Child of God,
When outsiders (close to you, or strangers) look into your world and see your hurts and your struggles, it may seem a slight thing to them. They may see that your blessings so much outweigh your complaints that they scoff at how ridiculous you sound; especially in light of all they suffer. They don’t see you, they compare your world to theirs, never stopping to consider that what you wrestle with is the very trying of your faith.
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As others grapple with their own faith and get frustrated with their own doubt and unbelief, they may hold you in high esteem and wonder how you could even bring up your struggles in light of theirs, whether you know how much they struggle or not.
But, know this, God sees your heart. When no one else seems to understand what you’re going through or how much you hurt, God sees you and understands. He’s not ignoring you or playing on His cell phone there on the sidelines while you’re getting tackled on the field.
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God sees you. He holds your breath in His hands. He’s continuously pouring His life into you, even when it seems you’re at your weakest.
God hears you. He saves your tears as treasures, because He knows how much they cost you. He knows when it’s a battle to even shed those tears, when they won’t quite breech the surface of your eyes. (Psalm 56:8)
God feels your heart break. He’s forever joined to your spirit, facing your pain and anguish with you.
No matter how you read Isaiah 59:19 – God is there to rescue you.
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
“When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
Moving the comma only accents where the flood is coming from; do you feel the raging flood of your enemy? Or do you allow the flood of God’s raging rescue?
No matter how small your struggles feel when you compare them to the struggles others face – they are the trying of your faith.
Stop comparing battles, don’t be discouraged if others don’t take you seriously.
God is in this with you all the way. ---All. ---The. ---Way.
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“…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
The trying of your faith proves the power that’s within you. God already knows how strong you are; He IS the power that’s within you. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead – LIVES IN YOU! (Romans 8:11)
He’s merely exposing that power, so that you can see it and use it!
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32 (KJV)
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