Mighty Men and Women of Valor Armed and Ready for Battle

November 10, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s so funny how the enemy constantly attempts to distract or test God’s chosen ones, when the result is always success and elevation…. Maybe the enemy was created just for that purpose…to watch God’s chosen ones take off and soar into their destinies with great beauty and splendor….The enemy thinks his tests are breaking you but God is allowing these tests to develop, increase, expand and strengthen you!

God’s chosen ones know how to be strengthened and how to bounce back from trials…. They know from where their help cometh…. Our help comes From the Lord Almighty! They are humble and are not ashamed of being weak before the Lord, because they understand that it is in their weakness that God's strength is made perfect!

God has made us great women and men of resilience and power……….

                                Resilience and Power is in our DNA >>>> HOLY SPIRIT

 

"And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour." (Judges 6:12)

Trials of all Kinds

No matter how much we fear them, we can’t avoid them; no matter who we are. However, we can control how we respond to them and how we allow them to impact us. Trials come in all forms, colors, shapes and sizes. Whether little or large; insignificant or significant, trials are simply tests. We know that the basic purpose of a test is to examine the aptitude, strength, knowledge and ability of an individual. We also know that tests prepares an individual to enter into a newer and higher level of life. Did you know that you are in preparation for a beautiful season of greater fulfillment, increase and elevation? Hence the increase of so many trials! Trials propel us to the next level of our destiny, therefore it is necessary that we overcome them. God allows His children to be tested and tempted by the enemy in order to strengthen us and to teach us to depend solely on Holy Spirit for guidance and direction.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)


My Confessions

We have all at some point in our lives experienced great fear and anxiety right before sitting a major examination or presenting an important project for school. Although I would normally prepare thoroughly to sit all of my examinations and make presentations for projects, I would still often times fear the dreaded idea of failing that test or flunking the presentation I had work so hard to prepare for. However, I would always get extremely excited about the thought of the next refreshing and new phase of life I would enter into after passing that particular examination or nailing that important presentation. Why did I still have fear despite my preparations? Did I not prepare enough to have confidence that I would do well? Maybe, I still had fear because I was uncertain about what to expect to appear on those examinations, or maybe I wasn't fully trusting in God to see me through those tests. If I was fully prepared and fully trusting in God to see me through those tests then I would have no fear about the outcome or possible surprises. What is keeping you from fully trusting in God during your seasons of testing and trials? What if our perspectives on trials are shifted to a fail- proof one? What if we can approach a trial with the understanding and confidence that we have already won the battle? Tests can be either bitter -sweet or just sweet; it all depends on our preparations, perspective in life and who we are allowing to lead us through our seasons of testing.

What if I told you that it is possible to be both confident and calm during your seasons of testing?

You can; it is possible to overcome trials….just not in your own strength!

Many times I cried and fought my way through trials and many times I failed tests but I never allowed myself to camp out at failed attempts for long periods of time. I must admit, it is hard sometimes pressing through trials and it hurts sometimes when I don’t perform at my best while going through some tests. Many times I have even felt abandoned by God during trials. however I am now learning to trust in His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us and that He is good.

The beauty of being a child of God is that we don’t take our tests alone. God helps us to press our way through each one. He strengthens us not to pick up and carry our loads of trials, but to instead pick up His love and to soar over trials because He knows the great things He has in store for us.

Journeying through trials with Holy Spirit can be like an amazing adventure if we want it to be. Holy Spirit is adventurous and filled with wonderful surprises. He always has a solution for a problem or a way of escape from a temptation. Holy Spirit has a beautiful perspective on trials and is the Best Person to journey with through them. Journeying with Holy Spirit through life and trials is like going on an adventure to explore a new and exciting land or territory where you will have to pass through creepy yet interesting wildernesses and cool and refreshing waters and rivers to get to a beautiful island filled with  treasures, fulfillment and destiny. After all, we are destined to arrive at our God ordained destinations once we stay the course that God has laid out for us, follow His leading, be loved by His amazing never-ending love and never give up.

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)

 

Trials are inevitable; we need them in order to be thrust to the next level or phase of our destiny. Holy Spirit enables us to examine the very conditions of our hearts during seasons of testing. Our response to each test will reveal our heart’s present condition.

Trials remind us that we are getting closer to entering into a new and refreshing season. They strengthen, increase and expand us for elevation.

The wilderness (SEASON) of intense testing

Even Jesus was tested. In fact, the Bible tells us specifically in Matthew 4, that Jesus was led by Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (tested) by satan. Jesus was on a journey to fulfilling the will of His Heavenly Father in the earth. He was living a life of purpose; He lived to please His Heavenly Father ALONE.

‘And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said “If you are the Son of God command these stones to turn to bread”.’ (Matthew 4:2-3)

The tempter came to Jesus right after His fast when he knew Jesus would be extremely hungry and possibly weak. So the enemy tested Jesus in a possible area of weakness during His season of seeking God and drawing closer to Him.

The wilderness season of testing was necessary for Jesus to go through in order for Him to fulfill the great ministry and purpose that God had sent Him to the earth to fulfill.  We as followers of Christ must also at some point in our walk go through a wilderness season of testing if we desire to go deeper in our walk with Christ and to be used by Him in a greater capacity.

Did Jesus give in to the temptations of satan while in the wilderness? No, Jesus countered the attacks and temptations of the enemy by Holy Spirit and the word of God. So we need both the Spirit of God and the word of God to overcome trials. The word provides us with the knowledge needed to pass the test and the Holy Spirit applies that knowledge to our lives by giving us the power and strength to put the word of God into action.

‘But He answered and said, “It is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”.’ (Matthew 4:4)

Jesus wasn’t trying to please satan or to show satan what He was able to do. Jesus knew who He was and didn’t need to prove His identity to anyone. Jesus knew the purpose that God had sent Him to the earth to fulfill and did not allow the opinions or criticism of the enemy to distract Him from that mission or assignment.

Heart-Check: Who am I living to please daily? Do I desire to please God or man? Is my heart in the right place each time I perform a task, help someone or tell them about Jesus? How do I respond to my personal tests and trials when no one is watching me? What do I do when I am tempted to be jealous of my sister or brother in Christ who is succeeding? How will I respond to an invitation to gossip about a friend or relative? Will I wait for God’s timing or try to make things happen on my own? Will I trust God even in the trying seasons when I feel as if He has abandoned me? What kind of thoughts will I allow to enter into my heart and mind when someone hurts, offends or betrays me? Will I do the same hurtful thing to my sister or brother which they did to me? Do I do what is right when man is not watching me? Will I work to please the One who really matters?

The Bible has a solution to every possible issue or test that man will ever face while on the earth. We must meditate on the word of God daily and give Holy Spirit room to help us to apply these scriptures to our lives. Christ’s example in overcoming trials and temptations is the perfect one to follow. What better example is there to follow?

How do I refrain from working to please man?

It is not man we must answer to. It is not man who elevates and rewards. It is not man we must please. It is God alone Whom we must answer to and work to please daily. It is His breath in our lungs. He is the giver and taker of life. He gives us purpose and destiny and the grace needed to fulfill it. You see, it doesn’t matter if man fails to acknowledge or reward you for the good you do. It only matters if God is pleased by what you do.

“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:3-4)

God sees the work you do in the secret place when no one is watching and He will reward you in His perfect timing.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

Continue being faithful to Jesus and doing what is right in His eyesight from a genuine heart. Always Lean into Jesus for His strength and keep your eyes fixed on Him. It is by Christ alone that we are able to live a life that is pleasing in His eyesight. When your eyes are constantly fixed on Jesus and your heart set on pleasing Him alone, then the opinions and applauds of man won’t matter to you any longer. “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)

Why So many tests?

If our Heavenly Father is all knowing and He knows all of our strengths and weaknesses, why then are we allowed to go through so many tests and trials? You see, these tests must not be for God’s knowledge because He already knows our hearts; they must be for our benefit.

“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.” (Deuteronomy 8:2)

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness" Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Tests enable us to develop perseverance and patience. They help us to see that we are no good on our own and that we need a Savior. It is only through God that we are able to overcome all tests and trials. Tests gives us an opportunity to observe our own personal growth in Christ. During tests, Holy Spirit opens up our eyes to see not only our growth in Christ but also our weaknesses in our own strength; we are only able to overcome trials through Jesus who strengthens us. We get to examine the very conditions of our hearts during seasons of testing. Holy Spirit allows us to observe the conditions of our hearts by exposing it to us during tests.  Our response to each test will reveal our heart’s present condition. This exposure of our hearts is not to hurt us or to shame us but rather to bring restoration to the shattered and broken parts of our heart. Holy Spirit wants to teach us truth in order to renew our minds so that the conditions of our hearts are renewed and transformed to the heart, will and mind of Christ. The truth sets us free. 

Are you becoming weary and discouraged during your seasons of testing?

Don’t become discouraged, anxious, and guilty or defeated when you are in the midst of or have failed a test. Instead, pray and ask God to help you overcome them. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Just take a deep breath in and refuse to lean on your own understanding. Never try to understand a trial. Instead, seek to learn the lesson that Holy Spirit desires to teach you during that trial.

We must always remember that Tests are for our benefit; they mature us, strengthen us and bring out our true nature in Christ. Trials remind us that we are getting closer to entering into a new and refreshing season. Don’t accept the meaningless accusations of the enemy that leads you to believe that you are less than a child of God or abandoned by God during a trial.  When you are in the midst of a challenging situation, just know that you are coming out of that temporary place of testing and that you will never be defeated. Even if you feel that the trial is one that no one else can understand but you, remember that God also understands and He cares. His grace is sufficient for you. No trial you face is new to God or a surprise to Him. He understands and He has the solution to your problem; He is always willing to help you through it. Fix your eyes on Christ and listen to and follow His precious voice that is always speaking to you.

What do I have to look forward to after passing a test or trial?

Don’t despise your seasons of testing and waiting on God. It’s so important to pay attention to the lessons that Holy Spirit wants to teach us during each season of testing. This is why we must always ask God for discernment and guidance that we might be able to discern the seasons and times we are in presently. The tests and trials we encounter today have valuable lessons in them that will help us tremendously in the next season of our lives; they strengthen and mature us. It is always best to pray, seek God and patiently wait on Him to respond to us during each season of testing; this prevents us from becoming overwhelmed and weary by the tests and trials we encounter.

The children of Israel went through an intense season of testing and training before they were able to inhabit the land of promise. Therefore, tests prepares us to enter into our promised land.

“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.” (Deuteronomy 8:2)

 "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." (Hebrews 10:36)

Remember that God has to first expand and increase your capacity for more of Him and for His promises before He releases more to you. Through past trials, we are prepared to face, take down and conquer the greater giants that are included within the greater land of promise!

 


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Our Heavenly Father is eager for His sons and daughters to experience life in His fullness of life and love; this is why He never lets us settle at failed attempts. There is always an extreme empowerment by Holy Spirit that prompts us or nudges us constantly to get back up on our feet to try again after failed attempts. Don't ignore Holy Spirit's precious tugging. We are anointed not just to stay the course but to finish our race strong; we must believe this!

                                                             Praise Jesus, we are on His winning team!

God never leaves us nor forsakes us during trials and tests. He is the one Who brings back to our remembrance during tests, the things we have studied and learnt over the years. He is the great Teacher and Coach who leads and empowers us to take again those tests we failed at first attempt until we master them. He is a good Father Who desires to see all of His beloved children succeed in every aspect of their lives, hence the need and importance of passing a test before graduating to the next level.

ARISE AND CONTINUE WALKING GREAT MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD…Your Destiny, Purpose and Ministry awaits...

Blog Post Written by Andrika Moss

11/10/2016

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1 Comment on “Mighty Men and Women of Valor Armed and Ready for Battle

  1. This was so encouraging. This season of my life has really been challenging and its so easy to submit to our discouragements and disappoints and believe that God had forgotten about us. This has really helped me to remember that trials bring maturity and even though they are hard, they are necessary for growth. Thank you so much for this post. It was truly a blessing to me and it is very timely!

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