Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.
Romans 8:37 (KJV)
THINGS.... what are these things? Romans 8:35-39 (KJV) mentions a few and pretty much covers everything. Those "things" are anything or any struggle you face. I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Romans 8 to see what the Lord has in His word as an encouragement to us. He knows we will face struggles from all kinds of sources. It is in HIM we find the strength to move through them.
He doesn't always remove the struggles, though. Often times, He uses them for our perfecting and to equip us with what we need to be about the work He has for us or to be able to follow the path He is leading us on. I faced that issue yesterday and this morning. Yesterday, May 1, I sat down to make a list of my goals and action plans for the month for my business and my personal goals. I had a determined mindset and some of those goals are pretty large and would be absolutely life-changing along with bringing blessings to many others, not just myself. I was a bit anxious about it because sometimes big goals scare me. If your goals don't scare you then you are reaching high enough. Anyways, back to where I was headed...I literally woke up about 4:30 am this morning completely sick to my stomach (no details but you get the point). I would rather have any kind of sickness but a tummy sickness! I always feel like I am dying! I settled down again around 5:00 am or so and managed to sleep in until around 10:30 am. When I woke up, I still didn't feel well. Kinda like a huge knot in my stomach. I began to become very frustrated because it seems that every single time I set my mind on my goals and my personal growth...I GET SICK! I started to wonder why in the world does this happen to me EVERY SINGLE TIME! I could come up with all kinds of scenarios...maybe it is my anxiety or maybe its the devil trying to hold me down. We know he likes to keep us from following God's will. I was starting to get angry about it!
I sat down at my desk to do my praying (I use a prayer journal) and to read the bible. Selfishly, this morning my prayer was all about me! Since God is really the only one that can give me insight and fix my issues, I figured He wouldn't mind if I talked about myself the entire time. In the moment of prayer, I begin to have a thought about maybe this struggle of getting sick isn't my anxiety or isn't the devil. It may just be God teaching me discipline. Discipline has been my focus since the beginning of this year. A focus that I felt led to by God. We absolutely can't learn anything if everything is perfectly! We have to face a struggle in order to grow. A seed planted in the ground must struggle to break through the soil in order to become the blossom it is meant to be. A seed can't grow by just sitting in its little comfy package. There was something about that thought coming to my mind that gave me a little bit of peace about what I was dealing with. He wants me to push through even though I don't feel like it. That is DISCIPLINE. It reminds me of the time I asked for patience....that was certainly a long and hard lesson to learn! (still working on that one a little too)
Then came time to read the bible and my little devotion I have read through for a couple of weeks. Part of the lesson consisted of this:
"Keep your eyes on Jesus and the gate is more than wide enough for your to pass through. But if you focus on how small the entry looks, or on all the directions others around you are taking, then you will lose sight of the gate. In every decision, choose to stay focused on the example Jesus set for you. Eyes up...one foot in front of the other."
Along with those words was the verse Romans 8:37. In that moment I realized that no matter how I feel as long as I keep moving forward, God will handle it because I am more than a CONQUEROR through HIM that loved me! Since that moment, a sense of peace has come over me. My tummy ache isn't nearly as bad as it was but God will give me the grace to deal with it. I know that seems minor to those who are facing bigger struggles. I certainly don't overlook that! Even this is minor compared to some of the things I have had to face in the past. Each of us face different things and different times. We have to look to Jesus to show us the purpose and what He would have us to do and what He wants us to learn in those moments. Every moment in life serves a divine purpose. Nothing will go unused, it will be for the good that love the Lord, and all will be for His glory.
Just DO....and GOD will deal with the rest if it!