God will kill you. Let me rephrase this, God will kill your flesh. He will allow everything we treasure and hold onto at one point be sacrificed. God loves us so much that he will lead us to places where we have to sacrifice our friendships, our jobs, our relationships and all of our dreams. God wants to see if we trust him to let him lead us to the right people, the right friendships, the right job and the right relationships for a specific time and purpose in our lives.
He leads us. He leads us to places that are not pretty, but to places we need to be. See society tells us that when bad things happen, it is our fault because the root of society especially in the United States, is meritocracy. Meritocracy is essentially that when you work hard , you will receive good results. Meritocracy is valid to only a certain point. The thing is when you live for God you become aware of eternity; you basically become aware that there is somebody high in the sky that is working out things on our behalf for the good- that our real home is in heaven with God. We know this because of Romans 8:28, ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV) God works everything out for our good. A great portion of the time it does not look good or feel good, but God sees everything and everyone. He always has the best intentions for us, so we have to keep that in mind when he allows things to occur in our lives. It says in Hebrews 12:6-8, ” For the Lord discipline those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts his child. As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by his father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. ” (NLT)
Every ounce of our natural feelings hate discipline, but that is one of the ways God shows us that we belong to him. We hate living by principles; we would rather live by our feelings. The only time when we are okay with living by principles is along as it doesn’t cause us to sacrifice something. Everyone knows that we are supposed to exercise at least an hour four times a week or 30 minutes every day, but for many we do not do that despite it is beneficial for us because we don’t feel like it. In our society, we avoid being uncomfortable as if it is the bubonic plague or tuberculosis. This is why there is several apps created to use on our phones that people can use to have someone deliver food to them or other things. Our GPS shows the quickest route to avoid traffic while driving to a place. We hate waiting in lines for something or even just getting up to go to work. In James 1: 2-4, it states, “Consider pure joy, my brothers and sisters , whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.” (NIV)
Growth occurs during the struggle. The most beautiful place to be in God is partnering with him in the storm. See we don’t really know who we are until we go through the struggle. The word struggle does not even sound like it is a nice thing. The word struggle means “make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction.” We want to be free from whatever we are enduring or persevering, but what if God wants us to be in that struggle? What if he knows that there is only certain qualities that can be produced in the struggle? What if he knows already that this is going to be your breakthrough? Would you stay in the struggle now knowing this?
See our growth is dependent on how much we trust God and how we close we are to him. Do you really believe that God loves you? Do you really believe that he has the best for you? Do you really believe that he created you for a purpose? If you do, I am extremely glad that you believe that, but for the ones that doesn’t. God loves you incredibly much. He loves you beyond yourself and whatever has or hasn’t happened. If he didn’t love you, he wouldn’t have created you. He created you, so you have a purpose, so live it out.
See in any relationship, there is going to be bumps and obstacles, but the thing is you have to communicate and reach a level of trust believing wholeheartedly that the individual always has the best in mind for you. This is why we have to spend time with Jesus daily. See, if we do not spend time with God, we will not know him for ourselves, so then we cannot trust him. Church is the place where we get seeds planted, but spending that quality time with Jesus daily is what causes the flower to bloom. Because when bad things happen, we run to him because we believe in who he is. We should believe him in because we got to know him for ourselves not because our parents or friends or anyone else. I am speaking from experience, when we don’t spend time with God everyday, things will accumulate in your soul such as resentment or bitterness or just apathy for certain things. Then those things will spill into other facets of your life wrecking havoc.
Being intimate with God is the only way you will get that pure joy that the author James writes in James 1:2-4 about. Because in the presence of Lord, everything else fades. Nothing else matters because you are with God alone. Then we are able to allow God to fully consume us because we should be open and willing. We should not be holding onto anything that God didn’t create us to hold onto. We can let everything go and give it to him.
I implore you to take that trust fall. Falling is never painless; it is actually quite in fact frightening as well, but in the our lowest moments crying out to him, this is where God reveals himself. Believe me, its the safest place to be. So lets all fall together into his arms.
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