I’ve always been the type of person that is very dependent on the opinions of others and need the validation, support and encouragement to feel like I’m doing the right thing. Right now, God has me in a place where I do have a few people that have and will encourage me, but it just wasn’t enough. I still found myself struggling to keep pressing forward when I felt like giving up. One day as I was sitting in my room, crying, thinking God…I cannot do this anymore, the song Encourage Yourself by Donald Lawrence dropped in my heart. I had to pull it up on Youtube and when I heard it…i thought ok, God…I hear you. The basis of the song is about speaking life over yourself and your situation and after listening to the song several times, I realized two things I have been doing wrong…
1. I was relying on people to fill me up in order to move forward
2. I wasn’t putting into practice the scriptures and things that I learned.
I somehow thought that the word of God only worked when people quoted it to me and said keep moving forward. I missed the importance of speaking life over myself, standing on the word and using it as a reminder of His promises vs the enemies lies. I’m so used to looking outward for everything I never realized the inner strength that God has given me to keep pressing on when I feel like giving up. In 1 John 4:4(NIV) it says:
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
To me this means that with God, I am stronger, wiser and more powerful than anything that is thrown my way. There is nothing that this world or Satan can throw at me that I cannot overcome.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” Romans 8:37 (NIV).
See! I didn’t even need someone to call and tell me that…I just encouraged myself while typing this. Lol. God has already provided what is needed to persevere. Don’t forget the warrior on the inside of you that is ready to fight on your behalf. If you feel you have no one, don’t worry…keep your head up because God will preserve and teach you through his word how to stand strong until the season changes.
I will mention that I believe in the power community and God has used people as you have read to help get me here, but at some point you will have to rely on His strength in you. Sometimes you just have to encourage yourself…