Friday, June 22, 2012

It's In The Struggle





For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.
Galatians 5:17 KJV 2003

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
Colossians3:2-6 NKJV

How many of you find it hard to stay positive when things are going wrong?  When you are facing temptation there is a tug of war going on of spirit and flesh.  No one likes these times.  Especially when we are believers we forget that we are going to have struggles.  We are going to have times when we are faced with really tough decision and those tough decisions are to not give in to your flesh and to be obedient.  Its the struggle!  It's the struggle that cause us much pain and affliction.  What is your struggle today?  Is it struggling to take a position that you know may not be in the best interest for you but the money is good?  Is it spending less time on your hobbies to spend more time with God.  Is it re-programming your mind to think like Christ when faced with situations?  I am here to let you know that this thing called life is not always easy.  Sometimes it is really hard to put to practice everything you learn in the word of God, and in bible studies etc.  But we have to.  It is so important what you do when you are in the struggle.  It is in the struggle when we most time learn lessons.  It is in the struggle when we learn to trust God, and his ways.  The bible says that his ways are not our ways. It is in the struggle when we learn that we fell short on somethings and need to ask for forgiveness and repent. 

I have leaned that when I make a mistake sometimes I have to  sit in it for awhile, boy that is not fun at all.  It hurts, its painful, sometimes lonely, stressful, and aggravating.  It is so hard to exercise faith when so many emotions are happening at once.  The key is that we have to.  No matter what we have to be able to while in the struggle rise from our feelings and trust GOD!!!  Praise him more, Worship him more in prayer, our time, our service, our love and devotion.  When we do these things that is where the healing takes place.  The apostle Paul said he had a thorn in his flesh.  that thorn seemed to never go away.  Meaning he has a problem that he dealt with constantly.  He prayed for God to take it away but it always seem to be there.  Sometimes it was more noticeable that other times but with his faith he was able to fight through it.  Paul realized at some point that, the very thorn is what kept him committed to the things of God.  It is in his struggle that kept him humble, made him love and serve God more.  So as it was for him, so it can be for you.  Your struggle can very well be what saves you.  We have to continue to work out our own salvation.  God's grace and mercies renew every morning.  Instead of being sad on your struggle rejoice in it today.  Be proud and happy that your struggle is getting you closer to God.  He will deliver you in his perfect timing.

Have a great night

Toccara Feliciano

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