No matter what kind of season we're going through, it will always be followed up with something tough, something great, or something to test our faith. We can't predict what's next to come, but what I've found peace in is knowing that the Lord has equipped me for whatever He is going to throw my way. I'm in a season of growth, a season of being challenged to fully listen to and surrender to the Lord. Letting go of expectations & fear of man.
In 2 Corinthians 5:2, Paul says that we should prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord, so we should make it our goal to please Him and not ourselves. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. I think it's safe to say that what our culture deems as "normal" really isn't right.. but it's so easy to buy into that when it's so socially accepted. Instead, we should fix our attention on God.
We will be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around us, always dragging us down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
This season that I'm in has had it's fair share of spiritual warfare (that rhymed), but really, Satan has been feeding me lies that are deafening at times. But guess what, those lies do not come from Jesus, they come from Satan, and he is completely powerless. There's so much comfort in knowing that the Lord overpowers Satan, always, and that the He only speaks truth to us. My struggles always seem to surface whenever I'm in a season of growth, and it's because I am acting as a direct threat to Satan and he wants to do everything in his power to hinder that growth.
As 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come.” I am a NEW creation and what's in my past is in my past — all of my trials have & will continue to turn into triumphs because the Lord is so faithful. I know that I have been redeemed and I know that the Lord loves me just as I am, I am exactly where He wants me to be. "Every darkness is exposing a light," and that light is God's goodness and His love shining on us and through us.
I'm learning to just be still in that, and be still with the Lord to grow closer to him with each day. This world is so temporary, so fleeting, everything we do on earth should be glorifying to our Father in heaven. He has a place waiting for us in his home which is so, so comforting. Living in the "now," rather than being anxious about the future is a challenge for me, it’s something I have to surrender every single day.
I want to encourage you, friend. The Lord breaks us of that vicious cycle, He takes away that anxiety and fear. He makes it known that HIS plans are so much greater than our own. We serve one faithful Father and He is one who will never leave our side, no matter what trials come our way. If you’re in a season that’s tough, I hear ya, but please be reminded that you are a child of the one true king.