Tenaciousness can carry an negative connotation at times. Someone being considered tenacious can be linked to being rude, aggressive, and without care and concern for others. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord can turn whatever He desires from negative to positive for His glory? Let’s consider this verse:
“Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior].” Hebrews 4:14 AMP
The amplified version of Hebrews 4:14 exhorts believers to cling tenaciously! Let us cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in the Father! Let’s be firm, aggressive, and without care or concern for the things of the world when it comes to trusting in our Father! Let’s be unwilling to yield or compromise when it comes to holding to our confession and our faith in the Lord our God.
The world will want to define you as foolish, naive, and silly for clinging to Someone who you cannot see, touch, or feel. This world will want us to loosen our grip and grab on to the tangible and the destructible. The Word gives us that warning:
Be tenacious for our Father! Cling to our Creator! This concept of clinging requires focus, strength, patience and love. Your firm grasp is power! Your faith will move the mountains of your life, if only we can remember to cling tenaciously.
Be unwavering in articulating about the power of the Lord our God. Be passionate about demonstrating the love of God through Jesus Christ. Be immovable about declaring the goodness of God.
Sisters, let’s cling tenaciously to the very One who saved us from the brink of death. Let’s cling to our Savior.
In order to experience life, you must know about death. In order to experience healing, you must know about pain. In order to experience abundance, you must know about not having enough. In order to experience victory, you must know about being defeated.
The more we live, the more we realize that there is power in the name of Jesus. We know He is the life giver. We know He is the healer. We know He is the provider. We know He is victorious. We know that there is a Name that is above all names.
His Name is Peace. His Name is Lord. He is the Provider. He is Victorious. The Lord, our Banner. Jehovah Jireh. Jehovah Nissi. Jehovah Shalom. Jesus. Messiah. Lord. Savior. More than A Conqueror.
There is a name that saves:
There is a name that will bring us to our knees, the name of the Lord our God! How blessed are we as we cry out to our Father, He comes to our rescue? What name on Earth or Heaven has the power to move mountains? The name of the Lord, our God!
“Help me, Jesus“ can be the start to our breakthrough! Let’s call on the name of the Lord instead calling on the issues that weigh us down. Instead of calling on the name of diseases and diagnoses, let’s call on the Name of our Healer. Instead of calling ourselves “a hot mess”, let’s proclaim that we are blessed!
This can be the hardest task for women. Silence. Let’s face it, we have the gift of gab! Extroverts and introverts alike…we either enjoy talking to many people or our one favorite person, we can go a mile a minute or need a reboot after a conversation, but we enjoy talking. And why not?! The Lord did give us a voice and words to use. Our words and our voice have power!
But there are those moments when the old adage reigns true: silence is golden. While we are not sure where the saying comes from, we do know that the Word of God says it first:
Sometimes we have to choose silence. Oh challenging that can be! We want to say what we gotta say. We want to be heard, especially when we are upset-if we can be transparent-we are ready to speak our mind and stand our ground!
So naturally (well actually supernaturally), the Lord tells us to be silent-the absolute last thing we want to be. Ah, but it is in the silence where the Lord can speak the loudest. And when we are engaged in battle with the enemy, when we are steaming, we need to hear the voice of the Lord. He is the voice of wisdom. He is truth. He is our protector.
As you engage in spiritual warfare, before speaking-choose silence. Your silence will signal the Savior!
Moms, Aunties, Caregivers: Remember how it was letting your little one get dressed all on their own? You are running behind but you need to let the little one learn how to get dressed by themselves. And they can be quite persistent, right? They may have a tantrum or cry, but they are determined to do it all on their own. And you are standing there, patiently waiting (or impatiently waiting…), thinking to yourself, if only they would ask me for help, I could help them out.
Can’t help but to wonder if the Father is standing there looking at us, as we cry, tantrum, and throw a whole fit, trying to figure out our problem. We can’t help but to wonder if the Father looks at us saying: If only they asked for help, I could help them.
That pesky spirit of control can be such a hindrance to our heart’s desires. If we would bow to the Father and lay down our challenges, our struggles, and weaknesses, imagine what the Lord our God could do for us! Imagine if we simply surrendered and asked the Lord for help, what could be accomplished.
There is power in asking the Father for help. He is that patient parent, just waiting for us to surrender. He is that loving Savior who wants to see us abundantly blessed. He longs to be Lord over every inch of our lives. The Father is not here to see us struggle, when He holds the world in His hands. The Creator of the Universe is not in place to see His children forsaken.
Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Ask the Lord to help you finish that book. Ask the Lord to release healing onto that hurting loved one. Ask the Father to increase your finances. Seek the Savior for that new job.
Problems are annoying, let’s just be transparent about it! No need to sugarcoat it, problems are nuisances and they are something that we do not desire.
However, have we ever considered that problems may very well be apart of the process? In order to get to the desired location, you have to go through somewhere else. In order to grow, you must go! Think about being pregnant: the belly is growing, feet are swelling, and hormones are changing. There are lots of “problems” that come along with being pregnant: buying bigger clothes, preparing a budget for the addition, and the overall adjustment for the plus one. But isn’t the reward sweet, probably the sweetest thing you’ve known (outside of knowing Jesus, of course)?
Problems are a part of the process: the process of becoming, the process of growing, and the process of being stronger and wiser. Those fruitful attributes are not obtained without hardships and trials, the Word tells us so:
Problems can produce endurance, patience, hope and confidence. Problems lead us to becoming perfected in Christ. Problems are simply a part of the process. Problems can shape and mold you!
So we won’t deny that problems are inconvenient and bothersome. We won’t deny that we really don’t want to deal with problems. We won’t deny that problems are troubling.
We will say that whatever comes our way, good or bad, will refine us. We will declare that whatever hardships stand it our way, that it will not overtake us. We will shout that our problems are not bigger than our amazing Father! We will decree that problems will lead to our victory!
Be encouraged, our sister, it’s all a part of the beautiful process.
Have you heard about the daughters of Zelophehad? You can read about them in Numbers 27. These bold beauties were at risk of losing their land due to their father’s death and the fact that he had no sons. They would have to give their father’s land to his brothers, their uncles. This was the law of the land at the time. Essentially these sisters bucked against the system and pursued the land for themselves. And long story short, they won and changed history.
Sisters, our boldness doesn’t end there. Your stance can change history. When we choose to stand against tradition, and pursue the will of the Father-we, too, can change history. We too are bold beauties! Maybe you aren’t fighting for your father’s inheritance but you see wrong occurring at your child’s school. Maybe you see injustice in your community. Perhaps you recognize outdated traditions in your church. It is time to stand boldly for the glory of God!
We are commanded to come before the throne of grace-boldly!
It’s time to stand boldly our beautiful sister and change the course of history and break the bondage of tradition! It’s time to walk right up to the throne to pursue the will of God! You are a trailblazer!
The daughters of Zelophehad simply wanted a place to live. Their stance received the approval of the Father. Perhaps He was waiting for someone to change the tradition of the times, He was waiting for someone to say “yes Lord, I will go!” He is waiting for you to say “yes Lord, I will go!” He’s waiting to you to speak up, He is waiting for you to have that courageous conversation!
The enemy will tell you, your voice doesn’t matter and he is a liar. Your voice matters and your boldness matters!
Be bold beauty, you can change the course of history!
Fear cannot reign nor can it rule. Do you hear the Lord? Fear is not from Him. It can exist but it is not eternal. We all have something we are afraid of but it cannot have authority. Fear may be a natural response but we have supernatural power. The supernatural trumps the natural each and every time.
Let’s not give fear supernatural power, let’s not make fear an authority figure in our lives, and let’s not allow fear to sit on the throne of our hearts! Let’s be bold sisters! Let’s overrule the fear that tries to take root in our lives.
The Lord must be ruler, Master, and Lord over all of our lives. He is the One who frees us, He is the One who determine that power, love and a sound mind shall rule, and He is the One who has all power and authority in His mighty hands. Let’s toss fear at the feet of Jesus. No longer are we afraid! We are free-Hallelujah!
We don’t fear what will come: the future is in the Father’s hands. We don’t fear a repeat of our pasts: it is finished. We don’t fear our enemies: they shall be our footstool. We don’t fear Satan and His schemes: We, in Christ, have the victory!
Dethrone fear sisters! Let’s make sure that Christ alone sit on the thrones of our hearts and minds.
We can all think of an instance where we decided to just give up. We got frustrated, maybe we got distracted, or perhaps the task we were trying to accomplish got moved down the list due to life’s circumstances. Either way, we just gave up! Consider this however, maybe giving up isn’t a bad thing. Maybe the very thing we decide to walk away from will place us on the path to something better or maybe Someone better.
In Matthew 19 (and throughout the Gospels), we see how the disciples have given up everything to follow Christ: “Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” Matthew 19:27
The disciples just gave up-their families, their worldly possessions, their fleshly desires-to follow Jesus. What will we forsake for His sake?
We serve a merciful and kind God, who knows that our children and spouses and families are the desires of our hearts. Perhaps He isn’t asking us to abandon them to follow Him, but He is asking that we abandon control and pride to follow Him. He is asking us to forsake ourselves for His sake. He is asking us to serve and care for our families from a surrendered place as oppose to a position of control.
Will you go even if your family does not? Will you renounce the Lord if your sister or your mother does? Are we willing to forsake for His sake? Are we willing to give it all up for Him: the satisfaction of our flesh, the perks of that promotion, that 20 year friendship?
The reward that awaits is so much greater than anything we can ever give up:
Such a powerful message! We cry out how much we love God. We exclaim about how much He is our Lord and Savior. We shout about how powerful He is, how amazing He is, and how He holds the whole world in His hands. But then we try to plan, we try to “help the Lord out” by doing it our way, and relying on our knowledge and power. Don’t fret, it’s not too late to recognize the power behind His name! We can began to fully trust in the name of the Lord.
Let’s try it out this way:
Imagine if we trusted God to be God. Imagine if we trusted Him to be all He said He is! Oh how our worlds would shift! As you trust Him to be God over your life, you will begin to feel the foundations shaking! You will see the barriers begin to fall, you will see the mountains move! We will say His name, but will we trust in the power of His name?!
We know His name? Now, let’s trust in His name! He will not fail.
Watch over the sister reading this prayer. Lord, we know that You are our place of refuge and safety, please keep this amazing woman safe. Lord, she is yours-may You show Yourself as her Father. Lord, she needs You-may you continue to supply all of her need according to Your riches in glory. Lord, she has cares and concerns-may you give her the desires of her heart as she delights herself in You.
Father, may she fall in love with Jesus each and every day. May Your Holy Spirit continue to guide her in all truth and understanding. And as she tries to understand what’s going on in her life, as she tries to understand what direction you have for her-may she lean not on her own understanding, acknowledge You in all her ways, and she will begin the right path for her life.
Father, build up this amazing woman reading this prayer to be a powerhouse for the Kingdom! Continue to strengthen and protect her from the snares of the enemy. May she continue to seek Your face above all else.