Adapted from ‘The Good Father’.

8.      
Be Relentless:
”I will not quit” is a posture of faith in the integrity of God as revealed in
His Word. Courage embraces failure and breathes victory into it. Courage
redeems the defeats of the past and uses them as a foundation upon which to
build future successes. Courage rallies a weak and tired body, driving out
exhaustion. It will not let you quit or give up. Courage will cause you to
bounce right back. You may get knocked down, but you won’t stay down. When you
live by faith and… courage… you are being led by the Spirit’
LaDonna
Osborn.

To
be relentless is much more than determination or foolhardiness, you cannot do it
on your own. You need draw courage from within: ‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.’Phil.4:13.Courage is spiritual, it strengthens the weak. Just as after the demise of
Moses God charged Joshua to‘be strong and of good courage’ assuring
of His presence, He will strengthen you ‘with
might through His Spirit in the inner man.’
Eph.3:16.By
your strength you cannot prevail over the challenges of this fallen world, so be strong in the Lord and in the
power of His mightEph.6:10.

Jesus
already warned that ‘tribulation or
persecution arises because of the word’
Mt.13:21.Your faith will be proved, tried and tested, but ‘count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the
testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing’
Js.1:2-4.God
will not permit more than you can handle to come against you. Stay the course,
unyielding: the things you have or are going through are meant to make you
better.

God instructed Noah to build a structure that had
never been seen, in preparation for a phenomenon that had never been heard of.
He must have been ridiculed to such extent that, by the end of the 100th
year of building the Ark, his name would have become a noun, synonymous with mad. But by the time the waters had
covered the mountains, and swept away every living thing, he had the last laugh.

Isaac
obeyed God; he stayed in Gear instead of relocating to Egypt. There, he ‘began to prosper, and continued prospering
until he became very prosperous’
Gen.26:13.
In spite of his being in God’s will, the Philistines stopped up all the wells his
father had dug because of envy, fearing he was mightier than them. After Isaac
re-dug the wells and found water, they chased him away and claimed the wells as
theirs. Isaac did not give up; he kept moving, and digging wells until he dug a
well they did not quarrel over. This he named Rehoboth meaning spaciousness;
the Lord had made room for himGen.26:22.

Daniel
was lowered into the lions’ den as punishment for praying to the Lord, not King
Darius. God sent His angel to shut the lions’ mouths and he was not devouredDan.6:22.Should Daniel have compromised his
faith, God would not have been glorified in his situation
. David, the
shepherd-boy who later became king, was delivered from the paws of the bear and
the lion, and eventually from the hand of Goliath, the Philistine, with
a sling and a stone’
.
He acknowledged that the battle is the Lord’s,
who does not save with sword or spear1Sam.17:45-47.
Had David been afraid, or considered
his size and the discouraging words of his brothers and of Goliath, he would
not have built confidence fighting
the bear and the lion, and Israel would have suffered defeat.

None of the above was an easy feat; each was attained by divine
enablement. To achieve God’s purpose for you, you
need persevere; take audacious steps in faith in spite of the opposition you
are sure to face. Encourage yourself in God’s word until you get to the place
of spaciousness, and beyond.