. Faith 
is something that causes us to press onwards, upwards and out-
wards ~ to persevere and to press through until we see the required 
result. I am reminded of what Elijah said to his servant in 1 Kings 
18:43-46. Elijah had declared that "there is a sound of abundance 
of rain" ~ but there was no evidence at all of any clouds or signs 
of rain (after three-and-a-half years of no rain - James 5:17-18). 
He sent his servant up a hill to look for the clouds. He returned 
with a negative word ~ there was nothing to be seen. Elijah was 
not to be put-off by that report and sent him again, even seven 
times! Six times there was nothing to be seen. Maybe Elijah had 
got it wrong? But no! On the seventh time the servant came back 
with a report of a little cloud in the sky the size of a man's hand. 
That was all Elijah needed. He jumped into action and it was not 
long before the sky was black with rain clouds and heavy rain 
began to pour down. He prevailed!

We, too, need to have the word of the Lord in our hearts in such 
a way that we know it is God. Often, when He speaks to us, there 
is no physical or outward evidence that it is so. But faith comes 
with the voice of the Lord, and when we choose to press on through 
regardless of what our mind tells us, other people tell us, circum-
stances tell us, etc., we will find that we inherit the promises. They 
will come to pass! Know also that God uses these "delays" to work 
something precious into our spirits, so that we are prepared and 
equipped for even greater things ahead. We have to be refined for 
His purposes. It is easy to give up, but giving up does not 
accomplish anything in God.

Naaman the Syrian was told by Elisha to go and wash seven times 
in the Jordan River. It offended him and touched his pride, causing 
him to "storm off" in indignation. But when he humbled himself and 
did as the prophet declared, he was healed of his leprosy. I am 
simple enough to believe that if he only dipped five or six times, 
he would not have been healed (see 2 Kings 5:1-14). He had to 
persevere in spite of his pride and arrogance. God used it to humble 
the man and cause him to acknowledge that there is no god like
Elisha's God.


We are exhorted to be like Jesus and to "lay aside every weight, 
and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with 
endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the 
Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set 
before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has 
sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him 
Who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest 
you become weary and discouraged in your souls" (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Christianity is a marathon race, not a sprint. It calls for endurance 
("to stay, stand fast, continue, abide; to remain behind after others 
have gone; to keep one's ground, hold out; a brave bearing up 
against sufferings" - Bullinger's); it is keeping focussed and 
keeping going in that which God has called us to. "And let us 
not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap 
if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:9-10). If Jesus Himself needed
to endure, then so do we. Have we got our eyes focussed on what 
is ahead, or are we allowing present, natural, negative circumstances 
to discourage us and make us give up?


What has God promised you that is yet unfulfilled in your life? Have 
you given-up on it, thought it was too difficult, caused too much 
criticism and opposition against you, etc.? What God promises 
He desires to deliver on. He wants to fulfil His sure promises in your 
life. Be encouraged to pick up those promises again and to press 
on until you see the victory. Know that He does not change His 
mind about you. Do not allow negative thoughts, things, people,
circumstances, criticisms, opposition, persecutions, etc., rob you 
of the blessings of a Super-Abundant God Who wants only the 
very best for you. Press in and press through until the victory is 
yours! It is so worth it and you will accomplish so much more as 
you keep pressing through, enduring and not giving up on that 
which God has promised YOU! That is our experience and 
testimony in The GFM Ministry. As we come to the completion 
of 50 years of operation, pressing through and enduring many 
things, we have something definite to show for it all. We are so 
grateful to God for the many thousands of lives that have been
impacted by the Holy Spirit over those years. You can accomplish 
great things too! Whatever you do, do not give up!...