Day 23 – Push Past the Pain

“…So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” (I Peter 5:10 – NLT)

In 1997, I became a full time pastor and went from an annual salary of $60,000/year to $150/week. However, the Lord specifically told me to do nothing else but ministry and He would provide for our family of six. Those early years seemed scary and at times it was painful to stick to what God says when we didn’t know where our rent money was coming from and when it would show up. But after about two years God increased us and a flow of economic prosperity started coming in our lives. I’m so glad that we “pushed past the pain.”

Over my years as a Pastor, I have seen so many people fail to maximize their full potential because they couldn’t “push past the pain.” The pain I’m referring to is not necessarily physical pain. It’s the pain of having to be persistent when you feel like giving up. It’s the pain of feeling lonely because you don’t know anyone else who is going through what you are going through. It’s the pain of being misjudged, misunderstood and misrepresented.

Going to “the next level” in any discipline or endeavor will always challenge you and may even cause you pain. When you are believing God to receive more and/or do more, the enemy called “average” will always try to make you settle for what you have and stay where you are. He will make you question if the next level is worth the pain that you are experiencing to get there. Well, the above-referenced scripture gives us the answer – an overwhelming “Yes!!!!” If you are willing to push past the temporary pain, God has promised to restore you, support you, and strengthen you and then “place you on a firm foundation.” That sounds like increase and promotion to me so “push through to go to!”

Faith Stretching Exercises:

1. Like doing one more rep at the gym, make the decision to not give up because things are uncomfortable.
2. Think about something that you started but didn’t finish because of pain and go back to complete it.