The American culture, especially in the west, has a "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" mentality. We are told to "Cowboy Up!" The power of the horse and the tenacity of the cowboy (cowgirl) can break through any barrier. While I am a strong proponent of developing rigorous discipline and fitness in one's life, the reality is that more is needed. Scripture even tells us in Psalm 33:17, "A horse is a vain hope for deliverance." Proverbs 21:31 tells us that a horse is prepared for the day of battle but victory comes from the Lord. Do we recognize that our strength comes from the Lord?
I encourage you today to take your struggles to the Lord. Lay your problems at the foot of the cross and seek God's grace, mercy, and wisdom. Pray for strength and perseverance. Ask for clarity and correct discernment. God loves us and desires to be in right relationship with us. Why do we so frequently turn away? Have you truly yearned to be with Jesus? Picture yourself watching Joseph and Mary as they sought Jesus when he was left behind in Jerusalem. They looked for him for three days. Can you imagine the intensity of the search by the third day? Have you longed for Jesus with that kind of desire and passion?
With God all things are possible. Ask for an increase of faith, hope, and love frequently. The "break through" for which you are hoping may be closer than you realize!