Through the dark nights of the soul. Through the times when its hard and exhausting, don’t give up. Don’t give up hope for our God does not only show up in the light but also in the darkness. Not only on the mountaintops but also in the valleys.
Where there seems to be no way, he is there making a way. When the darkness is blinding he is there putting the stars in the sky, the lights to show you the way back. To show you the way forward.
He doesn’t leave you alone.
You may feel like you are the only one. You may feel like no one cares or no one is there to be with you. But remember that He is always with you. He always cares. He will and always satisfies every need we ever have.
He is our comforter in hard times. He is our strength when we feel weak. He is our provider when we have little. He is our joy when we are in pain or sad. He is our protector when the enemy comes. He is our defender against the lies. He is love at all times and there to cast out any fear. He is our father who will, who went, and still will go through mountains, through the trenches, through any barrier to get to you, to come rescue you and bring you back home.
This is our God. Not some entity that is far off and leaves us alone to figure out life. Our God is personal, loving, caring, and is there always. He will show up in a moment’s notice for any one of his children. He is here for you, in the storm, in the valley, during those dark nights. He is here not only to be with you, but also to help bring you home. Whether it’s helping you in seeing what steps you need to take or carrying you all the way home…
HE IS HERE!
Your breakthrough has arrived.
It is your time to shine! The chains that once held onto you are now gone, broken, never to be seen again!
The reminder is that although your chains are broken, are you acting like they are. Have you put them back on yourself? If you have, they are still broken, all you have to do is shake them off.
They are not yours, they don’t have your name on them. They are empty, lifeless pieces of metal that are there only to be the joyful reminder that you are free. Free to dance, to sing, to be completely who you are created to be!
You don’t have to hide behind acting like someone else, trying to be someone you aren’t. The lies that you have believed are broken, and you are being reminded of the truth.
Speak out the truths each day to remind you the strength you have. Getting up and reminding yourself will not only align you with the truth but it will also start displacing the darkness around you. You will be the son, the daughter that gets out of bed and the devil runs because he knows that you are burdened with glorious purpose.
Don’t give up hope. Don’t be discouraged. Each step each minute is a minute closer to your breakthrough, to your victory.
The boxing ring can seem intimidating, you might not even think you were prepared for this, but you are. Everything in your life has prepared you for this moment. It’s time to step into the ring.
Remember what your trainer told you: You can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13). You are never given more than you can handle (1 Cor 10:13). You are more than a conqueror through him who loves you (Rom 8:37). Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power (Eph 6:10).
You are not in this ring alone. Your trainer, your Papa God is in the ring with you against this fear, the lie, against whatever you are facing. What is in front of you has no power. He might seem big but the power of truth and the name of Jesus makes this and every opponent flee. Some fights might take longer but the end is always secure.
You are made to win and you will win.
If you have fallen down, get back up. If you lost the round, don’t give up because you will win the fight. If you feel weak, don’t give up. God is always there with you not only cheering you on but is in there with you helping you with each blow. He is there and is the first to raise your arm in victory saying “You have won!”.
Remember, when times are tough, don’t get discouraged. Remember who you are, who is with you, who is in you, and who is fighting next to you. The trophy already has your name written on it. Now is your time. Step into the ring as the victor you are!
Our life is a journey learning to trust. It starts on the ground learning to walk in our Fathers footsteps, learning to listen to his voice. But then, when we are ready he will take us to a lake.
Each rock is a step of faith. Will you trust that he is continuing to lead you?
He had placed each rock only as far as he knows you can make it. He doesn’t place it too far where he thinks you won’t make it. They are perfectly positioned for your promotion. He won’t take you so far and then leave you without a place to stand.
He always finishes what he has begun. He created you and gave you an amazing purpose. He will not leave you alone. He will finish what he started in you! If you slip don’t worry he is there to catch you and put you back right where you fell. He knows it’s a process.
He knows it can be hard for us to trust. It takes a while to learn to walk. But our God is not intimidated or gets frustrated by the length of our journey, or the time it takes. He is ecstatic with each step we take. Each baby step or giant leap, he is proud! He is a proud father. Every day we wake up he says “There is my daughter! That is my son!”
There is no fear in this love. In the eyes of our proud father there is only love. When fear creeps in while on this journey, look into his eyes. Fear has to leave.
There might be a place in front of you the gap might seem too big. Don’t doubt. Ask God what he wants you to learn. Is it to wait for his timing? For you to learn to walk on the water? To trust God by having him carry you?
Remember he would not bring you this far to leave you alone. His is there to hold you, carry you, encourage you, strengthen you, and empower you to be able to be everything you are created to be every step of the way.
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