Posted by: DRC | March 6, 2013

TO GET THE BEST, PASS THE TEST

Many people today want everything without effort. We want muscular bodies, but wont step inside of the gym. We want to control our weight and be healthy, but refuse to change our eating habits and exercise. We want a good paying job, but don’t want to stay in school for the years required.
 
The fact is; it costs what it costs and never goes on sale! It takes commitment, dedication, discipline and hard work to reach our goals.
 
I believe God wants to bless us and prosper us, but to get it we must go through something. Sometimes we have to struggle, we have to fight. You see there is “something” in the struggle. And that “something” is necessary to become all that God has called us to be.
  
In Numbers 13: 25-33, we see that God left giants in the promised land for a reason and a purpose. The children of Israel needed to learn how to fight, they needed to learn about themselves and who God is. They needed to learn how the struggles of life would make them stronger, and how they would appreciate the land more if they fought for it. When we fight for what we have we not only appreciate it more, we wont let anyone take it from us.
  
Someone said; “Faith is forged in the furnace of adversity”
God is looking at the development that’s taking place in our lives as we go through the struggle.
  
The first generation of Israelites forfeited their inheritance because they would not fight. How many of God’s people have forfeited their destiny, just because they refuse to fight.
 
What has “made you” what you are today in Christ is do to the struggle. What you had to fight for, what you had to fight against and what you had to overcome; that’s what “made you”.
 
The caterpillar goes through a process of metamorphosis, changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly. The process involves struggle to break out of the cocoon. To cut the struggle short would rob the butterfly of its destiny. That’s why God allows struggle in our lives so we can fulfill our destiny in Him.
 
That’s why the devil wants to make the struggle all about you, he wants to give you tunnel vision so your focus is only on the struggle. God wants you to understand this; the devil wants your struggle to take you out, but God uses it to take you up.
 
Many people try to avoid their struggle, to go around it or even run from it. God didn’t deliver Daniel from the lions den, He delivered him through it. God didn’t deliver the three Hebrew children from the fiery furnace, He delivered them through it. There is no testimony without a test and no victory without a battle. Daniel needed the lions den, the three Hebrew children needed the fiery furnace and you and I need the struggles.
 
The struggle wont last forever, weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.
 
The struggle is just an instrument of transition, that means your going somewhere. The struggle prepares you for the future.
 
The Apostle Paul faced more struggles than all of the other apostles combined. He also did more for God than all the other apostles combined.
 
Struggle is the doorway to destiny, let God bring you through…
 
To get the best, pass the test!
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