Perseverance

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Coming up against spiritual resistance can sometimes take every ounce of strength that we have in order to overcome it. 

God showed this to me while I was climbing once. At the time, I was in San Diego for a powerful women's conference and I was spiritually tired. I went to the conference expecting to hear from God, to get some things out of my heart and get His truth in me. Then I came against spiritual resistance. I was connecting with God and the conference was amazing, but among these beautiful Godly women I felt alone; out of place; and I could hear that voice telling me I didn't belong there. Questions like, "Why did I even come? Out of a thousand women I haven't connected with anyone." 

I recognized the voice of the enemy but I still had to fight. I prayed and pressed in until I saw breakthrough and the enemy had to leave.

Going to this conference, I was tired but determined.

When I was climbing, I wore myself out pretty quick; but I wanted to do one more climb. I was an overhanging climb [which is slightly upside-down] which made it more difficult. And I was lead climbing, which means I was clipping the rope in as I went higher. When I got to the hardest part of the climb, my arms and my fingers couldn't do it anymore. I felt like I couldn't hold on anymore and everything in me wanted to let go; but that would mean falling about fifteen feet to where I last clipped. I didn't want to fall. So I mustered up all my strength and pulled the rope up and tried to clip. My fingers surged and then I got tired and grabbed the wall. I tried again, the gate on the clip started to open, and a finger came off my hold. I grabbed the wall.

I thought about letting go; but I didn't want to fall. So I mustered up my strength again. I yelled and gripped the hold I had with all I had in me. The gate started to open on the clip, a finger came off the hold and I gripped it even tighter. I was too close to give up. 

Click.

The rope is clipped and I let go of the wall, allowing myself to hang on that blessed clip. I didn't finish but I clipped that bolt when I was spent and exhausted. Then I came down and I was congratulated for pushing through. 

What are  you determined for in your life? Determined for breakthrough? For vision? For your family or your prayer life? 

Sometimes we come up against an overhanging wall in life when we're already spent. We feel like we really can't hold on anymore. We try to stay positive and combat the lies of the enemy but we're so tired. We have good moments which are like that open gate on the clip, but then we face resistance again. 

8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
— 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

It's not our strength, it's His. He makes us strong so we can do all things, if only we have the stubborn will to do it. To keep pressing in. To remember the authority He gave us against the enemy and tell the enemy to leave in Jesus' name. 

Here's the beautiful part: I didn't finish the climb. But when I came down I was congratulated for getting through that hard part. God is like that. He doesn't stand around waiting for us to finish and then get disappointed when we don't. He congratulates us because He knows our process. He loves when we muster our strength and push through even though we're tired. 

If you're determined for breakthrough, God will make it possible. He will always catch you, always give you strength, and remind you of the authority He gave you. Just don't let go.