This week on the Igniting Hope podcast and blog, I felt to share about this powerful word and promise about our futures: It will get easier. Maybe you’ve been pursuing growth in an area of your life like health or developing a new skill that challenges you (like public speaking), and are feeling discouraged. I hope this blog infuses you with the hope and truth that as a son or daughter of God, it is your nature to continually grow to higher levels. Today, we’re casting out the lie that “it will always be a struggle.” You are a mighty overcomer!
Here’s an excerpt from my book Victorious Mindsets on this topic:
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
I noticed something the other day as I rode my bike up the hill to my house. I became aware that this “uphill journey” was getting easier and easier for me. What used to be hard is now becoming painless.
I’ve been riding consistently from my house to the church and back for about three months now. Even though it is a short ride, there is “the hill” that must be overcome to get home. This hill seemed like a great mountain when I first tried to conquer it. I remember my heart pounding, my legs feeling like rubber, my lungs burning, and thinking I was going to pass out (as I gasped for air) after getting to the summit of this lofty land mass. I wondered if the pain was worth it.
In spite of this initial trauma, I suddenly realized that it is now not that difficult at all. My body has adjusted to the demands placed on it. My muscles have strengthened, and my lungs are able to cope with the higher demands of exercise. Truly, God has made our bodies for increase.
As I pondered this experience, I realized that there is great truth in this beyond exercising. Our Creator has made us so that things will get easier when we keep “pressing toward the goal” of building “muscle” in different areas of life. For instance, we may feel like we are going to faint when we first speak in front of a group; but as we keep pressing into this, it will get easier. This is
also true for areas like controlling our temper, overcoming fear, giving a prophetic word, evangelizing, tithing, speaking the truth in love, or choosing to think at a higher level about life and our self.
When we press into superior ways of living, our soul will probably say, “You’re killing me! This pain is too great. Go back to your old way of living where it is safe and comfortable for me!” Ha ha! I am glad that we don’t have to listen to this. Indeed, we should tell our soul, “It may be painful now, but it will get easier because that is the way God has made me. I am going to keep pressing toward the goal of God’s upward call into greater dimensions of His glory and purpose. So, Soul, get over it!”
Thank the Lord right now and say, “It will get easier.”
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.