DO YOU have a struggle that goes with you almost everywhere? You carry it in your heart and your head. It weighs on your conscience. And there’s a great temptation to escape.
But you can’t. The fight is a part of you. It’s part of your life. How can you escape from yourself?
It could be a family or work conflict. It could be a problem in your church. Somebody’s lost, combative, or difficult. Or maybe it’s something private you carry deep inside.
Either way, your situation is not easy. It’s all-consuming sometimes. And you feel lonely or misunderstood because of it all.
Maybe the struggle has gone on for years. And you’re dog tired and worn out. You may feel ashamed or hopeless. And then you hit rock bottom — or at least you’re getting close. You feel trapped, frustrated, or even afraid.
Still, if the Lord has called you to this task, if it speaks to the core of your being — don’t you dare give up — because God never gives up on you.
It may seem like things will never change. It might feel pointless to keep going. Complications and obstacles pile up a mile high. But do not forget — God is bigger than all that. Much bigger. Nothing is impossible for our Creator.
The days drag on. The sleepless nights take their toll. But through it all, your faith takes shape. Your character is forged in the fire.
As you continue along the journey, your trust in God deepens. You come to know the Lord — and yourself — in ways that would otherwise be impossible.
Yes, it’s okay to ask God “why” and even cry out and complain. Let it all out. Lay all your frustration and anger at his feet.
But do not leave that place. Do not leave the presence of God. Find rest there for your soul. Then continue onward with him. Look past the frustration and the shame.
What might happen then? What if you go all in to trust and believe? If you hope against hope? If you refuse to give up, refuse to back down, and refuse to let go of God no matter what?
Then everything else gets stripped away — selfish motives, misled desires, doubts, and fears — it all gets burned away.
And only your faith remains. It takes the shape of steel.
Remember, many saints have gone before you. Christ goes before you, his Spirit prepares the way.
So keep going. Ask, seek, and call out to God. And when it is time, it will be opened to you.
You will enter a spacious place. You will take possession of the promises made to you.
And as you passed through the fire, you will be ready. You will be prepared.
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Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
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