We are living in a time when many people are wondering what is going on. You wonder where you are and wonder where you are supposed to go next. You even wonder if God is going to release blessing or if He will send judgement. Sometimes you wonder if you missed God’s will and doubt that you are on the correct road to your destiny. Many of you are wondering what is happening in your life because it seems as if you are encountering one battle after another. We serve a God of mercy and not the author of confusion. Even though Jesus came to set us free and not to judge us or harm us, we will still face difficult seasons in our spiritual growth.
The Lord showed me this analogy. He showed me how a luxury car must go through greater testing than an inexpensive car before it is released. To test a Mercedes they may have to hit a wall to test it’s strength. They will perform crash tests to test the amount of pressure 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 it’s endurance. The reason why it needs more testing than an inexpensive car is because it has to be proven for what it is worth. We are also tested and tried for our worth.
The Lord says; trust Me as the challenges in your life are strengthening you during trying times. Things may not go according to what you have planned but know that I am preparing you for greater works in the days ahead. Don’t get confused when you experience difficult seasons but learn how to endure everything that comes your way. Don’t wrestle when your circumstances drive you in a different direction than you expected, but through it all understand the preparation for where I am taking you. As you learn how to stay strong in times of adversity, I will entrust you with greater responsibilities. Allow Me to restructure your life and make the proper adjustments so that you will be effective in all that I have called you to do. Change is always necessary for your spiritual growth. Stay in My timing. Don’t try to do things in your own strength, and don’t try to birth something out of season or it will become an Ishmael.
Refuse to be led by your emotions. Don’t allow frustration to overwhelm you. As you continue to resist the opposition that comes against you, My Glory will increase in your life. As you continue to refuse to give in to the temptations that arise, your faith and tenacity will be strengthened. As you learn how to overcome each obstacle that comes your way, you character and integrity will become evident and you will come out as gold tried in the furnace. Know that you will not be devoured by the adversary through trials but you will learn how to overcome and maintain perseverance. Learn how to recognize what I am doing in every season so that you will be able to move forward with with clarity. There are lessons to be learned that are necessary for growth in every thing that you go through. Do not fear change. Just as grapes are crushed in the wine press through a process, difficult times will bring forth much fruit in your life as you endure, stay strong and stay steadfast says the Lord.
Psalm 18: 31-34 “For who is God, except the Lord? and who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.He makes my feet like the feet of deer,and sets me on my high places.He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”
James 1:2-3 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
1 Peter 1:7-8 “That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.