Do You Grow or Wilt in the Difficult Times?

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…” 1 Peter 1:7

Let’s face it, the world we live in isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Each one of us face difficulties and naturally some are worse than others but how we react is the bottom line……do we wilt or grow during these seasons? One thing we have to realize is that God is not going to deliver us from every difficulty …… He is not going to keep us from every challenge because if He did, we would never grow. The Scripture says, “Our faith is tried in the fire of affliction.” When you’re facing a difficult time, change your thinking a wilting mentality to a growing mentality because this time is an opportunity for your faith to shine.

Anybody can get negative and bitter, blame God, or lose their passion ~ that’s an easy option because of our humanness! However,  if we want to pass the test, if we want God to take us to a new level, we cannot be a wilting, weakling, instead we’ve got to be a warrior.  We have to dig our heels in and say like Paul, “I can handle it. I’m ready for it. I’m equal to it. I know God is still on the throne. He is fighting my battles, and on the other side of this difficulty is a new level of my destiny!”

If we will just hold our faith and choose to grow rather than wilt during the difficult times, we will come out looking and smelling like the rose God intends us to be.

Father, thank You for refining me and growing my faith. I choose to stand strong in the midst of difficulty. I choose to bless You no matter what my circumstances are. I trust that You are leading and guiding me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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