IHow does that old saying go, “God gives the toughest battles to His strongest warriors.” Sometimes I think God thinks I’m a lot strong than I think I am, Lol.

But in those battles is where what we have learned from God’s word, we put into action. We hide His word in our hearts and walk them out in those times. In those battles is where we see the fruit! The good word say, by their fruit you will know them.

If you are frequently faced with trials and situations, it’s not a punishment, it’s training to prepare you for the blessings that are about to happen. Blessings don’t always mean money. Blessings can include wisdom, healing, freedom, connections, provision, support and most importantly, a deeper relationship with our God, our Abba.

When the storms come, don’t cast down your soul, instead, look up to where your help comes from. This is a hard one sometimes, but count it all joy! Instead of looking at the situation and the negatives. Look forward for the blessings. See where God spared you and protected you. We don’t always understand why certain things are allowed to happen to us, but you better believe that there is a purpose for your pain.

Each day we, as believers, we try to live out the will of God according to our purpose, according to His commands, precepts and laws. Although we are not bound by the law because of grace. The law and commands guide our lives on the hidden path, the narrow path, the path that is hard to find, the paths of righteousness.

As we move further along the narrow path, the Lord reveals Himself to us, if we are looking. He reveals the truth and those lies we’ve believed our whole life (we aren’t capable, we aren’t qualified, we aren’t smart enough, we are unworthy, we are too fat, we aren’t pretty, we are too tall, etc.) start to fall away. The closer we get to Him, the more we are filled with His truth and the natural sinful nature starts to loses its grip. We will never be perfect on this side of glory, but we can move forward in our purpose as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

We each have a race to run. But the thing is, we are not racing against one another, we are racing against ourselves. Running to be the best me/you we can be. We are all unique, being equipped to do the work God set before the foundations of the earth. There’s no room or time for competition or worldly lusts. We have been given a set amount of time to accomplish our purpose. Let’s not waste time trying to live someone else life. You are important. Your role is important.

It may sound funny, but I always say, I put on my horse blinders and stay in my lane. Any time I’ve ever tried to look over or concern myself with what’s going on in someone else’s lane, I miss a turn in mine. As the body of Christ, we all have a part to live. Let us do our best, with the gifts and roles He has given that we all may be complete lacking no good thing!

“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭12:27‬ ‭

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:11-16‬

When I came to Christ and started to learn and gain understanding, wisdom and discernment, I received many rude awakenings.

I was so full of the desire to do whatever it took to be closer to the Lord. I would pray and say, “have Your way, Lord.” What I didn’t know was, I was giving God permission to break me. I was giving God authority to put me through things that I really didn’t know, understand or ever even thought about. You see, in order for God to have His way in me, I had to be broken (of self) and experienced (in His truth, His ways). Because our brokenness and experience is what He uses.

God allows us to endure certain things so that we can grow, be strengthened, to be broken of our (selfishness) flesh so that we may be used by God for His glory. When you ask God to use you, when you ask Him to draw nearer to us, we must be mindful of what that could look like, it’s not always the same. And it’s not always out of joy and convenience that we draw near to Him and are used by Him. Sometimes it’s out of total disparity we draw near. Sometimes it’s in absolutely pain when He uses us. Don’t be discouraged by this, just fall into the arms of the Lord. It’s all for the glory of the Lord. Nothing is wasted.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:18, 28-30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Also read:

Romans 8:18-30

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Zephaniah 3:17

Isaiah 43:1-7