Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Pressure Has Purpose

Seemingly never-ending trials and tribulations have a way of causing us to feel like nothing good will ever happen in our lives. Many of us view hard times as a negative, when, in fact, tribulations are often a positive indicator that God is up to something great in your life. Some of the difficult times we face are a direct result of bad choices we’ve made in our lives; however, there are situations that God will allow to arise in our lives in an effort to build, grow and shape us for His purpose. It’s during these times that our true strength is revealed to us and He stretches us to our limit so that we have absolutely no choice but to depend on His omnipotence. James 1:2-3 (CEV) tells us “My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested.” Every test teaches patience, which helps us to trust God while enduring the storm, and each trial in life is but a stepping stone in route to your divine purpose. So, count it all joy when you are tried, because it’s then that God is refining and grooming you to become your best self, so that His glory may be revealed in and through you.

You may ask yourself, if pressure causes things to burst, then why is God putting so much pressure on me? Does He want me to explode? Well, God’s answer is simple, He’s saying Yes, that’s exactly what I want you to do, so that all of the greatness I placed in you before the foundation of the earth will come pouring out. He wants you to explode in prayer, in praise, and in worship.  He wants the pressures of your life to catapult you in a life of complete surrender to His will.  You see, God has to break us before He builds us. Doesn’t make much sense to break something then fix it, does it? Well, that’s just the way God works.  Before He brings us out, He takes us through; before He allows us to receive, He tells us to give; before He builds us up, He breaks us down; before He gives us victory, He tells us to fight…that’s just His way, and because His way is the only way that leads to purpose, we must walk His way. One thing we can always believe is this – if God allows it, there’s purpose in it. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Yes, it’s hard and at times you want to throw in the towel, but hang in there. God is a God of promise and He never falls short of His word. He will bring you through and when He does, you’ll be so much better than you were before. You’ll be stronger, you’ll be wiser, and you’ll be one step closer to living out God’s purpose for your life. The strength and wisdom you gained will be used to edify your sister; your purpose will be used to glorify God.

The pressure isn't to destroy you, but to make you into the woman the Lord destined you to be.

~May you live in His love.~

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