The Lord will never put too much on you than what you can bear. See it as an honor that he can trust you to handle whatever it is that you’re going through. Your process and challenge was not meant to drain you mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically. Allow him to replenish and restore your strength, for the joy of the LORD shall be your strength.
Every time when you feel that it’s too much, just remember it will work for your good. It may feel unfair but what he wants to see is: Are you going to stand on his word or are you going to stand on your feelings and what it looks like? Even if it has been years, he wants to see what direction you will go towards.
Will you stick with him although in the natural it appears like you are you are coming in last place? Will you leave and turn away because you want convenience and is willing to compromise to get what you want instead of waiting? Don’t allow frustration to overtake you. Your pain and suffering has purpose and if you want the LORD’s best, then you must be willing to go through what you have to in order to receive it. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS!
Shortcuts lead to demise, destruction and to a dead-end. Short-term benefits will not be worth it in the long run. Remember that you can handle this. Just breathe. It will get better along the way. Your patience, obedience and faithfulness will pay off at the end. The best is still on the way. You will come out on the top. The best is in-store for you. You have not seen your best life yet. You can handle this!
It is written in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”.
The word magnify can be defined as to make (something) appear larger than it is, especially with a lens or microscope. You can be on the right road and not feel like it. The devil will try to give you an illusion on how “everyone” is so much ahead of you. You can actually be on the right road and path, but there are people who are secretly insecure who will try to “boost” themselves up to make it appear as if you’re the one that’s doing something wrong. Here is where the illusion sets in, you can be headed in the correct direction that your supposed to be in, but someone can make a false impression about how things are going for them in order to attempt to make you feel less than. The truth is that they have to magnify (not in confidence) who they are, because they are the ones who are unhappy and broken within.
Be comfortable in knowing who you are. The devil will always try to twist and distort the meaning of God’s word. He attempted to do the same thing to Jesus when he was walking in the wilderness. He twist Eve’s perception on the tree of knowledge by lying. If he doesn’t deceive you by words or temptation, then he will deceive you by painting a false narrative and perspective. He will try to turn the truth into a lie and a lie into the truth. When you don’t have something that you desire at the moment, the devil will maximize it to make it look greater than what it really is or what it appears.
Watch out for that Magnifying glass of deceit. The devil will always try to make you believe that you are missing out on whatever it is that you don’t have yet. Sometimes, we put greater emphasis and size things up to a greater extent, because we don’t have it right now. We tend to forget that there is a major difference between reality vs an idea. (Sometimes reality vs illusion). The reality of what we want before its time will come with consequences, sorrows, and many cost along the way. We may not feel the way that we think we will feel, once we are actually in the situation. (Or rebelling by taking matters into our own hands).
Remember that the enemy will try to gloss up what you don’t have and will promise that the grass is greener, when really he will just promise glitter. He will highlight and maximize anything you don’t have to make it appear bigger and more. Please do not fall into this snare and trap. For example, how many people rush into marriage because it was something that they currently don’t have. (Nothing wrong with the desire, but when we do not love ourselves nor have the peace and contentment within us, then it will appear as if it’s something we need in order to be fulfilled which becomes an idol). Wait your time. The LORD rewards those who waits patiently and faithfully for him.
Remember that whatever it is that you want, is always going to seem like it is more than what it really is because don’t you have it. This could apply to finances, career/job promotions or any form of elevation in life. Be cautious to not get so caught up into what you don’t have. Use this time as preparation for this is a training grounds. Do not fall prey to an illusion that will not cause fulfillment. Only Jesus can completely fulfill us. Allow everything in your life to fall in place. He will reward those who stay diligently seeking him. as well as those who continue to endure until the end. The devil will always make something appear the opposite of what it is. Do not fall of for the magnifying glass of deceit.
It is written in Proverbs 11:13 – “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them”.
Discernment is very important to have in this day and age. It’s a precious gift from God. With so much chaos going on in the world, this is not a time to be sleep. We must be on guard at all times. Don’t allow your pride to deceive you in handling things your way. God always knows how to handle things better than we do. (That includes vengeance) Satan is very crafty. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. Always stay in prayer, even when you don’t feel like it or have to. Mathew 26:40-41 says, And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
This scripture is interesting because it always surprised me on how people can be sleeping in the presence of Jesus. Are you sleeping when God is calling you to pray, fast and obey? Are you sleeping when you hear his voice of instruction? Sleep can cause you to miss out on the biggest blessing that can come your way. Wake up and arise! For you must be prepared and ready for what’s on the way. His strength and power will keep you in perfect peace.
You are who you think you are. The bible says as so a man thinketh, so is he. If you think you are going to make it, you will. If you think the opposite, then so shall it be. You will always go in the direction of your thinking. What thoughts and seeds are you planting in your mind? In order to move forward, some of us need a new mindset if we are going to the next level. Without a new mind, we are not able to receive the things that God has in store for us. Our thinking is so important that it determines how far we can go in life. Excuses and justifications are hindrance to the soul. They are limitations placed upon you. Remove all of the heavy armor, weights and burdens off of your thinking. Not only will you feel better, but you will live better. Think about the process when you are getting a room in your house renovated. The old material must go in order to make room for the new. The same applies to your thinking. You must make room for the new. The old thinking must go. The only thing thats holding some people back is their mindset. Renovate your thinking so you are able to go further in God. With God there is nothing that will hold you back. Renew mind, vision and life.
Numbness is dangerous in the natural as well as in the spiritual. In the natural, if numbness is not treated, that part of the body can become infected. So many people are spiritually paralyzed. The ability to feel is a powerful experience and blessing. God has given us emotions not to be led by them but to worship him. Emotions are blessing and not a curse. Emotions can be sometimes be interpreted as being weak. So many people run from their emotions and become numb. Some people have shut themselves off completely and hardened their hearts. This makes it difficult to not receive or enact on what God is saying to your spirit. This can create a sense of pride and block your healing and deliverance. Numbness can rob you of the experience of joy, love, happiness and peace. (Fruits of the spirit). The ability to feel is a wonderful thing because your able to process what’s going on in your mind and heart. Emotions can develop encouragement that will not allow the past experience of pain to keep you numb. Don’t allow people to steal your joy, glow, energy and colorful personality. You are not a robot. Another great thing about the ability to feel is the reminder that your conscience has not left you. Your conscience is a valuable treasure from God which protects you.
The worst thing that God can do to anyone is to take away their conscience. Repentance is a gift from God. When you do not have the desire to repent or feel any conviction, you are a dead man walking.
Numbness blocks off your conscience and your ability to “see” clearly. Keeping your guard up can prohibit discernment and prevent you from enjoying the fullness of life. Numbness can prevent covenant relationships that could enter into your life. While it’s important to guard your heart’s affections do not allow anyone or anything to turn you into something you’re not. (cold or mean-spirited) God can fix any broken heart and sometimes he will test you to see if you truly believe him. Whether it’s a hostile work, school or home environment, do not give anyone or anything no form of power. Dust it off. Why dim your light? You are more than a conqueror. The sun will always rise again. Joy shall cometh in the morning. Do not shut your feelings off, it allows you to be human and effective for the kingdom of God. Embrace your emotions.
What do you have to gain by giving up? There is always a time when quitting looks good. In my personal life, there were times when I thought about quitting college, jobs and other personal achievements and endeavors. Finishing makes it worth it. There is nothing like finishing. The obstacles makes the success greater to enjoy. Pain and process can create some impressive results for God ways are mysterious.
Stay committed until the end. Put your all into everything you do. (Even when your all seems to fall short). Mediocrity does run in your DNA. You are held to a higher standard. You live in the world but are not of the world. Stop waiting on the approval and validation from other people to tell you that you’re great. You must encourage yourself. Go forth and rise up! It’s important to run your race. No one else’s. You have a different calling and assignment. He has set you a part. Commitment should not be driven by feelings. Commitment is showing up when you don’t feel like it. It runs deeper than loyalty. It requires discipline, honor and obligation. It requires getting back up when you’re fallen down. It takes a spirit of courage and wisdom. It’s take more than dedication and determination. It takes the spirit of a true champion and over comer. There are a few people in this world who have the spirit of commitment. Commitment displays your character and how far you can go. Don’t quit. The best is yet to come. Your best days are in front of you and not behind you. Put God over all that you do. Stay true and faithful to him. His word shall never return void. He shall honor your commitment, for he will reward you openly for what you do in secret. Can he trust you drop it all for his sake? Commit yourself unto him. He will protect you through it all. He will always preserve his best. Remain faithful even until the end.
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