Pressing Through Pt.2...

As equal as fear limits creativity, faith produces creativity. Faith will produce what you have in your mind. This is not to say that your mind will not produce what fear is presenting, but it will be unproductive, causing limitation to your productivity.

Faith is liberating and fear restricts and places you in bondage.

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)  
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

The word “sober” means to not be drunk with wine, or watch. The word “devour” means to drown. We cannot allow ourselves to be drowned in what we have been giving our attention too.

To be sober means that we are to keep our heads straight; we are responsible for maintaining soundness of mind.

Being aware of our opposition is important, but not as important as being aware of our vision and goals.

This principle in seen in 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) “7 For we walk by faith, not by sight”.

Sight encompasses the five senses, sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. This is the only means by which Satan can inject negative thoughts into our minds, through the five senses. These senses are intended to be a help to us and to bless our lives, not to be a curse.

The Bible calls our body “the temple of the Holy Spirit”, it is not an enemy.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Our body was given to us to be a blessing, not a curse. The body is not evil; as a matter of fact, the body only does what we tell it to do. It is the neutral part of our lives and was created to be a blessing.

Jesus called us “the light of the world”; the only way for someone to see the light of God is through our bodies actions. If we are to be the light of the world, the world will only know this light through our lives. (Matthew 5:14 (KJV)
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.)

Once you decide to press through what is attempting to hold you back; the fog of your thoughts will clear up so as for you to see clearly and maintain your focus on what God has called you to do.

Philippians 3:13-15 (KJV)
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

God wants us to maximize our potential. This will require a constant renewal of your mind regarding your vision and purpose.

As an illustration, every lawn stays green by utilizing the same chemical over and over, water. You can add fertilizer and other ingredients to help feed it, but it still needs water.

We must water the lawn of our vision over and over again with the words of our mouth.

Ephesians 5:26 (KJV)
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.

John 15:3 (KJV)
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Both of these verses state to us what keeps the mind clean from fear, doubt and unbelief.

Pressing through is continuous if you desire to achieve your goals.

In other words, to fulfill the vision God has placed in you will not be done without pressure.

Getting passed the mental pressure to give up requires you placing pressure on what you are called to do.


Joel 2:28 (KJV)
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

Why does it reference old men dreaming and young men seeing visions? There is a time frame that you are to establish your vision. That time is when you are young.

Let’s go to Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 (KJV)
1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

When Solomon makes the statement that all is vanity; it is in reference to us filling life with what God has called us to do. We enter life with an empty slate or canvas and we are the architect of our future; the artist of the canvas of life that God has blessed us with.

Life is empty and if you do not fill it with what God has called you to do, Satan will fill it with his will.