I love God with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind and body. I crave His love, His presence and His will for my life.
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Psalms 51:5 KJV
Our flesh and the God in us will constantly be at odds. It is this constant battle that can be discouraging at times, so much so that I find myself asking God, “Why is salvation so hard?!?”
To feel the battle between what we feel like doing versus what we know God wants us to do can be exhausting! Yet in faith we have these seasons.
Does this mean that we’re any less saves? Not at all! It just means that God has allowed us to discover something in us that we can give over to him. It means that He has given us a lesson to be learned about ourselves and our character.
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
1 Peter 1:7 KJV
These tests and trials come to make us stronger, better in the faith so that we can build deeper, stronger relationships with God.
God is always willing to give us more of Him and sometime we won’t ask until we are confronted with one of these faith testing trials.
I don’t know about you, but it is so much easier to recognize the “big” battles in faith, than it is to catch the ”smaller” battles before they can cause damage.
It seems instinctual to pray for healing when a loved one is not well, but harder to remember that God cares just as much to fix our broken hearts.
We can remember to call on God for a financial miracle, but forget to ask Him for wisdom to manage our money better.
It can feel easier to ask God to change the hearts of others before remembering to check our own hearts first.
God is always looking to manifest His Spirit in us through the fruit His Spirit bears. This is how we win the smaller battles, by allowing God to make us more loving, gentle, patient and kind. God is always wanting to give us more joy, more peace, and more faith.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
He wants to prepare us with these characteristics so that our foundations are steady, so that when the big battles come we can be more ready.