As believers we trust that our lives will be in line with how God desires it to be. Many of us do not know that faith is work. Faith requires us to live through the hard times to enjoy the better times. It also is a muscle that must be exercised at all times.
But what do we do when we feel faith is not enough? How do you get through difficult situations that you can’t see a solution to?
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:13
I have to be honest and say to you that the struggle is consistently real. The enemy uses people, often our close relationships, to keep us hindered from the promise.
Many of us struggle to become who God purposed us to be because of who we allow around us that influence our lives.
I used to wonder all the time why I could not maintain certain friendships in the past only to realize those people were not meant to join me where I am going.
I repeat, not all relationships will make it with you to the end. In this kingdom work that God has placed on us, it will require an endurance that many do not have. It requires a resilience that many cannot possess. It requires a mindset that many are not mature enough to utilize.
And once we realize all of this, what then are we required to do?
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
As believers we have a job to do. We cannot live in this world and be of this world. What feels good here is not always going to resonate in the kingdom. Kingdom work is sacrifice and killing the flesh must be our priority.
COVID woke us up to how temporary our lives really are. We lost family, we lost friends, we lost co-workers, and we at times lost ourselves to the anxiety and fear of the uncertainty.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Now that we are halfway through this year, how are you using the time? God purposed you to do exceedingly and abundantly more than what you could have ever thought or dreamed.
Doing new things and trusting God to see you through can be hard. But in having a kingdom mindset, you see the long term benefits compared to the short term challenges.
Take inventory on who you surround yourself with. Kingdom mindset opens your spirit to see who God needs you to influence and who needs to influence you.
The question you should ask yourself when it comes to the work you are doing or the relationships you are pursuing…..is it kingdom?
As always you know you got this!