Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
A few weeks ago I felt like I was suffering. I have never felt so tired and sad in my life. I knew God was going to bring me out, I just didn’t know how and how I would stay in an uplifting space. Through the suffering a few thoughts came to my head:
1. Did God care that I was hurting?
2. Was this the work of the devil or testing from God?
3. Why do I feel so alone?
4. What’s next?
Because I have experienced things like this before I decided to do what I do best; pray. This time however it wasn’t an ordinary prayer; I cried out to God and told him I needed his help like never before. I told him I did not know my next move and I didn’t know how to make things better. I told him I was scared and I felt helpless. I got up after that prayer feeling unsure, but still with some hope.
Have you ever been here before? This was one of my lowest points. I thought it was going to be the end; little did I know it was just the beginning. I love 1 Peter 5 because it plainly explains that the devil is looking to get us caught up. I truly think this was a test from the Lord, but I also think the devil intended for me to stay in the dark place of it all. I prayed and I knew it was almost over. I ended up being okay and I was able to reflect. I also realized what the 10th verse was saying (your brotherhood is experiencing the same thing) and it made me feel a lot better. We think we are in this alone. We think not one person is going through what we are. The relief is we, the church are all going through something. There is no need to feel isolated. Join the crowd and join in prayer and trust.
Ever since then I’ve been feeling better and better. Things that once bothered me are beginning to look extremely small. I cried out to God and learned to sweep the enemy right under my feet where he belongs. This week I encourage you to know that you are not alone, and God may just be trying to increase your faith. He is taking me to a new level and there are some trials he must test me with. The same goes for you and once you see that you will encourage the test so you can pass, move on, and see your strength at the end. I pray you can lean on the Holy Spirit in all you are doing and stand firm in God promises; even in this rough season, he has your back like never before.
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