“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”Ephesians 6:13
Knowing who you are enables you to stand under the pressures of life when they come to you. When you know that there is a purpose for your life, you are able to stand and with the help of God and others in your life, come through the problems successfully.
God who made you, has put within you the strength and the fortitude needed for every situation that will confront you.
Encourage yourself today.
There may be challenges in your home, on your job, with your health and even in your relationships… but know this today, you are stronger than you think. With God, you can get through it and come out looking better than when you went it.
But, in the midst of it all know that you were built to stand.
Greater is He that is inside of you than everything that you are going through.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”Ephesians 6:10
Do you realize that many people think that disciples of Christ are are very weak and inconsistent?
You hear all about people who say that they love God but do not live as people who actually do love God.
You, however, because you know who you are and whose you are, do not fall into that category. You are stronger than that.
You are wiser than that. You are more focused than that. You know who you are and you are on your way to fulfill your destiny.
Yes, the problems come. Yes, the challenges are there. Yes, the temptations are real. Yes, the pressures of life do exist. All of the above is real, but you are stronger than that. You have One on your side who has enabled you to persist. You have God on the inside who causes you to triumph.
It may be all around you. All the others may be still struggling with their identity and trying to discover who they really are, but you, you have begun the journey of self-discovery and you are stronger than that.
“And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”Ephesians 2:6
When was the last time you looked out on the world from a very high place? I am sure that you would agree with me that seeing things from a higher level is different from seeing things at a lower level. That is because the higher you go, the smaller and more insignificant the things on the ground level appear.
From an airplane’s view, the houses on the ground look tiny as compared to when you are on the ground.
So it is with life. When you are on the level of the challenges they seem insurmountable and more than you can handle. At times, they make you feel that you will never get through or even survive this season of your life. But, could it be that it seems this way because you are looking at it from the ground level?
It’s time to change your position. Look at it from above.
How do you do that? By looking at it through the word of God. God’s word is the elevated position through which we must view life, no matter what stage of life you are in.
When you look at things from a high place, you will realize that it is indeed tiny and it will soon pass. Always remember, you are a conqueror through Christ and you can do all things through Him who gives you strength. Nothing can break you. This too will pass.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”2 Corinthians 5:20
Have you ever been chosen to represent your school, workplace, church or company at an event? Well, if so, you know that it is a great honour to do so. You become the face of whatever your are representing and how you conduct yourself will reflect on the organization.
When God made you, He made you to represent Him on the earth.
When someone trusts you to represent them, you must not take that charge lightly. It is a great honour. And, to ensure that we represent God accurately, He gave a manual to help us to do so.
How are you representing the One who made you and gave you your identity?
Be sure that you are bringing glory to Him by being the best that you can be, wherever you are, and doing whatever He has asked of you.
We can accurately represent the One who gave us life. He has given us His word and His Spirit to help us.
Let’s make the effort to be an accurate representation of our heavenly Father. It is worth the effort for it produces great blessings.
“Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.” Psalm 105:3-5
As you journey through the different seasons of your life, especially in the difficult ones, I want you to remember this powerful quote that I once read in a book:
“In every adverse situation, there is a seed of equivalent or greater benefit*.”
Take the time to search for the seed of equal or greater benefit in challenging times. Remember, God uses everything and so, even in the terrible circumstances there is something that we can learn or use. There is something in that dark situation that will be beneficial to you later on as you continue your walk with God.
Yes, stuff happens. But these things do not determine our joy. Our joy is in the Lord our God. In His presence there is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures forever more. Happiness depends not on the things that happen but joy comes from our relationship with the Lord.
Determine in your heart to let nothing interfere with your joy in the Lord. Things come and they go. People come and they go. Situations come and they go. But God abides forever. He comes in us, and He never leaves us. When He comes, He stays so that our joy may be complete. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength as you choose to become better and not bitter through your trials and difficult times. You can, and will make it!
Adapted from an Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson