As I contemplate life; in this moment, I’ve never said living for Christ is easy. That would be a lie and God hates liars. If it were easy, he wouldn’t tell us in James 1 to count it joy when going through VARIOUS trials. He don’t say one trial, a few trials but it says VARIOUS which means MANY and a lot of different kinds…. In all honesty, it can be very hard to count anything for joy when you’re going through. It’s hard to choose happiness when it seems like there’s nothing to be happy about. It’s hard to say “THANK YOU GOD or I’M PRAISING YOU GOD” when truly going through because flesh wants to give up, the soul wants to pout and the mind wants to think crazy; however, when your mind, body and soul want to ACT up, that’s when you KILL it more and no matter how hard it is, ENDURE and COUNT IT JOY.
Easier said than done? It seems that way; however, pushing through tonight in making myself war against mind, body and soul because of various kinds of trials currently in my presence, I can witness and confirm and attest to the truth which is that in weakness, HE IS STRONG. You can’t win without FAITH. You can’t win without Prayer. You can’t win without the Word of God. You can’t win without GOD, so if you’re going through and it seems impossible to count it all joy, CRY OUT and you WILL BE MET with HELP.
It’s not about the going through, its about the give up when you’re going through. Giving up causes you to be lured away from your own lust. Being lured away by your own lust causes you to conceive and birth sin. Conceiving and birthing sin causes your death. “Would you rather LIVE or DIE”, says the LORD!!! See anyone has the strength to give in and give up; however, it takes a man/woman of FAITH to say “NO, I’m not quitting, i’m not giving up, i’m not laying down, i’m not throwing in the towel”.
By Faith; no matter what I’m facing RIGHT now, which in all honesty people, i’m facing a lot right now, but by FAITH I will not look at what it seems; however, I will look at what God says. I will ask God to give me wisdom through this trial and in asking I won’t doubt because if I doubt, i’m double-minded and unstable. I won’t take my eyes off of what is in front of me. I won’t look at how others seem to have it. I will run my own race. Fight my own battles. Persevere and count it all joy through my own various trials and I will ENDURE.
In my endurance, I am the perfection of God. In my endurance, I am complete. In my endurance, I lack nothing and have EVERYTHING because in Endurance God sends down good and perfect things from above.
James 1 (reference for all of the above)
See people of God, I’m a living witness that life can be very hard. I am a living witness that can say trials sometimes seem strong enough to take you out; however, I am also a living witness that letting the WORD work for you and working the WORD, WORKS!!!
Growth in God comes from being a doer of the word and not a hearer only. Growth in God comes by the testing of your faith. Growth in God comes by fighting the GOOD fight of faith and enduring. YOU can stop your growth when you doubt. You can stop your growth when you fear. You can stop your growth when you worry because doubt, fear and worry are enemies of Christ and opposite of the instruction given for us to WIN and be VICTORIOUS.
If I have nothing else to say when I’m going through, God is my witness, I look to Heaven and say “This too shall pass Lord” and I keep on kicking, taking the blows, welcoming the punches and getting in my kicks and licks and blows when given the opportunity. When the devil decides to scream I GIVE UP, i promise you he would have rathered never getting in a war with me because I fight for my life. I fight for my kids life. I fight for my friends life. I fight for the world’s life. I fight for my own enemies life. I go in all out WAR and WIN against the enemy because I war with the WINNER – JESUS CHRIST.
Many people will not be real with you when going through, but my walk is walked to share with others so that people don’t just see that this life with Christ is easy, but that they see this life with Christ can sometimes be hard; however, the hard part of this life with Christ can be defeated. We only lose when we stop fighting. We only lose when we give up. We only lose when we throw in the towel. We don’t have to quit. We don’t have to give up. We don’t have to fight when we are ONE with the WINNER.
SO DO NOT GIVE UP. Make up your mind to go through. Make up your mind to count it all joy when going through. Make up your mind that when going through you will ask God for wisdom and receive it without doubting. Make up your mind to ENDURE! If you need just ONE thing to help you count it all joy when going through, here it is — You’re alive!!!