I’ve been in one of the toughest, most intense battles of my life. I feel like flaming arrows are coming from every direction. Physically I’ve never felt worse. Emotionally, I’m one step away from the crazy house. Yet, spiritually I actually feel stronger than ever before. Put all that together and I’m a pretty hot mess. During this time, I’ve learned some very important lessons.
One, if you choose to surrender everything to God expect adversity. Satan doesn’t bother you near as much if you’re just coasting through life. He loves it when you just go with the flow of society. Yet, when you decide to let God make an above average difference through you, expect your enemy the devil to attack.
Two, in your toughest seasons you should never walk alone. The worst thing you can do during an already trying time is to play lone ranger. You desperately need others there for you, praying for you, and walking with you through this time. Walking alone drastically decreases your odds of making it to the other side.
Thirdly, your faith will grow most during crisis. None of us enjoy trials, but there is no denying this is when God does His greatest work within us. We learn to hold on when otherwise we would fall apart. We learn to trust God even when things don’t appear promising. God uses the crisis to draw us closer than ever to Himself. God uses the crisis to make our faith stronger than ever before.
Finally, I’ve learned that God is faithful. God will carry you when you feel you can’t carry on. God will bring things together even when you’re far from having it all together. God honors those who seek to honor Him. He always provides, protects, and does immeasurably more than we could ever dream or take credit for ourselves.
My battles on this earth are far from over. There will always be another valley to go through or mountain to climb. This I know for sure. God is with me, God is for me, and God will help me handle whatever comes my way.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
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