When we speak of creating an environment where the Kingdom of God can manifest in our lives (according to Luke 17:21 the Kingdom of God lives in us) there is a place where we must be determined to keep pursuing the vision that God has given us until it is manifest.
Many people give up far too easily when things don’t go their way, or when trouble hits, or when there is a delay, or when somebody says something against us, or it looks impossible, or when difficulty persists, or whatever comes our way.
These things understandably get us down but the key to living in victory and the fulfillment of the vision that God has given us is to learn how to be persistent and not to give up.
I heard a story about a little boy who was in church with his mother and he had so much energy, he just could not be still. In fact, he kept standing up on the seat. His mother said, “Son, sit down.” He’d sit down a few seconds, then he’d get right back up. She’d gently reprimand him again, “Son, I said sit down!” This happened several times, and then the little boy stood up and simply would not sit down. His mother took her hand, put it on his head and pushed him down onto the seat. The boy sat there smiling, finally, he looked at his mother and said, “Mom, I may be sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing on the inside!”
Sometimes that’s what we have to do in life. Our circumstances may force us to sit down for a while, but we must not stay down. Even when we are sitting down on the outside, we must see ourselves as standing on the inside. Ephesians 6:10-11 tells us we must be strong and that we must stand. It is a mindset of strength and victory that reflects the Kingdom of God which lives in us.
I heard of a man who had lost his job. He was making a good salary in a prestigious position but was suddenly let go. When he came to see his pastor he was as happy as could be. He had a big smile on his face, and said, “pastor, I just lost my job but I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next!”
He had been knocked down by his circumstances outside his control, but he was still standing up on the inside like that little boy in church. The point is: a victor’s mindset that never gives up reflects faith that releases the Kingdom of God in a person’s life. That’s the same mindset we must create – one that never gives up. This releases the faith for the miracle to manifest.
Jesus himself teaches us about the kind of mindset that never quits. In Luke 18: 1-8 he tells of the parable of how a woman persisted in knocking on the door of a judge that would not give her justice. But because of her persistence she got it.
Jesus was making a point. He was saying that there is truly spiritual forces working against us and it might be that we have to persist to get a breakthrough.
And so we must develop a persistent and victorious mindset no matter what happens or how long it takes. This releases the faith through which your miracle can manifest. Do you need a miracle? Then persist until the breakthrough comes.