Racing from Heartache into Destiny
August 24, 2017
"Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever."
1 Corinthians 9:25
A friend of mine recently began a new ministry venture - something they’ve been dreaming of for decades. On the brink of release, they were hit with a false prophesy filled with unkind words inspired by the enemy to kill, steal and destroy… in the very least, to slow or stop the good work they had endeavored upon, to make it less effective as they wallowed in the pain of false accusation. However, instead of letting the enemy have his way, they recognized the situation for what it was: a plot from the pit of hell to attempt to stop them from reaching their destiny. Therefore, they cast it behind them. Instead of letting offense or pain take hold, they moved forward.
In your Christian walk, in your ministry of any shape or size, the enemy throws things your way to stop you in your tracks, to slow you… but for what purpose? To keep you from fulfilling your calling. The only reason you face these pains is because the enemy wants to hinder your effectiveness. If he can so much as slow you, he's accomplished something.
When the enemy uses a brother or sister to hurt you - to cast a stone at you - and the force of it remains a weight upon you, you'll be wedged into a single place, unable to move forward. You might be able to affect passersby even as you wallow in your pain and anger, but think how many more you could be reaching if you were walking… or running.
In Acts 20:23-24, Paul says, “I know that in every city, the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
Paul endured dire circumstances, but he kept on, allowing nothing to hinder his commissioning. Even in prison, he continued his ministry work, writing letters that not only reached the churches they were meant for, but anyone who picks up a bible all these years later. Even from prison, he succeeded in reaching billions upon billions for years to come. In the face of hardship, he raced onward. Despite where he was in the physical realm, his spirit man remained steadfast and effective.
When someone tears into us, what must we do? We keep moving forward. As swiftly as possible, those hurtful things should be far behind us because we have not stopped to nurse them but have continued doing the work set before us. We are focused on one thing: our commissioning. We cannot take the baggage with us or our effectiveness will lessen. We are running a race against the enemy for souls and for the kingdom. So, we cast behind us the things that have hurt us. The sooner it is behind us, the sooner we are running at full efficiency. Along the way, we learn, we grow, we endure fires and failings and we come out the other end stronger and faster than before.
But looking at it practically, how do we accomplish getting past these hindrances as Paul did? He said he considered his life worth nothing, but it hurts to be treated poorly... there’s no denying it. When destructive untruths are spoken over us, it can stay with us, leeching onto everything we attempt. So, how do we just pick and run?
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God--he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Hebrews 12:2-3
Jesus. Upon your simple request, He will pull you through. Perhaps the healing does not always come to full completion as quickly as we'd like, but we must remember that it is the enemy whispering lies into the minds of those used to harm us and we must remember his purpose: to stop us.
“We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world.” Ephesians 6:12
So, the best thing you can do is to call a spade a spade. Remind yourself that this is the enemy and that if he set this up, you must be accomplishing something great, that he sees you are on the brink of a breakthrough you might know nothing of. When the enemy uses someone to hurt you... SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING.
So… we move forward.
The bible calls the Christian walk a race, but why are we not recommended a slow and steady pace as in Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare? Because to race is to take your destiny very seriously. We do not dawdle or let ourselves remain in the mire. We pick up and run because this is the athletic event of the millennia. And with the grace of God, we crawl out from under the weight of accusation, out of the sticky mire of oppression, away from the murky waters of the enemy. And we leap back into the race, RUNNING after our calling, racing after the lost, fleeing from those situations created merely to hold us back… because our eyes are on Jesus alone and His opinion is the onlyone that matters. He LOVES you with a deep, kind, sweeping love. He sees you, He adores you and as you live and breathe in Him, HE approves of you. He sees your pain and your failings and He cheers you onward. When you run along with Him pulling you by the hand, you can accomplish anything.
“I have fought well, I have finished the race and I have been faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7
“…All these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on…it means we’d better get on with it.” Hebrews 12:1
Cassandra Boyson is author of Amazon bestselling Christian Fantasy series, the Seeker's Trilogy. Through her books, she hopes not only to take readers on exciting fantasy adventures, but to reveal that God is the only One in Whom true power lies and He loves more deeply than any human ever could.
Cassandra is the daughter of Victoria Boyson, well-known author and speaker, and works with her in her ministry. She is also Co-Founder of Women of Impact Ministries.
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