We all have weak spots and areas of inconsistency in our character.
Until we see Jesus face to face, we will need His guidance and correction. He wants to take us from strength to strength, from glory to glory.
Ephesians 3:20 tells us that He wants to do abundantly above and beyond ALL that we could ever ask or think, but there’s a clincher in this verse…
it’s according to HIS work within us.
To the extent that He’s allowed to work in us, will be the extent that He does great things through us.
Nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition! NOTHING.
Storms will come, lions will roar, and our fears will be confronted.
People who are producing their own “fruit” with the efforts and promotion of the flesh will absolutely show an enraged sense of entitlement and self aggrandizement.
Those allowing God to to produce lasting and spiritually sound fruit will have obvious traits of humility, kindness, and an unusual peace surrounding them, even when the storms of life are blowing.
God allows the path to be difficult because He intends on refining us and preparing us for our place of promise.
He is intent is focused on extracting (refining/ removing) from us, that which our enemy would love to leverage or use against us (and against others)!
Read that last line again. S L O W L Y……
If you’re in a season of refining, lean in.
Trust the loving hand of your precious Savior and know that He WILL lead you to the other side of it.
Refuse a sense of entitlement and don’t demand to be understood. Instead, humble yourself and seek to understand what the LORD is doing around you and in you.
He will faithfully lead you and you will be strengthened as you go. On the other side of this refining time is a fresh perspective and new mercies.
Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God; in the planned time you will be lifted up and honored before a watching world.
If you choose to bow low in God’s awesome presence, He will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in His Hands.
Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there, for He always tenderly cares for you, (1 Peter 5:6-7 TPT).
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.