Philippians 4:13. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.  

Taking new ground in your life without upgrading your intimacy with God is like climbing a higher mountain and using that old climbing rope… Don’t fall for it. In life, we will experience many new phases of growth. Could be starting a new business career, relationship, or ministry calling; could be anything really. The problem with most new ventures is that we bring the existing intimacy we currently have with God to the new, more intense, more demanding space. A quick glance at our current relationship with God may reveal our Word time is sporadic, our conversations with God are becoming recycled, and our acuity to access and engage with the spirit of God is dull and in need of sharpening. Unfortunately when taking new territory, the idea of improving our relationship with God to match the new challenge rarely enters our minds, if at all. The result is we wind up burned out before we begin, (utilizing old software if you will for a new future.) The new thing we were so excited about becomes a burden it was never meant to be. To sustain the demands of taking new ground, we must move our spiritual disciplines and our intimacy with God to an entirely new level of commitment. We can boldly engage in any new vision or venture as long as our relationship with God is robust enough for the advance. Dean Del Sesto


The question is: Is your current intimacy with God strong enough for where you are, and will you bring it to a new level for where you’re going?