The life of a Christian must be one of ongoing forward motion. We must always be growing, developing and transforming. Stagnation and plateau are not from the Lord. The lies of the enemy promote such things. From the beginning, the enemy has been insisting that we believe the lie that we are in no need of God and our condition is in no need of transformation and change. But we are. Jesus Christ did not come to affirm our present condition. He came to correct it. He came to heal it. He came to mend what was broken. The Kingdom of God is near! Repent and believe in the good news! It is inevitable that we will be hard-pressed on every side in this world. However, it is a promise that the Kingdom of God is with us in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is with us to defend us, comfort us and bless us. It is inevitable that our sinful nature will fight to the very end insisting that we are in no need of correction and change. However, the Holy and Living God is calling us to a new life, to be reborn and remade in the image of his Son, Jesus. It is inevitable that the enemy will persistently disrupt our joy with trials, suffering, grief and hardship. However, the good news is not that we will flourish in this life but that in Jesus our presence with him in his Kingdom for eternity is made all the more sure through such things. Defend the truths of the Gospel in your life. Protect them and foster them. Read them, speak them, sing them, meditate on them, share them, and proclaim them in all that you do. Never stray from knowing the Gospel and sharing in the suffering and glory of Jesus Christ.