Kathy — I think we sometimes mistake tenacity for faith. Tenacious means extreme persistence; relentless or enduring. Tenacity is awesome for getting and keeping the Word in our thinking so it can be an overriding priority in our lives, but tenacity is not faith. Tenacity is not our goal but it is a powerful element of getting to the goal. Our goal is faith, a confident, unshakeable knowing. If faith becomes a matter of tenacity and strain, we’ve simply stopped short of the goal. The mark of reaching and standing in faith is rest.
Melissa — As we move forward with tenacity and God frustrates the devices of the wicked, we will each begin to see our place in the upcoming future. Let me go a little farther regarding this place we will hold by mentioning the wealth transfer in Proverbs 13:22 that’s about to get real! I’ve heard about the wealth transfer from sinner to the just all of my life, but I’ve never seen it like I do now. The reason the rest of this year is so important is because the great wealth transfer is not about someone just handing money to us. It’s about taking the place of the wicked and possessing the land for the Kingdom of God. Remember those seven mountains we have talked about for years? It’s about us taking the empty spots on those mountains after God deals out Job 5:12. Those that fought at Iwo Jima were part of the generation that has been labeled “The greatest”. Let’s be tenacious and lay hold of the grace that is readily available to us to be the greatest Kingdom generation yet!
Melissa — There is something big shifting that requires us to move forward inch-by-inch as God directs. It’s about being restored to take possession. There are things that each of us have been created to lay our hands to and we are about to be called up. As we move forward with tenacity and God frustrates the devices of the wicked, we will each begin to see our place in the upcoming future. Just take rest in knowing you don’t have to have it all figured out and on track in the next 24 hours. Just simply start with realizing that He is the One that restores your soul and leads you in paths of righteousness.
Melissa — I feel something big churning as of late. I do know that some of it is about the decade, but more importantly I believe this discernment is about getting ready for the rest of 2020. I believe that the latter part of 2020 is very significant to how we enter the rest of the decade. As I write this I see a picture of the American flag being raised by brave Marines at Iwo Jima during World War II. In researching this battle this statement stuck out, “The battle was won by the inch-by-inch tenacity of the foot soldier,” (Iwojima.com). 2020 will be won “by the inch-by-inch tenacity of the foot soldier,” right now. For those that struggle with an all-or-nothing drive, (like me) the statement “inch-by-inch tenacity” can be almost devastating. I really prefer a battle being done in a one-glorious-moment tenacity! Here’s the thing with the remainder of 2020, the inch-by-inch is going to lead to many glorious moments in the coming years. (This is the first excerpt from Melissa’s article “Something Churning”.)