instablog 5|29

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 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.”
‭‭(1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-9a, ESV)

Have you ever walked through seasons of life where you know that God is teaching you lessons, but it seems that no one else is getting this same lesson? Coincidentally, you keep having run-ins that test the gangster in you, yet the Lord tells you, “Shh… Don’t defend yourself. Don’t even talk about the situation. Bless that person, and allow me be your vindicator.” Maybe, there’s something that you’re believing for, and it seems like you’re the only person left in it. “My husband has been living with anther woman for two years. Some days are so discouraging, but I have not felt God to tell me to give up.”

I’ve been there. I’m still there. Heck, I STAY there! 😭😂 in the seasons where it seems like you’re grasping for air, looking for God:

1. Keep going. Keep humbling yourself while you wait for God to honor your faithfulness. Your pain may be real, but He’s preparing the most beautiful heart for something SO much bigger than what you can see right now.

2. Keep looking to Jesus. We are going to endure various kinds of sufferings. The Bible promises that. However, in those sufferings, we can bring our burdens to the Lord. “He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)

3. Keep resisting the devil. You stay sober-minded by casting your cares, and allowing God to give you a new perspective (even if you need a new perspective every 3 minutes). Pull yourself out of self-pity, and dare yourself to keep trusting God.

4. Keep expecting God to show up. “And after you have suffered a little while, the God is all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself RESTORE, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN, & ESTABLISH you.” (v. 10)

let it go.

You know those moments when God is pressing on your heart to let go of something? Those moments where you’re willing, but it is the hardest thing in the world to do? You keep going back to prayer. You constantly reread Words to keep you encouraged. You keep wondering, “Am I making a right decision?” And, if you were completely, 100% honest with yourself, you’re really wondering how you will muster up the courage to actually move forward. Fear is asking you, “What will your life look like without ________ (you insert your own blank)?”

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬, ESV‬‬)

Jesus understood that what He would gain was worth laying down His life. 

What we’re giving up is not only better for ourselves, but it’s also better for our purpose in this season of life, and ultimately, the people we’re called to influence. We’re called to make disciples. If God is asking you to lay something down (even if it’s hard), you can believe that it will not only be for your good, but for the good of those that you’ll encounter.

He has good things for YOU. You do not have to feel fear or shame about moving forward.