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10.27.19 – Growing Through the Struggle

Have you ever found yourself in a place that feels like God is allowing the struggle to pull new growth out of you?

Have you ever found yourself in the place of having to make the decision, “…am I going to rise above this with the Lord (whatever the situation, feeling, thought, assumption, emotion, etc) or am I not? Am I going to choose to grow from this, or am I going to allow myself to fall?”

God gives us the way, He gives us the path, but it’s up to us if we choose to follow His way out of where sin and struggle attempts to pull us into.

“For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” – Galatians 5:17

I struggle a lot with being overly sensitive about things. There are good things about “sensitivity” but there are also dangers that I am having to learn to be aware of. The Lord is showing me how to be on guard, how to stop and run to Him before just going with my feelings or assumptions about a situation.

Sometimes I fall flat on my face during these lessons.

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” – Proverbs 4:23

I struggle with letting go. I struggle with stopping my mind from going places it shouldn’t go. What ifs and wonderings and storylines of how things could go… all of this wastes time and wears me down if I don’t let go of it and cling to the Lord for dear life to get me out of that place.

I feel things deeply, I think about things deeply –but I know that I can’t live by how I feel. I know that I can’t trust my own thinking without first trusting the Lord. Living by my emotions and assumptions and going wherever they take me is dangerous, it’s a downward spiral if I don’t let go of where my feelings and emotions are taking me. I know that I have to cling to the Lord, I have to make the decision to stand on His truth, regardless of how the situation seems or feels.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

I was created to stand on a Rock that would make me unshakable.

“He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” – Psalm 62:6

Thank You, Lord. ?

-Heather ?

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