2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
In the pursuit of any goal, we must recognize opportunities and withstand opposition. There are roads that we travel in the pursuit of a goal that are not pleasant, but we recognize they are necessary paths on our journey – and that we must walk them out. These opportunities are often masked by the lenses of our own experiences and then met with thoughts of, “I don’t’ want to go through all that" or "it does not take all that,” or even the “Not again, you mean I have to go through that again?”
Opposition is part of the process, and there are just some things we must go through for the purpose of strengthening and equipping us to stand under the weight of our Destiny! Blessings come with persecution, and there is no conquest, without conflict. We have to leave the mindset behind that leads us to believe that if we have to fight for it, it is not meant to be. That is often far from the truth.
Yes, we must fight; and interestingly enough, our battle is often an internal one, fighting with our own feelings, beliefs, insecurities, fears, and remnants of our past that we have not yet released.
This week,I encourage each of you to stand strong in the midst of opposition and trials, for your Blessing is on the other side of “through!”
Copyright 2012 - Victoria L. Burse, Queens of the Kingdom