The Path to the Promise Part 2
There will be seasons that you feel like all hell is breaking loose against you. Though these times can be very difficult in the natural, God uses it to reveal what's really on the inside of us. It's easy to reflect His nature when things are good, but your true character, strengths and weaknesses are revealed when pressure is applied.
His desire is to bring about growth and stability to our lives. Have you ever been around adults who have always been pampered? When opposition comes against them, they completely fall apart. They were never given the tools to help them cope with problems. God's not looking to raise spoiled brats, but strong, courageous, and powerful warriors who have the ability to combat and defeat the enemy on every level!
He doesn't bring difficulties to destroy you, but He uses them to mold you into a person who is full of faith and no longer moved by circumstances. One who will hold on to the promises of God with tenacity and worship Him regardless of what they see or experience. They thrive in the midst of the storm! A people who are strong, powerful and not intimidated by the enemy!!
Don't run from the trial but run to Jesus so that nothing you are going through will be wasted! It will all be used for your growth, a testimony, and the perfecting of your faith!
Psalms 27:14 (TPT) Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!
James 1:2-4 (TPT) My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.
James 1:6-8 (TPT) Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next. When you are half-hearted and wavering, it leaves you unstable. Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition?