If you didn’t see last week’s blog where we discussed five of the ten things some friends and I learned by doing a ten day plank challenge, you can click here and catch up first.
6. God can use something that is a struggle to bring us to a place of surrender. When we do something that seems impossible to do, a surrendered heart knows that it is not of ourselves. God, in His perfect mercy, picks us up, encourages us and floods our souls with confidence in HIS PLAN! I know that during this challenge, the comments of encouragement on the live videos cheered us on, giving us strength and confidence to keep going. It was something beyond ourselves. A surrendered life to Christ is a life beyond ourselves. Galatians 2:20 (ICB)I do not live anymore—it is Christ living in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God. He loved me and gave himself to save me.
7. There is power in accountability. Being exposed by going live on these planking videos caused us to push ourselves further. We couldn’t give up because people were watching and cheering us on. It’s the same spiritually. When we isolate and hide ourselves, we can get away with just about anything or we don’t push ourselves to pursue Christ beyond what we already know. It is easy to become complacent without accountability. Hebrews 10:24-25 (ERV) We should think about each other to see how we can encourage each other to show love and do good works. We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. This becomes more and more important as you see the Day getting closer.
8. We must push through pain and challenge our muscles. There is a difference between having pain and being injured. Athletes know they have to push through pain to gain strength. The same spiritually. Sometimes we may experience a little spiritual soreness or pain so that the Lord mold us and make us more like Him. We have to push through it so that we can strengthen our spiritual muscles. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV) In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
9. We have to let go of our fears. I would guess that ever one who accepted this challenge had fears. Fears about not being able to plank. Fears about doing a live video on Facebook. Fear of doing something new. Fear of failure or giving up. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to proceed in spite of it. Christians have a rock to hold on to when afraid. Psalm 61:2 (TLB) For wherever I am, though far away at the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help. When my heart is faint and overwhelmed, lead me to the mighty, towering Rock of safety.
10. We have to let go of our pride. The worst part of all of this for me was the live video. No do overs and sometimes no makeup! I don’t like seeing myself or hearing myself so this was a tough one for me. I had to ask myself why and it had to boil down to pride. I like to be seen at my best. I had to get over myself. It’s not about my makeup or my clothes or anything else about me. It’s all about God and what He has given us. Romans 12:3 (ERV) God has given me a special gift, and that is why I have something to say to each one of you. Don’t think that you are better than you really are. You must see yourself just as you are. Decide what you are by the faith God has given each of us.
What in your life do you need to challenge?
Is there something you don’t think you can do? How will you know if you don’t try?
Are you trying to do things on your own and you really need a support system? Encouragement is a great motivator.
Are you figuratively holding your breath, forgetting that you need the Breath of Life?
Are you living in emotional or spiritual debt and in need of a savings account of God’s truths?
Are you living with guilt or beating yourself up? These are tools of Satan. Jesus gives us peace.
Are you living a life of surrender to the Lord? The world sees surrender as a negative but God’s kingdom is opposite from the world. Surrender is strength.
Are there areas of your life in which you have become complacent? If so, find some ways to have accountability.
Are you in some kind of emotional pain? Push through. God has a plan and it’s a good one. He promises.
Are you afraid? Be courageous in spite of it.
Are you prideful? No? Guess again. We all have areas of pride in our lives. The real question is: Can you recognize them? That’s the funny thing about pride.
Biggest lesson we can learn. There is always a lesson to be learned.
Proverbs 18:15 (TLV) A discerning heart gains knowledge, the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.