Keep Going

Keep Going(As recently posted on Arrows, blogsite of Pastor Laura Koke, co-Pastor of Shoreline Church in Austin, TX. To read her blogposts as well as posts by guest writers, go to http://www.pastorlaura.com.)

My daughter is very persistent. If she wants something she will ask for it again and again each time hoping she will hear the answer she is longing for. While we have to shape this trait in her right now to steer it into a positive direction, we recognize this tendency is a positive one that will take her far in life.

Many of the key people of The Bible had this same thread woven through the fabric of their lives. Abraham and Sarah persisted through years of infertility. Moses persisted through a stubborn pharaoh’s hardened heart. David persisted through years of tending sheep and running for his life after he was anointed the next king. The Israelites persisted in marching around the wall of Jericho for seven days.

All of the people mentioned held a promise from God. All of them faced a reality far different from that promise for many years of their lives.

Have you ever wondered –

  • What if Abraham and Sarah gave up on trying to conceive a baby?
  • What if Moses stopped at the ninth plague?
  • What if David threw in the towel; deciding it wasn’t worth the wait and trouble?
  • What if the Israelites stopped marching on day six?

None of these people stopped short of the prize. They kept going. They persevered.

Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” These amazing hall-of-faith people modeled this in their lives. They believed God would do what He said He would do.

For me, it’s not hard to see where my daughter’s persevering personality comes from. After three boys and generations of no girls born into the family, we were told by countless people it was unlikely we would ever have a girl. And yet, I held a dream in my heart time wasn’t taking away. I believed God placed that dream there and He could do anything to bring it to pass. And when Kylie FAITH entered this world, I was so thankful I never gave up.

What promise of God are you holding onto? Whatever it is, my prayer for you is that no matter what you see happening in the natural you will keep going, keep moving forward, keep hoping, keep pressing on, and whatever you do — never, ever give up.

Amy O’Donnell

© Copyright March 5th, 2014

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Nothing is Impossible

I imagine, if I were to ask you if you have ever faced a situation that for all appearances seemed impossible, you would say yes. I think we can all relate; we have probably all had times when our faith has wavered, our dreams have seemed a million miles away, and it appears as if God has forgotten us.

 In moments like those, I love having the Bible to look back on to see how others walked through similar faith-challenged moments. We can look at stories like that of Abraham and Sarah, who waited 25 years from the time God promised them a son, to his actual birth. Abraham had been promised that He would be the Father of many nations, and he hadn’t even had the rightful heir it was all supposed to come through. When the time was approaching for Isaac to be born by God’s time table it seemed impossible from Abraham and Sarah’s perspective, because they were past childbearing years. God’s response to their faith wavering moment was this question, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?”

In the New Testament, in Luke Chapter 1, we see a similar response given to Mary when the angel visited her to foretell of Jesus’ birth. She didn’t see how it could be possible for her to have a child when she had never even been with a man, to which the angel replied in verse 37, “For nothing is impossible with God.”

 We can also read of people being healed of diseases, raised from the dead, protected in a fiery furnace, and of one man who was rescued from a lion’s den without a scratch on him. We can read of prison doors opening miraculously, of words being given to speak when needed, of provision being met. And with all of these true life stories we are again reminded that with God all things truly are possible.

I don’t know what you are facing today, but I do know that it hasn’t knocked God off the throne! He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is still the God that moves mountains. Our God is still in the miracle working business. Nothing is too big or too hard for Him – For Nothing is impossible with God!

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