What if I told you that your promise from God is so much closer than you ever imagined?
What if there were only a few more steps left until God poured out himself in your life like rain, and saturated you with his goodness, his presence, and his promise?
For many people, this is the case.
They are waiting on God to come through on a promise for what seems like an eternity, never realizing that they are only steps away from an answered prayer, a renewed hope, or a fresh wind from God’s Spirit.
It is in this moment, just before the “dawn,” that circumstances and situations seem the darkest.
If you aren’t careful, you will give up too soon and miss out on the great things of God for your life.
This applies to individuals and to churches alike.
We must have the tenacious audacity to hold on in the face of trials and difficulty. We must be willing to weather the storms that we face and come out on the other side.
Don’t become trapped in the “Bermuda triangle” of quitting.
When you quit, you give up your chance at the promise of God that is so close to being fulfilled in your life.
It is Satan’s plan to destroy your life, that makes most people give up and quit.
Now, I’m not saying that where you are at the moment is easy. In fact, it may be the most difficult place you’ve ever been in. You may be confused about what to do next. You might not understand where God is leading you. You may be worried that you are off course.
Often, the devil will whisper to you that you are off course because he knows instinctively that if you keep going, you’ll make it through to God’s place of favor, blessing, and outpouring for you life.
So here’s the word you and I need to hear…
Stay they course.
No matter what the problem is, stay the course. No matter if it seems you’ve lost, stay the course. No matter if it feels like hell is against you, stay the course.
What we must have in our generation is a group of believers who will fight their way through to the promises of God.
You and I can be those people. We can become people who inherit the promise by simply standing our ground and staying the course.
Psalm 78:1-9 NKJV
 Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,  Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
If the generation to come is going to know the power of the God we serve, it will be because we stayed the course and did not quit. They will see us moving forward. They will hear about our story.
It will whet their appetite and stir a hunger In them for the things of God in their own life.
 For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;  That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children,  That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments;  And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
God is trying to enlarge your spirit so that he can fill you up. This is not only for your sake, but for the sake of those coming after you. We need to be people who stay the course so that our children know where to walk and know who to follow.
The only way the next generation will know to set its hope in God is that they see us follow God, not quitting, and see God come through on his promises.
 The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle.
Don’t be like the children of Ephraim.
They were armed with the weapons to go forward, but they allowed fear and sin to push them backwards.
When the battle was too hard they turned their backs.
I’m telling you, stay the course even when it looks like you are losing the battle.
Stay the course even when you’re almost dead. Better to die on the battlefield than to die retreating.
The rest of the chapter of Psalms 78 is devoted to how the children of Israel went back and forth between serving God and falling away. Many of them were destroyed for a lack of consistency.
They never fully grasped the simple truth of staying the course, but instead, constantly they wavered from right to left.
You can never go forward unless you have the fearlessness to stay the course God has set you on.
Maybe for you it is a course about your family, your children, or your spouse. For others, staying the course means enduring the ridicule of the crowd, while holding on to the promise that greater things are still to come. For many, staying the course simply means overcoming life’s problems one forward step at a time.
So how do you stay the course? What should a believer do to not quit?
Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV
 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
How do you stay the course?
You lay aside the weight and the sin.
Anything that weighs you down is something that you don’t need to hold on to. It could be negative feelings, unforgiveness, fear, or anything similar. These things are weights that will make you weary enough to turn back even when you are armed with weapons for the battle.
Actually, the more unnecessary junk we pack around with us, the less room we have for arming ourselves with weapons for the battle.
Sin will simply destroy your spirit and resolve from the inside out. So get rid of it. Sin is always a choice and never a forced action or idea. No one can make you sin. You choose it.
As the writer says, we must “run with endurance.” One step…one step…one step.
Every step matters.
Every step counts.
Every step moves you forward.
Our eyes must stay on Jesus, not the battle.
With our eyes on Jesus, we see who we really are are.
Don’t allow your situation to redefine who you are in Jesus Christ.
You are free.
You are chosen.
You are more than a conqueror.
You are anointed.
You are a child of God.
You are the righteousness of God in Christ.
Satan wants your eyes off of Jesus at any cost because when your eyes fall to the situation, the problems begin to redefine who you really are.
Looking to anything other than Jesus will distract you and skew your proper perspective.
You’ll either believe the lie that the army surrounding you is too big, or you will believe the lie that you’ve come so far on your own, and either way, these mindsets will destroy you.
Stay the course with your eyes on Jesus.
Here’s how to stay the course:
- Don’t forget what God has done in your past.
– Tell your story
– Thank the Lord for where he has brought you from.
– Encourage yourself in the Lord.
- Daily, seek the face of the Lord.
– Allow his face to encourage you.
– Allow his Spirit to fill you up.
- Keep your mind saturated with the promises of God, which have the power to strengthen your spirit and your resolve.
– Keep the word of God in front of you.
– Keep it in your mind.
– Keep it in your mouth.