Taking New Ground in Your Life

It’s February already and I hope your new year is off to a great start. I hope you’re still moving forward in your goals and towards your dreams. Taking new ground is an exciting adventure, but it does not come without resistance. When you face obstacles in life and God is with you, you outweigh the opposition.

I read a great blog by Michael Hyatt called 4 Ways to Beat the Resistance. As we stretch ourselves to receive all that God has for us, these four points from Hyatt help:

  1. Stay connected to your why. 
  2. Keep your negative emotions at arm’s length. 
  3. Find someone who’s already done it. 
  4. Get the help you need. 

You can read the full blog by clicking the link above, but I wanted to share what I’ve learned about facing obstacles and why I agree with Hyatt.

Remember why you started in the first place. What was the original reason you married your spouse, started in ministry, tried to get healthy or moved to a new city? Without a consistent connection to our why, we will falter when times get hard. And they will get hard. God said to Joshua, “I promise you what I promised Moses, everywhere you set your foot you will be on land I have given you.” (Joshua 1:3 NLT) That sounds awesome, until we read about the giants, the battles, and the challenges of leadership. Joshua had to constantly return to the word of God, the promise, the why, to take the ground He had been given. Already facing some opposition in 2015? Return to your why and keep pressing on.

Our emotions are indicators, but they can also be dictators. Anxiety, depression, anger, control, and more can run our lives, if we let them. Slow down, take a minute to reflect, talk to a trusted friend or advisor, read a helpful book and keep toxic emotions from running your life and defeating your dreams. Stay hopeful in the face of adversity.

When you feel like giving up, find someone who has achieved something great in spite of obstacles. Watch the Pursuit of Happyness. Read the life of King David in the Bible. Find someone else who has overcome the issue you are facing. Ask questions and listen. When I discovered I would have to battle cancer last year, I was thankful for my wife’s own battle against breast cancer years ago. We had overcome this before and we did it again. People are our greatest resource when we are filled with doubt. Stories of hope remind us to move forward in faith to achieve our goals and dreams.

Resist pride and get help. The truth is, we’re better together. If you can accomplish all that you are dreaming of alone, I humbly suggest you dream a bigger dream. God has bigger and better for you because His plans for your life involve community. We need people to help us and we need others to help. As they say, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Remember, when you face obstacles in life and God is with you, you outweigh the opposition. You can beat the resistance in your life and achieve all that God has planned for you!

“This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NLT

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