What if the fire you are going through was built for your benefit? What if shortcomings are ultimately designed to help to in the long-run? What if that thorn in your side was designed to keep you at the feet of the father? What if The storm was made to give you peace?
8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. – Acts 9:8-9 NLT
Hello family, When God is moving us from one stage of our life to the next, He may put us in a holding pattern. There are some things that he needs to pull out of us so we can step into the next season ready to take full advantage of it.
Has God given you a vision? (he has one for all of us). He has shown you your purpose or promised you something. And you say “ok Lord hit me with it!” But instead of dropping that purpose or promise right in your lap, God goes “Mr.Han” on you and tell you to take you jacket on then off.
Im sure it was not very fun for the karate kid to put a jacket on and then off when he was expecting to become a trained martial artist. And I’m sure it was not fun for Saul (soon to be Paul) be blind and not eat or drink for three days. But that just it! The process it not designed for our entertainment or enjoyment. The process is meant for our progress, for our humbling, for our strengthening. God had to temporally take Saul’s sight so he could see where he truly stood. God had to break Saul’s earthly greatness to show him what true greatness is.
It is only after we have gone through the process we see the need for the process. If Mr Han had put Dre in a completion on day one the boy would have been whipped. The same with us, if God dropped our promise or purpose in our laps on day one we would self-destruct. The process is not for our entertainment, the process is for our progress.
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT
Hello family, pain and discomfort. These are things we would rather not deal with. If we could we would love to put it all in a box and toss it away. But pain is necessary, discomfort is needed to move us forward in God and life.
When i encounter a painful or discomforting situation my first reaction is to get away from the source of it as quickly as possible. If i cannot get away from the source my next move is to block it out or suppress the pain i am feeling. We live in a world that is focused on finding ways to eliminate pain and discomfort. This world is focused on being as comfortable and pain free as possible.
This can be dangerous. How else do we know that there is something wrong. If you twisted your ankle but never felt pain then you would do even more damage because we won’tfell the pain from the damage letting us know there is something terribly wrong. God will allow us to be discomforted and challenged in our spiritual walk. We must not back down, but we press in and ask God to show us what is wrong and what does he need us to do.
Many lessons in life are learned not in the safety of books and the classroom but out on the battlefield. When we apply the basics we learned in the classroom. God will step us up another level without taking us back into the classroom. Every lesson will not be easy breezy as a matter of fact each lesson will be more and more challenging. They are designed to draw us to our heavenly father to get instruction from Him then go out into the field and apply it so we can gain experience.
We will get some scars and fail some test. We then learn from that experience and use it as a stepping stone to the next level. Pain and Discomfort are not our enemies, they are tools for our success!