God is preparing you
9.17.15 Did you know God is preparing you?
God puts dreams in our hearts and writes a destiny over our lives. And if we trust Him enough to take Him at His word, we will find ourselves on a journey toward the fulfillment of that dream. The path that takes us to the promise is going to be full of Thorns like a Rose. Nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition. Storms will come, lions will roar, and our fears will be confronted. God allows the path to be difficult because He intends on refining us and preparing us for our place of promise. God loves us too much to promote us before we are ready. As we follow His lead, we will at different times, find ourselves in a valley – a valley of decision. Marriages die there. Dreams die there too. The flesh dies hard and unfortunately for many, they’ve opted to let their dream die before they’d ever allow their flesh to be confronted. 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 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.
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.
After pondering this idea a little more, I envisioned a valley of dry bones. Bones from marriages, relationships, and dreams abandoned because many people refused to die to themselves, to humble themselves, and to let God have His way in their lives.
Don’t let your dream die in the valley!
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. 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. 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 due time you will be lifted up and honored before a watching world.
Have you ever wondered why you go through hard times from time to time. Well that's God preparing you for the future. when you don't understand the reason behind your struggle just know that God is preparing you. He's developing your gifts, talents, and abilities. He's broadening your understanding of how to navigate your way through life. even though we would rather not suffer through difficult circumstances, we have to, in order to grow. Always remember, God is the consummate teacher. There's always a lesson hidden in your struggle. He wishes to reveal something deeper than you're currently capable of seeing. It's up to you to remain tenacious. Persevere through it. Instead of asking God to mitigate the intensity of the trial, push through it. Refuse to give up. Know that there's victory waiting on the other side of trouble.
Growing pains can feel miserable. The pruning process is unpleasant, but it won't kill you. Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit" (John 15:1-2). Pruning If you're being pruned, it's because you're producing positive fruit in your life, and God wants to increase your productivity. pruning involves cutting off superfluous branches. This is done to make a tree bear better fruit, grow higher or to give the tree a more handsome appearance. This is precisely what God is doing in our lives. Through our struggles, He molds, shapes, and refines us. He gets us prepared to effectively fulfill our ultimate purpose in the earth.
So don't fret as God transitions you from where you are to your next level of productivity. The road may be rocky, but if you stay the course, you'll reach your desired destination.
God I come to you thinking you for letting me have problems so I can learn from them. Sometimes I'm not happy with the outcome but I realize it's growing pains. Lord if there's 1 of my facebook family and friends that know you as their Lord and Savior let today be the day. Now please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.