In this season I am stretching you. I am stretching your character as I continue to stretch your limits. I am stretching your abilities and your skills, as I continue to stretch your heart. I am stretching your mindset, requiring you to die to your ways of thinking in the past. I am stretching you in all these ways in order to prepare you for the long distance. For though there will be small challenges, and little lessons to be learned along the way, there is a much greater prize waiting for you at the finish line. There is much more at stake than just the things you see before you today, though they too are worthy. (1)
So keep in mind I am forging strength for endurance to produce a lasting impact within you. It is my desire to fully liberate your heart to follow me as you continue to love freely, without hindrance, delay, or burden. You will be free to advance without being weighed down or tethered to things that will slow you or delay you. This lasting impact will be worth the temporary pain and sacrifice you have endured, for my reward for you is great. This process of preparation is the very place I desire to bring you to, so you can taste of the fullness of all I have for you. (2)
As you find yourself in circumstances requiring more patience and stamina, know I am training you not just for today and tomorrow, but for the distant future as well. I am working to train and equip you for the things far in your future, as I continue to prepare you for the long distance race set before you.
This preparation will give you a new and different perspective of your present circumstances. As a result, you will begin to walk and understand with not only greater clarity, but greater focus. Your activities of the day will become reprioritized as your perspective continues to shift and change naturally, and gradually. Truly your focus on the future will shape your behavior in response for things of today. My strength will help you along the way to break free from habits and mindsets of your past, so you will manifest the freedom given you from things holding you back. (3)
I am adding greater focus and a greater strength to your purpose, for there is much hidden from you in these days. In the days to come you will see more and more, and will know more and more. Your understanding will grow and increase, and the things of this world will begin to fade and lose their appeal as you continue to hunger for the things of my spirit and the things I have in store for you in your distant future. (4)
So know and trust as you continue to lose your appetite for things of this world, this is the result of my spirit refining you. This is the result of my spirit moving on your heart, changing and adjusting you, as I put you into a place of greater alignment and cooperation with the destiny in store for you. So as tasks and activities lose their appeal, know this is my doing, and trust in me as I move you to greater alignment, setting you up to succeed in the days and age to come.
(1) Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 9:24
(2) James 1:4, Galatians 5:1
(3) Zechariah 4:6, Psalm 34:8, Isaiah 40:29
(4) 1 Corinthians 2:9, 1 John 2:17, 1 Corinthians 2:14