STEADY FOR THE LONG HAUL

I don’t know where you are in your walk with the Lord, what season you’re in, or what happened in your past, but I want to start from right where you are at today.

All of us, in the beginning of a ministry, job or marriage, will find life fun and exciting. But sooner or later the fun and excitement will turn into a season of steadiness. This is the point where we need to learn the critical life lesson of hanging in tight and pressing on. A lot of people grow old but never quite develop a depth of character nor grasp the basics to press through.

Let me give you four basic key points.

1. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

It’s so easy during a season of steadfastness to get bored. Then we start looking at greener pastures—at another person or another job, other things to satisfy our hunger for something new and exciting.However, first and foremost, we must be sure our personal relationship with God is solid.We need to make sure that we are okay with Jesus.

This translates to having enough of an identity that if it were just you and Jesus, you would be all right. It’s all you need – just you and Jesus – to be satisfied, content, and secure. That’s it!

If everything else was taken away, and it’s just you and Jesus, would that be enough?

2. THREE PERSONAL LIFE DISCIPLINES.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen; but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are [temporary], but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

In other words, this scripture is telling us that there’s a lot more going on than we think or can see. Remember, God is working within us even though we can’t see or feel it. That’s why, as we go through a season of steadfastness, we must daily practice three key life disciplines: our devotional time with God by reading His word (At New Hope we use the SOAP method of reading the Bible), a disciplined diet and exercise to keep our bodies healthy, and margins in our daily schedules.

3. PERSONAL STEWARDSHIP.

  • How do you steward things God has given to you? Two of the areas I am focusing on this season are my finances and orderliness/organizing my home and office.

4. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS.

Are you genuine in your relationship with others? A lot of times, we fake it! Too often we may not like or get along with someone, yet we pretend that everything is fine.

Let’s just be genuine. Wouldn’t it make life simpler?

Stay steady and cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the season of steadiness. You’ll find this season to be one of the most fruitful seasons you’ll ever experience!

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