THERE’S NOTHING LIFE BRINGS YOUR WAY THAT GOD CANNOT USE FOR HIS PURPOSE.
1. We all have unique personal histories.
You may have had a relatively uneventful life, while others have endured much hardship. Some of you have emotional and physical scars from your past. I understand that many men and women blame the past for their present difficult conditions. However, God wants to use your past for His glory, both your successes and your failures. You may have grown up with circumstances you’d rather forget. Yet how has God used the tragedies of your past to deepen your dependency on Him?
2. Do you understand that God walked with you through those trials to prepare you for a ministry to others?
The tragedies of life often force us to cry out to God. We watch as He takes our situation to bring glory to Himself and blessing to us. It would be sad for you to hold bitterness against God and blame Him for what you endured early in life. Never forget that God loves you dearly and brought you through those trials so you can experience His deeper presence in your life. God spared you to have a life filled with joy in your salvation and to give you the purpose and meaning for which you may be searching.
3. Are you consciously aware of the Father loves you? He is.
Don’t think that your background is too rebellious, too difficult, or too sinful for God to use you. If in your past you have deceit, robbery, hatred, racism, adultery, murder, or rebellion, you are in the same company as Moses, David, Paul, Abraham, Jacob, and others.
4. God doesn’t take you just the way you are but in spite of the way you are.
He takes your willing heart, regardless of its past, and creates a new heart, one that seeks after God. When that happens, you will know it is God who is doing the work and not you. (Joel Osteen – God’s Got This)
He can use experiences to equip us for ministry to others. God will bring circumstances to mind that will allow us to encourage others as we share how God was faithful through our struggles and victories. Each situation we face in life further develops our character.
6. Character is not only shaped by the crisis, but it is revealed in crisis.
When crises occur, you can discover quite a bit about yourself as you listen to the words that come out of your mouth, as you see what actions you take, and as you monitor your attitude and evaluate how Christlike it is.
7. Life’s circumstances teach us most about our character and God’s faithfulness.
God can use both our failures and our successes for His glory. He can take what we have done to ourselves and what others have done to us for His glory. Remember, “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more” (Romans 5:20).
8. Remember a wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors, there is safety. If you faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
Our strength is not measured by the good times but is measured by the bad times. When we face the battles and trials of this life, then we will see just how strong we really are. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
9. Many times we think we are going to be overtaken by the problems.
The pressures that come our way: but the Lord has promised not to put upon us more than we can bear. Sometimes we think we can’t possibly bear any more. Things can get pretty heavy. At times we think we’ll be swept away by the trial: but thanks be to God, He is always there to give what we need to go on.
10. Faith believes God even when the circumstances deny His promises.
No matter what it looks like, no matter what it feels like, we can still stand by faith, believing the Lord. We need to be drawing strength from God when going through bad times when going through times where we feel we can’t go on any further. Know that the Word of the Lord is true, and when we go to the Scriptures we can draw strength from them. He gives power to the weak (faint), And to those who have no might He increases strength. ~ Isaiah 40:29
11. It’s a promise that the Lord will give strength when we need it.
We do need to be strengthened when facing these battles. Now, everybody has their own battles and they have to rise up and fight them themselves. Nobody else can fight their battle for them — nobody, other than the Lord.
12. The Lord is there to bring us out into victory.
But, as far as humans are concerned, there’s no human who can fight our battles for us. We have to rise up ourselves and fight those battles in the power of the Lord, Psalms 23:14 says “I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living”.
13. Your ‘APPOINTED TIME’ is near
God is not governed by the time he is over time, but in order for us to understand what he’s trying to get us to see, he has to use things we can relate to like time, however, don’t try to figure it all out. You’ll never truly be ready for your appointed time, just like David wasn’t ready for he’s (1 Samuel 16:1-13). No matter how much praying, fasting, and reading you do, you’ll always be a great way off from what God called you to do.
14. Until the time comes to fulfill your dreams, the Lord will test your character.
Edifying not destruction, and the spiritual progress of others. When your appointed time is near, the things or areas where you struggle the most will seem to intensify.
15. Don’t be afraid.
God will provide for you, God will support you and your children, God will comfort you, God will cheer you up, God will restore hope, God will strengthen you, God will speak to you kindly. all you need to say is Lord, I would like to make a withdrawal today from my reserve supply that’s in heaven.