July 10, 2022
As I swam my laps today, a still small voice within whispered to my wondering heart, “Push to the end!” I pondered what this meant. Holy Spirit, what are you saying here? I asked Him. In response, He whispered, “Not only push to the end but push past the end!”
“Push to the end!” I hear again, remembering our high school swim team coach yelling at us as we trained every day before and after school. So many times, races were lost at the end of the lane because a swimmer backed off their speed in the last few yards. The speed and momentum of the other swimmers could easily pass another racer at the very end of the wall to the shock and dismay of my teammate!
I am not a competitive person. When I swam in swim meets, I wanted to do my best and support my team. So, I absolutely know and agree with Paul when he said, “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (Philippians 1:6 The MSG)
As followers of our victorious Jesus, we can all (not just the fastest!) push past the end of this life by holding onto His abundant strength, joy, and overflowing, extravagant love! Almighty God, our creator, and the Great I AM is not a God of smallness but great abundance! His very nature is abundant love and abundant care for His beloved people. Abundance is defined as overflowing fullness or abundance of the heart. I believe this is how our Father God operates! Out of the abundance in His heart for His people, He lavishes love, grace, forgiveness, strength, and provision upon us. He gives us more than we need, so we can finish our life race victoriously, with great courage and resolve!
The opposite of abundance or ampleness is lack, scarcity, shortage, poverty, want, deficiency and inadequacy. These are not from Jesus, the lover of your heart. Instead, they are from the enemy who comes to kill, steal, destroy and take away.
How the Holy Spirit Strengthens You
“I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.” (Ephesians 3:16). Your inner being, your heart, soul, and mind are strengthened by Holy Spirit living and breathing within you! He gives you a sound mind and a zeal to seek Him! The Amplified Bible says Eph. 3:16 this way, “May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self.” [indwelling your innermost being and personality]
Jesus wants you and me to have a flourishing finish to this life as He jubilantly ushers us into our next heavenly home! But, we must “push to the end.” Jesus will help us to have more than enough strength and grace to push beyond the end! So, let me encourage you to give it your all as you rely on the love, authority, and power of Jesus Christ, who did not scorn the shame of the cross. He paid it all and has enabled us to have great endurance as we walk with Him, focusing on the end result: a heavenly home where the Trinity will be! In heaven, there is only joy, celebration, love, and laughter! Hallelujah! How we praise Him!
How are you viewing your walk with Jesus? Do you depend on Him? Are you trusting Him even in the most challenging moments? Do you believe He will help you in the hardest of your relationships? Ask Jesus for help and guidance, especially when you are offended and need to offer forgiveness. He loves everyone and desires that all would come to the saving knowledge of what He did for them (and us!) on the cross.
I love Psalm 56:11 (The Passion Translation) “What harm can man do to me? With God on my side, I will not be afraid of what comes. My heart overflows with praise to God and for His promises. I will always trust in Him.”
What about when you hear rumors of wars, famine, and pestilences spoken about in Matthew 24:3-14? Let’s take a quick read through these scriptures to remind us what to expect in the last days.
3 “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the age?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no one deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that ye be not troubled, for it is necessary that all these things must take place; but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then they shall deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended and shall betray one another and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many.
12 And because lawlessness shall abound, the charity of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.”
Psalm 56:3-4 (TPT) is very helpful to memorize when fearful. “But in the day that I’m afraid, I lay all my fears before you and trust in you with all my heart. What harm could a man bring to me? With God on my side, I will not be afraid of what comes.” God IS the Champion of our life! He will help you every time you call upon Him!
The Voice translation renders Psalm 56:3 as, “When struck by fear, I let go, depending securely upon You alone.” David, when he wrote this Psalm, was being pursued ruthlessly by KingSaul.
David knew a lot about what man could try to do to him. He said courageously, “I let go. I depend on you alone, God, for my safety, my life, and very being.” David knew how to push beyond the end because he knew where his help would always come from every single time. How about you? When the giants of this life overshadow you, what do you do? Do you trust in the Lord Jesus, or do you trust in your strength, your wisdom, or cleverness? If you trust Jesus, He will help build your faith and help push you beyond the end. And, such a glorious end it will be when we see Him face-to-face! I can see us standing in His loving presence, feeling the warmth of His unconditional love. We will indeed be known for who we are. The One who gave it all will come back to get you, His holy Bride!
Matthew 4:13-14 from The Message Bible wraps up my point so well! “Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.”
As a believer, you may sense that Lord Jesus’ return is imminent. It sure seems so, as our world has gone through so many things since 2019. Many believe we live in the days leading up to the End times spoken about in the Bible. I have a sense this is what Holy Spirit whispered to my heart. Don’t just hang on, but push beyond the end! Keep showing up! Keep serving! Keep loving others the way I love you! Do not stop because you think it’s getting close to my return! Ask me for help. Ask for my endurance. I will help you go the extra mile! “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Do not just get by. You were designed by God to thrive abundantly and push to the end and beyond!
Pushing past the end in His strength and courage,
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