If I asked you to list the struggles or difficulties you’ve faced in 2020, I’m sure the list would be exhausting. In addition to all the regular 2020 “stuff” on my list, my mom had a major health event this fall and has a long journey of healing and restoration ahead of her. Her sister, my aunt, recently suffered an injury that has been a major setback, and the road ahead of her is a mountain of rehabilitation. While chatting on the phone with both of them, the theme that emerged was taking it one day at a time. The mountain ahead of each of them is immense. Looking at the entire mountain can be overwhelming. Over the weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder discussed a mountain that he recently climbed and reminded us that focusing on the next step, putting one foot in front of the other, is often what it takes to tackle the enormity of what lies ahead.
This same concept applies to us spiritually. Our theme verse for this message series is from 1 Timothy 4:8: “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” The day-to-day fundamental spiritual training in our lives is what strengthens us as we climb the mountains we’re facing. The good news is, as we come into this final stretch of 2020 and turn the corner into 2021, the steps that we take now to grow spiritually will give us the strength to endure any new challenges that we encounter.
Taking steps to KNOW Christ a little more every day is the training that will result in supernatural endurance.
10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”
This week we’ll explore this and more as we strive to have “spiritual amnesia,” knowing that sometimes we have to let go of our past to grow closer to God. Ben said it this way: “You can spiritually focus when you purposefully forget.” In other words, we may need to forget what is behind us so that we can focus on the future God has for us. Over the next few days, we will put one foot in front of the other and unpack areas in our lives where we would benefit from spiritual amnesia.
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (emphasis added).
Do you have an immense mountain that you’re facing? What is the next focused step that will help to get you up and over it?
Knowing Jesus better each day is what produces endurance and strength. There are many ways to do that. One is to be in the Word through a devotional (like this LivingItOut). Another is to complete a Bible reading plan. (It doesn’t have to be Jan. 1 to get started.) The YouVersion Bible App also has devotionals by topic or book of the Bible and is a convenient tool to grow in your relationship with Christ. Don’t forget to check out all the amazing Bible study offerings on RightNow Media. You can learn more about RightNow Media and sign up for your free subscription here.
God, the mountain before me is immense, and yet, thanks to you, I’ve miraculously endured. Thank you for the grace and strength that you’ve given me. May I be disciplined and diligent to continue training for godliness, taking steps to know you more every day. Help me to forget what is behind and look toward what is ahead, trusting you every step of the way. In your precious and faithful name, I pray, amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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