Are You Being Tested?
God must have some BIG plans ahead for me. I bet I can’t even fathom what lies ahead on the other side of this fiery trial. Don’t get me wrong I’ve faced many seasons of adversity in the past. But, none of it ever held a candle to the nonstop torment in the present season. I’m obviously headed towards territory the devil doesn’t want touched and doesn’t plan to release.
I remember well a saying we used to have in our high school weight room. It read, “No pain, no gain.” I’m believe that is a great biblical truth. Any great God led mission will bring with it great adversity. There will be pain, setbacks, sacrifices, and even moments you want to quit. In fact, I truly believe that is the reason for all of the enemy’s attacks.
So, just because you’re dealing with nonstop adversity doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path. It very well could indicate just the opposite. It could mean that God has Big plans and satan will stop at nothing to turn you around. It could mean that you’re gonna have to seek God’s face more than ever before if you’re to move any further. My friend, don’t be afraid of the battle. Be afraid of missing what God has ahead for you. Grab your Bible, drop to your knees, and stand firm in your faith.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 5:8-11