As we are coming into a new year, many of you are reminiscing the trials that you have endured in 2014. You have encountered one battle after another and are wondering what the new year is going to bring.
The Holy Spirit has shown me that He is bringing many of you to a greater level as you have been proven faithful and have learned how to triumph over every obstacle. You have allowed the Lord to strengthen you and you have persevered through difficult times.
The Lord showed me an analogy of a luxury car. A luxury car must go through greater testing than an economy car before it is released to the car dealership. To test a luxury car such as a Ferrari they may have to hit a wall to test its strength. They will perform crash tests to test the amount of pressure that it could stand. They will run it through all seasons to check its performance and tolerance to adverse weather patterns. It will be tested through the snow, the rain, the heat and extreme weather conditions. They will also test it on the mountains to see if it could pass the test of perseverance, stability and excellence. They will test it on sharp turns and U turns to make sure it is agile enough for the winding roads and they will test it on rocky roads to test its endurance. The reason why a luxury car needs more testing than an economy car is because it has to be proven for what it is worth. We are also tested and tried for our value and worth in the Kingdom of God.
The Lord says;
“It was the trying times of your past that has strengthened you to become the person whom I have created you to be. Things may not have gone according to the way that you have planned, but know that I am preparing you for greater works in the days ahead.
Don’t get confused when you look back at the difficult times, but understand that there was a purpose and a plan. Everything that you have endured will be used for My glory. As you have stayed strong in times of adversity, I will now entrust you with greater responsibilities. As you have allowed Me to restructure your life and make the proper adjustments, you will now become more effective in that which I have called you to do.
Every step has been necessary for the preparation of your spiritual growth. Although you have wrestled and contended in this last season, it has made you durable and able to trust Me in all things. Through difficult times you have learned not to allow frustration to overwhelm you but you have recognized the opportunities for the days ahead.
The adversities have not caused you to be hardened with bitterness but has made you pliable to be used as a vessel unto honor.
As you look back over the last year, you will recognize the preparation and the process was crucial for the days ahead . There will be a positive outcome for those unfortunate situations. As you have allowed Me to build you for endurance, your character and integrity has also been strengthened. There has been lessons learned that were necessary for your advancement so that you could fulfill all that I have called you to do,”
says the Lord.
“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” Job 23:10-12.
“It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect” Psalm 18:32.
“Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him” Psalm 105:19.