Thursday, February 21, 2013

Struggle is Necessary

Acts 14:22
Strengthening the Disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith they said, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”

Anything worth having comes with a challenge. Everything I have obtained in life came as a result of a struggle. Malcolm X, one of the front line warriors in our struggle for Civil Rights, once said, “ If there is no struggle there is no progress.” Malcolm actually quoted Fredrick Douglas, a former slave, who would go on to be a catalyst for reconstruction in America post-slavery. Both men used the phrase, “no struggle no progress” in the context of striving to create a more just society for their people in a country that had not recognized Africans in America as equal.

On our way to equality we have experienced so much struggle, blood, sweat, and tears; we’ve made tremendous progress but have a long way to go. In our individual pursuit for God’s Kingdom, we as believers are striving for a world that is filled with Justice, influenced by the Righteous, and controlled by the merciful. As we are pursuing this world “not made by hands” we must realize that hardships will come with the pursuit.

The devil is not just going to let us walk into the Kingdom of God without putting up resistance but we shouldn’t stop when we meet with it. The Apostle Paul said it best, “because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me!” (I Corinthians 16:9)
  1. We must press through resistance. Resistance is anything that comes against you walking through the door of opportunity God has presented to you to be effective. Resistance is a good sign that you are close to actualizing God’s will for your life.
  2. Keep Pray Until Something Happens. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
  3. Get back up when you get knocked down. 19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city.
Dear God,

I am determined to go forward into what you have called me into. I’ve come too far to turn around now. Give me the strength to press through this resistance to get to your Kingdom.

In Jesus Name,


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