Daily Devotional – 12/10/15 “A test of your strength!”

Today is better than yesterday, thank you Lord! For somebody, you can’t say that because it seems as if trouble has your name memorized. But know this; it’s just your time to go through. Please understand, the enemy feeds off your weakness and he is trying to make you think God has forgotten about you. But you know better, don’t you? The enemy is probably in your ear, sitting on the end of your bed, standing outside your door, texting you at this very moment or he or she may be who you’re sleeping with but don’t give in. He’s probably beckoning you, right now, to call your ex; steal from somebody, lie on folk, be petty and messy on Facebook, he has you going through folk’s phone, stalking their social media accounts, avoiding an issue you need to deal with or hating your own momma; GET UP! Folk has made you believe that it’s the man’s fault that you can’t get off state assistance; it’s yours! You got the nerve to take man at his word but you want to challenge God’s word. You have more respect for the club than you do your church (you’ll throw away your garbage there but you stick your candy paper on the pew).

Strength

Isn’t it something how we, as Saints of God, will have the mitigated gall to need validation of God’s promise but we take the promise of everybody else? I mean, we’ll give folk chance after chance but let God not show up when you want Him too, you’re ready to jump ship. But don’t you understand that there’s going to be some ups AND downs, some good AND some bad? If you never have to experience trials, suffering, let downs, knock downs, sickness, etc., how will you know how strong you are? You have to go through, some time. You have to endure; every now and then. It’s part of the process of living in these fleshly bodies. How would you know you can defeat the enemy if he never shows up? How can you know what you can overcome, if you never go through anything? You don’t realize the magnitude of your strength until it has to be used. A blind person wouldn’t know the strength of his hearing without the blindness. A mother wouldn’t understand her motherly strength until she has to fix dinner for six with $8. A widow(er) wouldn’t understand how to survive losing their spouse until it happens. And you couldn’t possibly know how you’d handle sickness until it comes. My point is, sometimes you have to go through. It’s not to take you out; it’s simply testing what you say you’re made of. Didn’t you say you were God’s child?

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

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