There are some endeavours that would require a lot more grit than others. Some dreams take you on a lonely journey because many times those closest to you do not support your vision. You can also find yourself along a road that is steep and rugged, filled with unexpected risks; it is the reality of perseverance.
We must not however forget the positive side; the opportunities that would more than likely present themselves as we experience new territories or new pathways. Just think about the people you would meet and the rich relationships to be developed. The lessons to be learnt and the rewards to be enjoyed as a result of your sacrifices and hard work.
Critics would come but be of a strong mind and train yourself to quickly analyse what is being said casting aside words that have no bearing on your mission. Some criticisms are emerging from a place of fear, failure, jealousy and scorn. Watch out and stand clear! Do not fool yourself to think that your mind is strong enough to bear it. Run from the very appearance of evil, don’t even consider slowing down. Your mind is vulnerable and the god of this world (Satan), knows it too well.
Let the positive vibes rise, let your faith soar. Remember, faith without works is dead. Don’t talk about having faith and have nothing to show for it. Reach for the unreachable if you know the God of the impossible.
Ephesians 6:11-18 is so fitting for this article. It reminds us that we are provided with the necessary protection to win, to achieve and to conquer new territory.
“Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand; stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
For the believer, there is no area of our lives exempted from spiritual warfare. None, 100% Zero. Whether you are called to be a Pastor or a Bishop or you are called to be a market vendor, you need to walk garbed in the Armour of God to experience success. Wake up and stop living a life of defeat and blaming the Devil for it. Let your hands and feet follow your preaching.
Remember, the Armour of God exists for our benefit. The one who lives in you is greater. In other words, the battles of the mind, when coming to achieving your purpose, can be won. Walk in your true identity towards your destiny!