This Too Shall Pass

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT)

Have you allowed your circumstances to convince you that God has turned His back on you? Be assured that He has never left your side, and He never will.

God never leaves us to fend for ourselves in difficult times. He promises to be with us in all that we face. Allow His amazing love to encompass all of your pain. Expect His peace to surround you and His grace to empower you to keep pressing through.

In the midst of what you are facing right now, do not become overwhelmed or yield to the temptation to give up. Always keep in mind that all trials have an expiration date. Just like the last test you faced and overcame, this too shall pass!

So when tests and trials come your way, go ahead and make testimonies out of them.

Looking Beyond the Circumstances

“Looking away from all that will distract to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith.” – Hebrews 12:2 (AMPC)

Are you the kind of person who wants everything to run smoothly all the time? What about if you encounter a bump in the road of your plans, do you feel disappointed and like a failure?

I can definitely relate! Receiving an unpleasant outcome can cause much frustration and uneasiness. Our circumstances can easily rule our emotions if we let them. But God doesn’t want us to be at the mercy of our varied circumstances, or the hopeless feelings we can sometimes have about them.

Today I want to direct us to look beyond our circumstances. Rather than giving power to things we can’t control, why not seize an opportunity to trust God more? We may see a hopeless situation, but from God’s view something greater is taking place.

Gaining God’s perspective is learning to look beyond the circumstances. Unlike the unpredictability of life, God is unchanging. Therefore, we can depend on His faithfulness in every changing season of life.

Armor Up

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”– Ephesians 6:11

One of the most important things we can understand as believers is that we are in a battle! The day you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior was the day you became part of a spiritual battle.

Even though we can’t see it, there are spiritual forces surrounding us—angels vs. demons… good vs. evil… light vs. darkness. And although this activity is taking place in the invisible realm, it can effect us in the visible realm.

Your victory in spiritual warfare must rest on the reality that Jesus Christ has already purchased our victory on the cross. We have everything we need to win; it’s just a matter of using the weapons and exercising our authority.

God will not do it for you! However, it is your responsibility to put on the whole armor of God in order to stand on victory ground. The Word of God assures us that we can stand firm and resist anything Satan throws our way!

Need to Hear God’s Voice?

“Ask me, and I will tell you things that you don’t know and can’t find out.” – Jeremiah 33:3 (CEV) 

When you’re seeking answers for your life, who or what do you turn to? Does your life sometimes feel like chaos ringing in your ears? Voices from every side will constantly try to influence the thoughts you think and the direction you take. 

Maybe you’re hoping to hear from God today about some very important matters, but you’re not sure how to know His voice. You may need to hear God today about your finances, your children, your marriage, your job situation, or your health.

The good news is that God has promised to always be with us, and He gave us His Spirit to help lead and guide us into all truth. That means you can know exactly what God is saying to you about every situation that concerns you.

You don’t have to go through life blindly making decisions or playing the guessing game. When you learn to turn to God in prayer, He will reveal to you hidden things you cannot find any place else.

Target Your Faith 🎯

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.” – Philippians 3:15 (The Message Bible)

There’s a very popular saying that if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time. Faith works the same way.

Many people are discouraged and living defeated lives simply because they only focus on their present circumstances. They don’t know how to target their faith for something greater. When you constantly dwell on your problems, it only generates more problems.

Why not target your faith for a better outcome? In other words, focus more on what you do want rather than what you don’t want. Just like an arrow, you can target your faith. That requires you getting in the Word of God and discovering His promises for your life.

So what are you believing for? What scriptural promises are you standing on? What dreams are you going after? Don’t focus on missing! You will only miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.

The Road to Success

“Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” – Proverbs 4:27 (NLT)

Did you know that the road to success is not always a straight line, but many times a zigzag?

In other words, if you set a goal and think you are going to go directly from point A to point B, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. With any goal in life, there are always unforeseen obstacles and setbacks we must be prepared and equipped to handle.

Here are 3 things to keep in mind when it comes to accomplishing anything significant: 

1. Most things will take longer than you anticipated. 

2. Most things will be more difficult than you can imagine. 

3. Most things will cost more than you had expected. The cost is not always in dollars and cents. 

But in the end, if you are committed and submitted to the process, the sacrifice will be well worth it. So regardless of what the conditions are now, stick with God’s plan for your life. Don’t get sidetracked by the things you see. Stay the course!

Be Intentional

“Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.” – Ephesians 5:10 (The Message Bible) 

A life of destiny doesn’t just happen. No one arrives at greatness by accident. No sports team accidentally wins a championship. Success is intentional and made by a series of wise decisions and actions over time.

Where you are right now is a result of a series of past decisions. Likewise, where you will end up depends entirely on the choices you make from this moment forward. The choices you make today will have a positive or negative effect on your tomorrow.

So whether it’s building a relationship, a career, or a business, great accomplishments start with actions done intentionally. This is not a passive approach to life. It’s being committed to fulfilling your purpose and being the best you can be.

Taking Responsibility for Your Life

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”– Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

If you’re stuck and wondering how in the world you got where you are, the key to your freedom may be a sense of responsibility. If we don’t learn to take ownership of our decisions, or lack thereof, we’ll keep looking for a way to shift the blame or make excuses.

Growth and spiritual maturity is when you reach a point in your life where you fully understand what it means to take ownership of your actions and not target others for your own frustrations and failures.

When you blame others, you give up your power to change. Although you cannot go back and change the past, you can change your future by what you decide today. Taking responsibility for your life will empower you to change it.

Trust God

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust isn’t always easy to come by, but it’s one of the most important aspects of our relationship with God. When times are tough and things aren’t going our way, that’s when we find it the most difficult to trust God.

In life, there are going to be times when certain things are hidden from our understanding. That shouldn’t give us an excuse to quit, but rather an opportunity to deepen our faith and trust in God’s plan. Remember, His ways are always perfect, even when we do not fully understand them.

God’s plans for us go beyond what we can see or understand right now. Even when we can’t trace Him, we must learn to trust Him. Now is a good time to start trusting God with everything that concerns you. 

Vision Attracts Provision

“And God is able to make all grace come in abundance to you, so that you may always have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP, ABRV)

Vision always attracts provision. It is like a magnet that pulls in exactly what is needed to succeed. That means drawing the necessary people, favor, knowledge, or funding to fulfill the mission and further its impact.

Many times, God will put a vision in our hearts before He puts provision in our hands. The resources are available to accomplish what we need, yet they are usually hidden until we act on the vision.

There’s no need to worry or panic about the provision, as long as we are carrying out the vision God gave us. Through faith and patience, we can trust that everything we need will come to us in abundance.