Purpose Behind The Pain..
“The attacks on your life have more to do with who you might be in the future than who you have been in the past.” -Lisa Bevere
This is such a powerful statement. It speaks so much volume on so many levels. This morning during my drive to drop my son off at school and go to work, I decided to listen to one of my FAVORITE preacher’s sermons. Pastor John Gray. Gosh, I love him! Normally, I listen to music and sing along with it so loudly that you would think I’m having a concert in my car (I know it’s ridiculous) but this morning for some reason I just felt like feeding my spirit at that time. Anyway, at the beginning of the sermon, he began talking about how he had basically been emotional lately because it seemed like the devil kept messing him.. just wouldn’t leave him alone! Have you ever felt like that? I know I have and I can relate! These past few months have been an emotional roller coaster for me. For a while it seemed like every time I turned around something was going on. Whether it was concerning my personal finances, trouble on my job, death of a loved one, drama in my family, an unexpected miscarriage, issues with my health, the stress and struggles of trying to balance being a mom, wife, friend, daughter and everything else.. there for a minute it got tough. And during this particular storm in my life, I couldn’t understand WHY I had to go through some of this stuff. It was so hard to deal with and there even times when I would go to God in prayer alone and just break completely down but at the end of the day, I knew that God had a purpose behind all of it. Regardless of what was going on, I knew that God was BIGGER than everything I was going through. More than anything, I realized that I was under attack of the enemy.
Pastor John Gray went on to say something that really clicked with me this morning. He said, “The devil is agitated because he knows that whatever “thing he had” that was connected to you, that access is about to be cut off!! So this is his last chance to see if you’ll get off track, to see if you’ll let go of the promise or to see if you’ll miss the voice of God. I don’t know who this is for but the enemy always saves his best fireworks for the end of his attack!! So if you can just survive this week, if you can survive this moment, if you can survive this drama at work, these haters that’s texting about you, if you can survive this one little argument between you & your spouse, if you can survive this season.. God is getting ready to break out on your behalf !! If hell has been coming against you please know that Heaven is on the way! If there has been drama between father and son, mother and daughter, it is because the enemy knows that the curse is about to broken and he will have no more authority!”
Everything he said this morning was pure conformation for me! Like, these words touched the core of my heart and dang near had me in tears before I walked into work because I know how hard these past few months have been for me but not once did I ever stop praying. As a matter of fact, I prayed until my head was lifted above my enemy. And even though my faith struggled at times, my circumstances were never strong enough to kill my trust in God. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again… sometimes what you go through is not always for you. It’s not always for your benefit but it’s actually to help those that you often seek to help! God assigns certain mountains to your life to show others that they can be moved. You never know how God is really using you, especially in the lives of other people. You never know who He’s connecting to you.
Whatever you’re going through right now, just remember that storms don’t last forever! You might not see the light at the end of the tunnel right now but I promise, it’s there. Of course, the devil works overtime to try and get you upset. Why? Because he knows that if you don’t remain peaceful, you can’t hear from God. If you watch your life, you’ll be amazed at how many times a week Satan launches an attack against you for the sole purpose of stealing your peace. Stay strong. Keep praying, pushing and fighting for another day because it gets better. It will get better!! & Remember.. “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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