Don’t Back Up

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Matthew 14:15 “And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.”

One of the situations I commonly faced when I became a pastor was the mindset of backing up when difficulties arose. For instance, if a Sunday school teacher was sick, some would suggest merging the two classes for that Sunday. There were other times when one of the bus captains or bus drivers was not able to attend that someone would suggest merging two routes. My answer to both of these situations was never to merge, but to find someone else to step in and fill the gap so that we don't go backward.

When you start going forward by faith, you will find that Satan will always give you an opportunity to take a step backward. That step backward may have nothing to do with unbelief, but it may have everything to do with a difficulty you are facing that you don't see the way through it. Once you get a faith-forward momentum going, you must never lose that momentum by taking a step backward because you may never get that momentum again.

In the verse above, the disciples went to Jesus and told Him that he needed to send the multitudes away because they were in a desert place where there was not enough food to feed this massive crowd. Jesus answered this faithless proposition in the next verse by saying, “They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” Jesus was teaching the disciples the critical principle of the ministry that the answer is not to back up because of opposition or difficulties, but the answer is to go forward by faith and find a way to overcome these difficulties or obstacles.

If God is going to use you mightily, you must acquire the mindset that forward is the only direction you will take no matter what you face. Faith brought you to the difficulty you face; therefore, faith has a way through it or over that difficulty if you don't go backward. Never accept the easy way out by going backward. Always remember that God knew what you would face when you started forward by faith, and you must determine to keep going forward.

Moreover, when you face the insurmountable on the pathway of faith, ask God for His wisdom to show you how to overcome it. If God led you by faith to the insurmountable, He has a way to help you overcome it; you just need to ask Him what is the way through it. Insurmountable with man is God’s opportunity for a miracle if man keeps moving forward by faith. Never let the impossibility of what you face determine the outcome. God led you where you are, so He has a way through it.

Furthermore, you must never stop the faith-forward momentum you have established. It is easy to back up, but once you back up, you lose the momentum it took to get you that far by faith. My friend, never let backwards be an option. Find the way in your desert place to see God do the miraculous by continuing to move forward by faith.

What do you do when you are faced with difficulties? Do you opt to go backward because it is easier, or do you find a way forward through the difficulty? If faith-forward is your only choice every time, you will keep the momentum going forward and continue to see the power of God working through you and your ministry.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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