Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions, and ask for advice on many topics as well.
This week’s Girl to Girl Talk is about not giving up before God releases breakthrough in your life. You may be waiting on the Lord for some things to come to pass in your life, and at times, because we are human, it can be hard to wait. In the natural and in the flesh, we sometimes want to quit. Like a runner before the finish line, it can be tempting to stop or to give up.
My prayer is that this week’s Girl Talk will fuel you to never give up and to not waver in your faith. If you believe, it moves mountains and positions you to receive your miracle, blessing or breakthrough of promise. God is a God of promise, and He never breaks them. He may bring you a different blessing than expected or may answer your prayer in a different season that you thought, but you can bank on this: OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL! The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will not fail us! We are His beloved children!
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“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).
Paul writes to the churches in Galatia about not giving up, not quitting in the good work of the Lord that they were doing and keeping up the faith because in just a matter of time, they would reap a harvest. This means that they would receive their breakthrough, the answer, things would come into fruition at the appointed time.
Most people do give up though, unfortunately, and they give up in their faith because it is too hard and the pressure is too great. They give in to the flesh because they don’t feed the spirit with the TRUTH.
It takes discipline to finish well, but we need to train our minds and remember when it gets hard, it is worth it. The truth is, God will never fail you. In our minds, we think, “Maybe God won’t come through.” In actuality, God WILL come through, He allows us to go through different seasons of life and wants us to rely and believe Him. It is so neat to see His faithfulness and to walk in a genuine relationship, especially when you take note of God’s track record: NEVER FAILING.
God continuously told the Israelites, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) over and over, yet they still doubted at times. God knows we are human and that we will have moments of doubt, but we need to remember: He is for us and on our side! (Romans 8)
The Bible tells us to keep our eyes FIXED on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and like Paul illustrates, to “…keep our eyes on the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:25). Just like if you have a goal or if a runner plans to make it to the finish line, that is where His focus is.
PI girls, Jesus is where our focus should be. We should look to HIM and the Word of God (the Bible) when we don’t know which way to turn or when things seem to not make sense or when we feel we can’t hear God’s voice. God will give us sustainability and endurance to get where He has planned and promised, just like the Israelites! (Going from the dry desert into the promise land!)
“Therefore DO NOT CAST away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, SO THAT AFTER you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35-36).
See girls, it is usually AFTER we obey, AFTER we trust, AFTER we sacrifice, AFTER we wait, AFTER we seek, AFTER we humble ourselves, then after the testing, we get the breakthrough and the blessing of the promise. God is our Father and desires the BEST for our lives. Just like you would reward a child AFTER good behavior, the same goes for us.
Remember, God will have us wait, but He is faithful and just like Galatians said, IF (pre-condition) we don’t give up, then we will be rewarded and receive a harvest. Just like if a competitor in the Olympics trains, doesn’t give up, endures, runs hard, focuses on the prize and the goal, THEN will he achieve the reward.
Here are 5 tips on how to NOT give up before breakthrough:
1. Keep your eyes on the prize: Seek the Lord, His will and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
2. Keep running: Continue in doing good, serving, expanding the kingdom, being a light to the world and keeping busy in the Lord’s business. (Galatians 6:9)
“For the vision is YET for an APPOINTED TIME; but at the end it WILL speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, WAIT FOR IT; because it WILL surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3).
3. Keep trusting: Remember, the Prophet Isaiah wrote that the people who wait on God will mount up the wings of eagles and will soar. (Isaiah 40:31)
4. Keep praying: God hears our prayers and delights when we confide in Him. (Matthew 6)
5. Keep abiding: Stay connected to the body of believers. Satan wants you discouraged, disconnected, isolated and wants to place you in tempting situations. Stay close to those who can pray, lift you up and help you in the hard times.
Project Inspired Girls, to abide means to “stay,” “stand,” “endure,” “dwell,” “remain,” “bear,” “reside” and to be connected, just like the vine and the branches spoken in the Bible. If God is the vine and we are the branches then we can bear fruit, but if we are disconnected like the branches that don’t produce fruit, they wither. (John 15:1-8)
How do you girls stay strong while waiting for God’s breakthroughs? Comment below!