Are you walking through a tough situation? Perhaps it’s been going on for a while. Are you feeling overwhelmed by opportunity to get offended, resentful and disconnect? Betrayed? Rejected? Do you have an opportunity to settle for less than your original plan in exchange for position, promotion, and platform? DON’T DO IT! What you are walking through RIGHT NOW is the very thing that is shaping you to handle DOUBLE.
Here are a couple promises to give you perspective and promise.
My family is currently walking through some health challenges. Not life threatening, but it pushes on our emotional wellbeing. I feel more tired than I should. I feel frustrated that the situation is still not resolved. I could ask ‘Why?’ but I’ve learned that if I want to know a God who is bigger than my understanding, I need to give up my right to understand. I trust Him to be faithful.
There have been some other challenges over the last two years that have pushed on us financially and there have been plenty of opportunities to push the ‘exit’ button and walk away offended. I understand the principles and the character-building message but I need more than that to keep going.
Then I heard two messages from Bill Johnson that changed everything.
Perspective gives pain a purpose. There’s nothing like seeing a reward to help motivate you in the midst of the challenge.
1. In order for Elisha to receive the DOUBLE portion from Elijah, he had to keep walking through rejection, distraction, offense, diversion and keep his focus on the one relationship that was the key to increase. (See 1 Kings 19 and 2 Kings 2)
2. Hope in All Circumstances: “Return to your fortress you prisoner of hope; and I will restore DOUBLE.” Zechariah 9:12
The challenging situation is what was necessary to PREPARE Elisha to receive the DOUBLE portion. The process of walking through potential rejection, offense, distraction and diversion were the very things that shaped his character and strength in order to sustain the increase when it came.
The key was holding onto HOPE in the process.
Return to your FORTRESS, you PRISONER OF HOPE.
Where have you lost hope? Pick it up again.
The future is better and brighter. Start by thanking God for the good things around you. If you need help with that, remember you woke up this morning, you have access to the internet, you can read encouragement like this! You are not alone.
Remember the testimonies… the stories of hope in your life and in the lives of people around you. Repeat them out loud.
Choose to keep walking.
Choose thankfulness in ALL circumstances.
[Now, who could you send this encouragement to? Who could you invest HOPE in?]
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He has worked for a national consultancy firm and leading financial institution as well as investing in international community development.
Andy is the director of Heaven in Business and together with his wife, Janine, leads Dream Culture – a movement catalyzing people to discover and live their dreams. Andy and Janine live with their four children in Redding, Ca. For more see www.AndyandJanine.com.