In Spite of it All, I Won't Quit
Psalm 34:19 NLT - The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
One night I had a dream that I was talking to a Christian lady who was dealing with some difficulties but continued in whatever God had called her to do. When I asked her how or why, she said that the Lord told her she was spiritually mature enough, spiritually developed enough, and spiritually committed enough to not quit.
These words stuck with me and caused me to think about some things. I thought about how often we believed that the ones who have been saved the longest and who are the most mature in Christ would have fewer struggles than the immature ones. Most times we feel as if the undeveloped saint is the one who invites trouble into their lives because of unwise choices. While this may be true, it is not the ONLY way nor the ONLY reason why saints of God face difficulties.
If you have been growing in Christ, then you know that difficulties can be used to distract you or to develop you. It’s your choice!
Don’t be delusional, in this life, difficulties will never disappear. (John 16-33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”)
As an OVERCOMER in Christ, your trials and troubles are not designed to make you quit or to throw in the proverbial towel. You are better than that.
Difficulties don’t equal defeat even when you find yourself in a place of despair. When handled correctly, these difficulties are simply part of the development process as you mature in Christ. A change of perspective helps us to accept our uninvited discomfort with grace. (2 Corinthians 12:10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.)
The mature Christian gets this! The pleasure isn’t in what we are going through, per se. The pleasure is in watching the Spirit of Christ in us outpower the flesh that comes to make us quit!!!