In great challenge there is great victory. In your home and in work, I give you this great fuel of growth. No man grows quicker than one in the midst of challenge. He that reaches for Me in the midst, grows even more quickly. I create in the physical that which can be used for the spirit. Flesh can battle flesh, but it is My Spirit that will prevail. Some are satisfied by their own strength. They look to the mirror for courage, but these are the least courageous, looking to a reflection that has no power. He that is truly courageous looks to a power not seen and not of his own. My hand gives strength of spirit that nourishes the soul of the eternal man – here is true growth. A man may prosper with a strong body, and train as such, but his strength will fail as with all men. But he that stands by My strength renews again his own, and it will not deplete for time and age. Rejoice in the challenge. Drink deeply from the living water, and your strength will well up within you, and you will soon fear no challenge. Find your strength in Me. Lift again your head, stare deeply into the dark, and fear not its darkness.
John 16:33 (ESV) – “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Bottom Line: We are comfortable when there is smooth sailing, and we hate when things go wrong. When things go very wrong, we may fear that our strength, our knowledge, or our resources will not be enough – and maybe they won’t be. Our Lord allows such circumstances to draw us closer to Him, and to grow us spiritually. When we call on the Lord’s strength to get through one trial, we have more trust, faith, peace and courage when the next one shows up on the horizon.