Daily Devotional – 9/24/13 “Stressing for your blessing”

If life was always easy and everything you needed was handed to you, what would you work hard for? If you woke up, every day, without needing anything or anybody, would you try hard to get more or make a relationship work? If God automatically gave you every desire that your heart ask for, would you thank Him more than you barely do know? I’m just asking. See, stress that we know of is defined as mental, emotional or physical strain but it is also defined as special emphasis, importance or significance attached to something. So, Lakisha’s definition; the time, energy and importance you put into the gifts that God has given you and the work He has asked you to do in order to receive and then be able to handle the elevation that is about to come your way. In other words, you have to stress to be blessed.

Yea, you have to stress for a little while in that job you really don’t like in order to get the career that’s yours. You have to stress for a little while going through these relationships that don’t last in order for them to make you wait on the one God is sending. You have to stress for a little while in your sickness in order to appreciate the healing that God has for you. You have to stress, just for a little while, every now and then, just so your strength is built. How do you know how strong you are if you never have to show it? How do you know what you can bare if you never have too? How do you know if you can overcome your storm if you’re never in one? How do you know that God is a deliverer if He never had to deliver you? How do you know God to be a healer if He never had to heal you? How do you know God can break chains, if you’ve never been bound to any for him to break? Again, I’m just asking? Your strength comes from stress but after the stress comes your blessing. Don’t believe me? After sickness (stress) comes healing (blessing). After unemployment (stress) comes the job you’re appreciate now (blessing). After being hurt (stress) comes love, the kind you’ve never felt (blessing). Still don’t get it? Habakkuk 3:18 says, “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” Oh but before the rejoice there was stress because Habakkuk 3:17 says, “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,” Yet I will rejoice! Or simply, stressing for your blessing.

With the stress you face you’re able to stand and look the devil and his followers in their face when they try to attack your life again because stress makes you strong and in your strength you gain salvation from the Holy Spirit who resides with you daily and in those moments when it seems like the stress is winning, the Holy Spirit intercedes on your behalf for the bible says in Romans 8:26, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

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