God has called every person to be his follower. To love him, praise him, honor him, receive him, and share him with the ones around us. And there comes a time in everyone’s walk when the journey gets tough.
I know the feeling you get when you first receive Christ. You feel like nothing can touch you…like you could take on an entire nation and never fall. But we have to be realistic and realize what it means to be a true Christian. Being a Christian is like stamping a target for the enemy on your forehead. When you are lost in sin the Devil is not interested in pursuing you. He has no need to fight for what he has already won. But when God fills you and you begin to change from the inside out the enemy is threatened. He attacks you in everyway he knows how, cutting us down, and feeding off our weaknesses. God never told us that we would not endure trials. But he did promise us that by remaining faithful through these trials we would gain much through him.
James 1:2-4 “My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need.”
God tells us here through James that we will receive patience and “everything we need” when we remain faithful through the trials set before us. So when you feel like giving in to the temptations the Devil has set before you, remember to use this time to draw closer to God. Surrender to him fully and allow him to lead you.
Trials can be a way to grow in your relationship with your Abba (father). When you feel like the Devil is tempting you, simply stop and seek God’s face. Scripture tells us that light and darkness cannot dwell within the same space, therefore, if you seek God and he fills you the Devil cannot. So when you feel your about to give in to something from your old life, or you feel guilt or depression, take that time to bow your head and tell God how much you love him and how you so desperately need him within that moment--and every moment.
Hebrews 10:32 “Don’t ever forget those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.”
God tells us here to simply remain faithful through your suffering. Remember the feeling you had when he first saved you. That feeling that you could take on a nation and remain standing…God will take care of you, simply rely on Him.