Not long ago Tyler Perry gave a strong, encouraging message at a church in Texas not long ago, and it is pertinent to our day and time. He spoke of Abraham and Isaac from Genesis 22.
Abraham had to trust God with his son, Isaac, when He told Abraham to take his son up to the mountain. Abraham had to climb up the hill. He had to trust God because after all, Isaac was the son of promise. Abraham had to maintain his faith and trust in God. Then God asked him to sacrifice his son. You can imagine the anxiety Abraham felt. Did he fall back? No, he believed God. God was faithful (as always), and provided the sacrifice, a lamb caught in the bushes.
As Tyler Perry said, when we feel anxious, overwhelmed with life around us, we need to climb as Abraham did. That’s the time when you stand on the Word, pray the Word, pray His promises over you, your family, and whatever situation you’re in at the moment. That’s when you feed your inner man the manna of God – life-giving words.
Then you follow with maintaining—you praise the Lord for who He is what He is doing and about to do. You don’t get sidetracked or let outside forces distract you from your climb and maintaining. You continue following these things, climbing and maintaining, and you’ll come out of anxiety, depression, and anything else that is trying to steal God’s strength and power in your life.
As you climb and maintain, and continue to do that, you’ll come out, be stronger, and defeat the enemy. You’re drawing the line and not allowing the enemy to step over it. You are more than a conqueror through Jesus who loves you. You are the head and not the tail. You are an overcomer, and you’ll overcome all obstacles through the power of Jesus and His Word.
Are you ready to continue to climb and maintain? As we end this year and look ahead to a New Year-2022, let’s continue climbing. Let’s continue speaking God’s Word over ourselves, our families, and others. Let’s speak His Word of strength, love, joy, peace, and comfort. Let’s not be distracted with momentary skirmishes around us. Let’s focus on God’s power in our midst. Then, let’s maintain as we continue to praise and thank the Lord for what He is doing in us and in our situations.
Let’s enter 2022 in greater strength and power through Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith, so let’s keep feeding our faith as we climb and maintain. By the way, the view at the top of the mountain is magnificent.