Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Hang on! You ARE Going To Make It!
Do you ever feel like you are fighting a battle that you just cannot win? Do you ever struggle with something and feel that you have it all under control and just out of the blue you realize you don't have it under control? Those moments are tough, aren't they? I have been there for the past several days and it has been hard but I understand every single one of us is fighting some kind of battle....every single one of us. Our battles may be different but what they bring remains the same - pain, hurt, torture. Sometimes it leads us to anger and sometimes it leads us to depression and sometimes it leads us to just plain self-pity.
Let me encourage you that if you are having a setback know that God has almost led you to your victory. It is always the hardest just before the dawn of the trial. Satan knows that you are so close in winning your battle that he is fighting you the hardest. DO NOT QUIT! DO NOT GIVE UP! And, more importantly, DO NOT GIVE IN to Satan's lies and deceit!
God never promised our lives would be easy. He just promised us that if we followed Him and His ways that it would all be worth it! He knew we would have battles and trials along the way. Here are some verses to prove this:
1 Peter 4:12-13: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
God knows all - the beginning to the end and this trial that you are going through right now is no surprise to Him. What matters is how we handle the trial. When you go through a trial, it is your time to prove your faith in God. He is always there, through every situation that we encounter, but He will not come in to our situation until we invite Him. He is there, by your side at this very moment......waiting for you to invite Him in to your situation so He can come in and make all things new again. But you have to take the first step.
We may not see the purpose of the trial but God is molding our lives into what it should be. When He does the molding it is ALWAYS painful but He promises us joy afterwards. We all need to be molded from time to time and through the fiery trials we must go but always remember - look how coal has to be heated in such a fiery way before it is ever produced into a diamond. If the coal would have cracked during the intense fire it would have just shattered and became nothing, pieces would be lost...but the coal continues to endure the fire and, in the end, it turns out to be a beautiful shining diamond!
So, will today be your day that you say "It's okay. I AM going to make it"?