By Nathan Barnard
Often people commence a journey, but they do not reach their destination due to various reasons. Within the Christian walk many start, only to give up on the way because of the cost of discipleship. Furthermore, on our walk with God, we go on many journeys, as we seek to fulfil the calling and the leading of the Holy Spirit in our life. Over the years, I have observed, people start something for the Lord and never finish it. This I likened to a short journey along their walk with God. But why do we not succeed in finishing tasks/things or complete the journeys we take or more importantly the walk with God?
Recently I was contemplating these questions, asking the LORD for some clarity, during which I felt Him say. ‘They are ill prepared for the journey as they haven’t fully listened to the Holy Spirit,’ resulting in blaming HaSatan for preventing them from completing the journey and the work for the LORD. However, while HaSatan may attack and come against them, he is not all-powerful and can only do that which the LORD permits him to do. Furthermore, as believers, who are being transformed into the image of Messiah, we have the authority of Messiah, an authority which can thwart all the works of the evil one, if we humble and surrender our all to the LORD. For it is through humbling ourselves to God that we can resist HaSatan and be victorious.
We need to understand that not every problem or obstacle we face is because of HaSatan. Therefore, if we find ourselves in a situation where HaSatan is coming against us and seems to be overcoming us, we need to be still, draw near to the LORD, submit and humble ourselves to YHVH and allow Him to guide and direct us. For scripture informs us that God always provides a way out. As Messiah leads us, we must listen and follow Him. We need to ask, and there are so many questions: ‘why can I not complete this journey/task? What has gone wrong? What is preventing things from progressing? What is God revealing/saying/showing in/through this? How can I progress?’
This leads to the second reason as to why we do not complete the walk/work. God does not allow it to be completed at this time. Blaming HaSatan elevates him as it ascribes power to him that he doesn’t have. HaSatan is not greater than YHVH! However, he does seek to rob God’s people of their purpose and vision. HaSatan can only rob a believer if we let our guard down, or if we do not hold on or distrust the promises/calling/vision God has bestowed or if HaSatan has a foothold through generational curses.
So many people have told to me how God has called them to do this, that, or the other only later to say, that they could not accomplish it because of the conditions, the oppression, the attacks of the devil and many other reasons. Could it be that God did not call them, instruct them to do what they are doing in the first instance, or God may have called them, but they are doing it in the way that they choose and not how God desires? I know this may sound harsh, but the reality is true in some cases. The vision they had might be a spiritual one, but God cannot allow them to proceed because He has not sanctioned it. The answer is simple. We need to be still, draw near to the LORD, submit and humble ourselves to Him and ask Him to reveal anything we need to repent of. The process is to surrender our desires, dreams and vision to Him and ask YHVH to bless it if it lines up with His will, then wait on Him to guide and direct. We may at times be driven by our flesh, but if we repent, God can and often does use what we seek to do for His Kingdom. However, He cannot allow us to continue without checking us and drawing us close to Himself.
We also need to understand, that as we go on our Christian walk and along our various journeys, God uses our situations to refine us. Within my Christian walk, I have known many struggles and have had many obstacles to overcome. Nevertheless, one thing I have learnt is that when I am going through a difficult time, I draw close to YHVH and ask what I need to do and what does God want to teach me in this situation? Then as I humble myself to God, and seek His will, I continue, seeking His guidance. We need to comprehend this; the path we walk on is not easy, and we will face many challenges, but our lack of progress or inability to move forward is often the place where YHVH refines us if we allow Him to, thus enabling us to be overcomer’s and victorious.
The days we are living in are unprecedented times. We do and will face many obstacles. But we will overcome if we persevere. Finally, I felt the LORD show me that some people give up or do not progress because they take their eyes off Him; the vision and their calling and focus on the obstacles. In changing our focus from God, who is life, to the problem, death and doubt come into the situation. As believers we are to focus on Messiah, for He is life, truth and light in the darkness. The problem or obstacle will only bring death and hinder us. Furthermore, as we focus on the problem/obstacle, we begin to examine everything through the lens of the problem. After a time we become consumed by it, and cannot progress on our journey. Focusing on the problem will cause us to give in and not complete the walk, or fulfilling the calling on our life. The sad reality is, for some, such change in focus causes them to fall in their faith and reject God, preventing them from completing the walk of faith.
Friends, we are called to be overcomers, to complete the race/walk with God. Messiah, Himself, repeatedly encourages the churches in Revelation to be overcomers, stating that He will reward those who overcome. 
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Now, I am sure there are other reasons for things not going as we anticipated or for why people do not complete the walk and journey. What I have outlined is a reference to what I was asking YHVH regarding my reflections on a recent situation. If we audit our situation and bring our lives before God, we will see a breakthrough! Therefore, I urge that in challenging times we be still and draw near to God. You will find that He will provide a path out of the situation.
 Revelation 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death; Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it; Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations; Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels; Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name; Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne; Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.