Tuesday, August 11, 2009
It is ironic that I read the following from Weekly Wisdom, as it so clearly describes how I am feeling today.
Last Monday, I proclaimed that 3 years was long enough for my self imposed pity party. I claimed that I was healed. God had delivered me from so many obstacles and shown himself so real in my life. Why do I chose to worry about my weight? my hair? my finances? my relationships? my health? It is truly a waste of time and it diminishes the joy that God has set aside for each and every one of us. In saying this, and reading the following, I understand why the last 7 years of my life has been so challenging. I now realize it was my Trial! I was misunderstood in thinking, God is putting me through a test, in actuality , God was allowing me to go through a trial to strengthen me and to draw me closer to him. Praise God , today, I am so much stronger than I ever realized I could be, I have endured so many hardships, so many disappointments, however I still love, I still trust, and I will forever trust in God's ability to bring me out victorious no matter what. So Today, I encourage you my friends, embrace the trials in your life, I am a witness that yes you will survive and you will not only become a better person for it, your relationship with God will be stronger, tighter, unshakable. His love will sustain and remain with you no matter what storms of life are sent your way. Be Blessed:
A breakthrough requires a trial to break through.
It would be nice to simply wake up one day and suddenly be a mature Christian, but in order to grow up in God, we will have to go through trials. There is no other way to grow strong spiritually than to go through trials.
1 Peter 5:10 says, And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. You may not like trials, but this verse says that when you are going through trials after you have suffered a little while, you will grow to be firmly rooted and grounded (strong, firm and steadfast) in God.
Similarly, James 1:12 says, Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. Here again, you don't get the rewards (the crown of life) until you have persevered under trial and stood the test.
So, learn to be thankful in your trials, because in order to get your breakthrough, you need a trial to break through.
Therefore, don't be discouraged during times of suffering. Know that after you have suffered a little while, God himself will make you strong firm and steadfast.