Coming to the final month of this year, maybe you’re a little weary. You didn’t get as far in 2022 as you had hoped. Your progress isn’t as great as you had planned. You’re disappointed that your reality doesn’t measure up to your goals for this year. I don’t know, maybe you didn’t show up like you should have. Maybe you got lazy. Maybe you gave up. Maybe life happened and there wasn’t a lot you could do about it.
Regardless, coming to the end of a year with a bit of disappointment makes it really hard to get excited about the potential of a brand new one on the way. But God has asked me to give you a shot of adrenaline in your soul. Are you ready for your Holy PepTalk to walk into the final month of this year with renewed resolve, supernatural strength, and fired up faith?
Oh girl, we’re about to build some momentum here! We’re about to move through where the enemy hoped he would get you stuck! We’re about to step on up when the thief planned for you to step down.
Put your white flag of surrender away. SIS, YOU’RE NOT GIVING UP HERE!!!!! You won’t be surrendering what God has given you. You won’t surrender this seed of hope growing within you. You won’t surrender the energy God has supplied you. You won’t surrender a desire to live up to your potential and thrive in the good plans your creator has for you. There will be no white flags waving here!
A fully surrendered life to God strips us of all white flags of giving up and letting the enemy win. WE DON’T GIVE UP! WE DON’T QUIT! WE DON’T LOSE HOPE! THAT’S NOT WHO WE ARE!
We look to Jesus who Hebrews 12:2 describes as “the author and finisher of our faith.”
Jesus showed us how to face every hardship, struggle and trial in life, and never give up. He is the author of our faith. The pioneer. The one who made the way and leads us today. And he is the finisher of our faith. The power is in his hands to make all things happen. Everything we’re believing in, everything we’re hoping for, everything we have prayed for, is all in his nail scarred hands and he can finish it. It’s through our faith that he guides us to make the choices and take the next steps to finish this.
Finish what … every single good thing God has started within us. And you know what that includes … that includes this year!
God is calling you to finish this in faith! Show up with your best and use all he has given you to live up to your potential and make Jesus known.
The temptation is to wave the white flag of surrender and give up on this year.
So, it didn’t happen in 2022, maybe 2023 will be different. Honey, NOTHING CHANGES UNTIL YOU DO.
It’s insanity to keep doing the same things and expect something different. It’s also insanity to keep avoiding the same things and expect something different. You know if you avoid your kitchen sink, the dirty dishes are still going to be there tomorrow. Then guess what, if you keep avoiding that sink, there will be even more dirty dishes. It doesn’t just go away. It doesn’t just get better.
God’s not into snapping his fingers and making everything better. He’s into equipping you with energy, strength, and wisdom to finish this in faith! Girl, you have no idea the progress you could make in the final month of this year. You have no idea the momentum you could create starting today to take you further than you’ve ever been before. This is what God has given you the potential for, now he’s asking you to use it! Use it now to finish this year in faith and start your new year better than you are today.
You’re growing weary. You’re hearing the whispers that tell you December is busy and there won’t be time for you to invest in what God is calling you to. You’re believing the lies that tell you waiting until “later” will be better. NO!
Proverbs 6:4 “Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.”
But we really like rest, don’t we. We’re already thinking more rest will be required for a holiday that’s still 26 days away. Girl, why you be treating Jesus’ birthday like some huge task you have to work your way through? You’re doing Christmas wrong if you think December will require an abundance of rest days. Stop focusing on unimportant busy things. Stop piling on the crazy. Stop being lazy. God’s word says STOP PUTTING IT OFF. DO IT NOW!
You’re counting on a new year with new energy, new time, new strength, and new motivation to come … but what if you don’t have more time then? Are you going to use the excuse of being too busy forever? What if that new energy, new strength and new motivation only comes through the momentum you have been given the opportunity to build here now? For real, what if you waving the white flag of surrender on the rest of this year and giving up, forfeits the energy, strength and motivation God had in the offering for you in 2023?
The author and the finisher of your faith wants to show you how it’s done. Take a look at his journey. Did he give up when it got hard? Did he sit it out when he was frustrated? Did he quit when others quit? No! So think about this, what would Jesus do here? Really, how would Jesus finish this year of life with the final month? Do you think he would opt for extra rest since Christmas is busy? Do you think he would write it off as hopeless because it’s almost over? Do you think he would wait for January, hoping it would somehow magically be different?
OR DO YOU THINK HE WOULD BE FAITHFUL WITH EVERY OPPORTUNITY, FOLLOW THROUGH ON THOSE COMMITMENTS, AND BUILD POSITIVE MOMENTUM TO FINISH WITH FAITH?
Hebrews 12:2-3 MSG “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”
And there it is, that adrenaline for your soul. Just when you were slowing down. Just when you were tempted to give up. Just when you had talked yourself into waiting until January to give your best effort. Jesus reminds us to look at how he did it. He finished what he started. There was no surrender to take the easy way. There was no giving up because others were giving up. He never lost sight of where he was heading!
Honey, don’t lose sight of where God is leading you. He is leading you to a big, full life which Jesus came to give you. He is leading you to purpose greater than you could possibly imagine. He is leading you to good plans he had for you since before he knit you together in your mother’s womb. He is leading you to an eternity that is guaranteed to make all of this well worth it! And you’re going to go through some hard times. There will be struggles. There will be setbacks. You will be discouraged. You will be disappointed. You will feel like giving up, but God says MOVE FORWARD TODAY!
Now is not the time for you to quit. Finish this year in faith. Build momentum to run into 2023 with courage and confidence, knowing God has given you the strength to get through anything that comes your way.
You just received your adrenaline shot into your soul, now do something with it!