When God has place a special calling upon your life and when he has blessed you with the crown of favor, can you handle the opposition that will come with it? With every opportunity comes with opposition. There are challenges that comes with being chosen. Some people will do anything to tear you down. (Sometimes even the people closest to you, take Joseph for example) It is an indication that God has selected and hand-picked you as his own. It is an honor from God. Hate, envy, and bitterness are spiritual cancers that has the power destroy blessings. Are you strong enough to deal with the conflict and challenges of being hated for no reason? Are you able to brush off the dust of betrayal, rejection, lies and deceit? It takes the spirit, strength & wisdom of God to stand in the midst of the battle that’s not yours. Everything does not deserve your attention, time and energy. Do not give them any power. You are on another level. When the hand of God is upon your life, a response is not necessary. It will all be taken care of in due time. Real discipline is not giving into your feelings. Allow God to be your vindicator over ALL situations. He will show you what to do in the midst of pressure. Trust in him who will never fail or forsake you. Through trails and persecutions, he shall always be there even until the end of time.
God can always fix what’s been broken. He is the ultimate restorer and healer. He can restore everything that you lost. Your experience will never be wasted. Everything will come together for the good. That means every mistake, wrong doing and trial will be used for your advantage to glorify his kingdom. It is written in Joel 2:25 that I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. He can restore back your joy, health, dreams, relationships and finances. He can restore the years of drought into the years of plenty. Your experiences are never about you. It’s about helping someone else to become set free from the same challenges that you endured. God will always use what you been through as a testimony to others. Open your mind, heart and spirit to receive him today. He shall give you double for the trouble. He shall give you beauty for your ashes.
Before the foundations of the world, God had already planned out your life. Do not stress the details or the minor things that do not matter. When the appropriate time comes, your gift will make room for you. Hard work and pressure will come along the way, but do not see it as a “job”. Envision it as an assignment. Envision it as purpose. Envision it as a mission. He will not withhold any good thing from you, for what’s for you, is for you. Don’t over think and analyze things. Just allow your gift to flow. Don’t taint your gift through the feeling of worry. The Bible says Worry Not. Faith and worry cannot reside in the same place. Allow your gift to flow from your spirit, not by what other people want. If you stay true to who you are, you are saying to yourself that you will allow God to take control. Allow him to be your guide and direction in the midst of frustration and confusion. You were not meant to figure everything out. God has you right where he wants you. He is all-knowing and omniscient. He knows what to add and take away in your life. He knows where to place you as well the timing. Allow your gift to flow from the seeds of God’s love, righteousness, purity and faith. Let God be in full control and watch him move in your life.
Sometimes God puts you in certain situations to prepare you for where your going. Sometimes he puts you in particular situations to measure your growth. Trials also brings you closer to God, for it is a blessing to suffer for him. Have you measured your personal and spiritual progress? Everyone has imperfections but it does not mean we should not strive for perfection because it is written in 1 Peter 1:16 (KJV): Be Holy for I am Holy. How far have you come along? You may not be where you want to be, but you are not where you used to be. Not giving into the flesh takes discipline and power. Delayed gratification is better than instant gratification. Do not give into the impurities of your heart. Do not give into any sins of the flesh or spirit. There is a reason that God chose you, for it is written in Luke 12:48: For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. When you are called and chosen by God, the path you walk will be narrow. Everything you have endured will pay off in due time. Think about the next time when you are in a tempting situation, Is it Worth it? Is it worth losing your temper, honor, virtue and dignity over something or someone who isn’t worth it? The price of sin is too high to pay for. God will honor and reward you for doing his will. He is not a man that shall lie. His love is unmeasurable and he will lead you on the right path. Do not allow anyone to sacrifice your honor. It is better to suffer for the sake of righteousness than for the sake of doing wrong. When looking in the mirror in the depths of your soul, ask yourself, is it worth it?
Stop worrying and concentrating on things that do not matter. It’s a waste of time and energy. Allow things to fall in place during its proper timing, for timing is everything. Anything or anyone who does not have anything to do with purpose, is insignificant. It is nothing more than a distraction. That’s why it’s important to guard your heart’s affections. Focus on your progress and growth. Great things take time and not overnight. Focus on what really matters. Be not alarmed by what hasn’t come to pass yet. You are on schedule. Don’t focus on anything that is not going where your going, for everything does not deserve your attention. Remember to focus on what matters. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but his word shall not.
One of the most difficult things to do is to stretch out of your comfort zone. It is easy to stick with what we are familiar with rather than taking big steps of faith. Leaving out our comfort zone can be difficult, illogical, uncomfortable and painful. The temptation of going back to familiar territory forms some type of security and safety. You must go beyond further in order to go to the next level. The process will be painful but it will all come together for the good when all of the ashes clear. Stretch further to reach an higher elevation in life. You are above and not beneath. Sometimes we hinder and limit our own growth by not stepping out of our comfort zone. Remember to reach further. There are some things, ways, and people that we cannot go back to in order to receive the fullness of God.
Your later days shall be greater than your former days. Everything happens for a reason. Everything always come together for the good including the bad things that you experienced in your past. Don’t allow yourself to fret over what hasn’t worked out, for God ways are greater than our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. God wants to know would you be able to trust him even when the answers to your prayer has not yet came into manifestation. Can you trust God enough to allow him to do things his way and in his timing? You have not experience your best days yet. Your past is only a stepping stone for the better things to come. You are an overcomer. It is written in 1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV), But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Cherish what you have. Cherish your life, moments, lessons and the people around you. There is a saying that you never know what you have until its gone. That statement is true however, if you greatly appreciate your blessings around you, then you won’t have to wait for anything to dissolve away to know what you have. If know what you have, you will treat it with such love, value, protection and honor. When we take things for granted, we are showing that we are unappreciative of our blessings. Don’t allow the comfort of your life to make you take anything for granted. Be grateful for the small things. God likes to see how you cherish the small things so he can see if he can bless you with something bigger. There will come a time in your life, where “normal” is something that you cannot get back. There are some things you cannot get back just like moments and time. When you have the opportunity, tell the people you care about, how much you love them. Most of all show God how much you are truly thankful for all that he has done. Be thankful that he is God and God alone. Cherish and honor who he’s made you to be on this earth. Don’t wait to cherish something until it gone. Lay all before God and honor him in your actions. Show him how much you treasure him in every hour of your life for you are not alone.