God is always actively working, even when we don’t see it. As we faithfully seek His strength and direction, He is busy aligning every situation to produce an end result that magnifies the things He wants to do in our lives.
The key to opening ourselves up to God’s blessings is diverting our attention from the things around us (our circumstances) and focusing our gaze squarely on the Lord.
To usher in this “new thing” God is doing in your life, you must resist the anxiety that often comes with trials and allow your faith to grow. God is preparing you for more! He’s creating a fertile bed so the new things He has planned for your life will grow in abundance.
We are hard-wired to survive. When we sense danger, fight or flight causes the adrenaline to flow and all systems to react. It’s an immediate reaction to the situation.
But when we face a season of trials, it can feel more like a marathon. Fight or flight does more damage in this case, when it persists over time. These are the times where God wants us to grow and seek His will. Running from that will deny us of the blessings He has for us.
Don’t run from a season wrought with trials. Attempt to embrace them and pray for God’s strength to weather them with patience. When you successfully do so, God will certainly reward you!
Think about this; the God who created all things is working for you, every minute of every day!
Every blessing we have; our jobs, our homes, our families, every good thing, comes from God. The minute we start believing we are the authors of our blessings, we’ve removed God from His thrown and dared to sit in His seat.
Be thankful for all God has done for you by giving Him the thanks He deserves!
There’s something that happens to the heart of a believer once he or she asks Jesus to be the Lord of their life. As we relinquish control over to Him and are filled with the Holy Spirit, we begin to change. Subtle as it may be, this process continues throughout the span of our lives.
I’ll be the first to admit, my heart gets obliterated far more than it ever did prior to committing to a relationship with Christ. He’s molded me to care and have compassion for things I would have most likely avoided or ignored prior.
Allow God to mold you and guide you toward those who need His love most!
Routines give us comfort. We have certain habits we perform daily, and that gives us comfort. It’s when our routine is interrupted by difficult circumstances that our world can be turned on it’s head.
A crisis shakes up the routine and throws expectations out the window. It’s disorienting and difficult to know what to do.
This is the time it’s pertinent to take an assessment, like Nehemiah did, of your situation before you allow anxiety and fear to overtake you.
God says, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5). God has your back. Trust-fall into His waiting arms, He will give the strength needed to rise above your emotions and be victorious!
It’s so simple to become weak in our faith. What I mean by this is, we get so used to simply “being Christians”, that our faith goes from a raging fire to being only glowing embers.
When trials come, it’s like being a 90-pound weakling stepping up to dead-lift a 500-pound barbell. You will quickly realize you haven’t properly trained for the task, your strength is too small.
Chase after God! Chase after the wisdom you’ll need to be fully prepared for trials when they come! Cultivate that relationship with the Holy Spirit so you can call in Him for the strength required to take you through to victory!
When we enter a challenging season it’s important to seek God, to ask for His help, His strength, and His guidance.
We also need to immerse ourselves in God’s Word. In doing that, we need to focus on portions of the Bible that relate to our plight. For instance, Job was a man who faced great trials, coming through them because of God’s provision.
Being faithful through trials will require a healthy support-system of reading God’s Word, prayer, and putting all of it into practice. In this we learn how to have patience, how to wait, and how God works. We build up our faith-muscles. When God causes breakthroughs and finally victories, your faith will be rewarded.