Press Through

Sometimes, it's imperative to encourage yourself to press through. Even when you really can not see the end result, there has to be a faith that will prevail in the process. At that moment, God will take his strength, replace it with your flesh and lift you and I to a place of refuge. One in which, only He can perform once we place our faith and trust in Him.

This morning, it was raining steadily as we prepared to attend church services. One mind said, it is raining entirely too hard to get out and the temperatures were dropping. Not to mention, this is my Sunday I committed to assist with Children's Church. Although we arrived about fifteen minutes after services started, we were well in time to prepare for the children. They actually arrived about fifteen minutes thereafter. Thus, the time was in our favor and I was dropped off under the shed, so I didn't get wet at all. As I pressed through to honor my commitment, I realized that although I saw a few obstacles, I walked anyway. I proceeded anyway and there is a great reward in allowing God to entrust me to be apart of something larger than myself. There is a feeling that although God has some pruning and is still working and molding me into Christ's image, there is an innocence in children that will accept us with our flaws and if the influence is a positive one, I thank God for the opportunity.

Pressing through may not be comfortable, however, it is needed to continue to do the Will that's predestined. Often times, in the mist of challenges, there are tests to strengthen us and prepare us for the next assignment. Whether it's going through the process of loosing relatives, friends, familiar circumstances, or even making mistakes, there is a lesson in it all. If you and I are willing to press through, God will work it out for our good.

Romans 8:28

New International Version (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Well, what is our purpose? Our purpose is do the Will of the Father who sent us. We are his ears, legs, hands, feet, and other resources that He has blessed us with to accomplish His purpose. How will His purpose be fulfilled? His purpose will be fulfilled if you and I press through and rely on His strength. I wonder how the chain of events would have differed if David surrendered after he disobeyed God? He probably would not have been called "a man after God's own heart". He pressed through and became an integral part of Christ's lineage. So it is with our lives. We don't always make the right decisions, choose the correct words, partake in the right relationships or eat the right foods sometimes. Through it all, God's purpose remains unchanged and He is working on our behalf so that we can accomplish His purpose.

Pressing is not contingent upon the conditions, the power is in the pressing. The ability to go forward, withstand the tests and trials and come out on the other side having pleased the Father. As the challenges may sometimes engulf our thoughts, when we keep moving forward, God's grace will sustain us and mercy will wash away the imperfections arriving at the point of reference that will glorify God.

Keep pressing,
LaKenya

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