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The Struggle Is Real

The struggle is real. We’ve all heard that before and we know that there is nothing easy about this faith walk. You can be on the mountaintop one day and in the valley the next. Some days you got it going on and some days you got to pray to get out of the bed.
 
What makes the struggle really real is when we add expectation to it. Expectation for more, for better, for a shift or a breakthrough. You were fine when you didn’t want more but if you noticed, as soon as you said, “I want more,” as soon as you started to get back up, as soon as you started working on it, as soon as you started climbing out, all hell started to break loose.
 
People started acting crazy, stable turned unstable, comfortable turned uncomfortable, good was no longer good enough, strong was no longer strong enough, emotions started to have a mind of their own, and joy stopped getting up when you did. Don’t Panic.
 
You won’t struggle in Christ until you start pushing in Christ. A faith struggle can only come from a faith push. Struggle without a push is not a faith struggle, it’s just a life problem. A faith struggle is bigger than we are. A faith struggle happens when the natural starts to access the supernatural promises of God.
 
The enemy wants to block this delivery. The enemy wants you to forget about the price you’ve already paid and walk away from this promise. You’re pushing for supernatural and you are being supernaturally attacked — “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
 
The enemy is not interested in us when we aren’t interested in the supernatural, the impossible, the divine pardon, the grace escape, the Goliath victory. When you demanded more, when you made up your mind to claim your victory, when you started going after your recovery, your healing, your promotion, your dream, your breakthrough, the enemy said, “Not over his dead tricks” (1 Peter 5:8).
 
The struggle showed up because you rose up. You declared war. When you started going after your more the enemy started going after your mind — and now you have to get into position to fight right (Isaiah 26:3). Put this in your spirit: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Submitted to God is the position that we have to be in to resist the struggles caused by the enemy (Psalm 94:19).
 
When the struggle comes — mental or emotional, step back, put it down, pray and wait on the Lord. You’re entering a new level, the next level of faith that you need grace for (2 Corinthians 12:9).  You’re being blessed beyond your comfort zone, above your last level of faith, and now you’re going to have to square up with truth, mind up to see and hear the enemy coming, and God up to go up: “But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
 
Remember, sometimes we have to thin out our circle, put people on a time out and remove negative people when we’re in a power struggle. When you fight the fight, a friend to your weakness is an enemy to your greatness.  Keep your circle tight, your faith right, your fight right and with God, everything will turn out right.
 
Share and be blessed
 
Pastor Patrick
 
 
 
 
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Your Light Matters

 
Some people will meet God when they meet us, or they will wonder why God is necessary when they meet us.  Whatever you’re going through right now, remember that somebody needs you to hear from God, to win and to go back and lift somebody else up.
 
A young guy was asking me about God and said, “Why do people want to believe in a God that lets bad stuff happen to people for no reason?” I had the bible response — God works all things together for the good…” (Romans 8:28), but I sensed he was wanting something more than just a bible quote.  People seeking God tend to not be seeking a canned response or a cliche — they really want to know why are there so many that claim God but don’t have joy, peace, comfort or wisdom.
 
I asked him, “How many times have you succeeded in life without growing or working for it, or been grateful for something that you didn’t work for?” Of course he said, “Never.” Then he said, “But why do I need to believe in God just to have to go through the same things or work the same as I did without God?”
 
Hmmm.  I said, “If everybody goes through the same problems, and they will, does everybody have the ability to be coached through, guided through and grown through a problem by the wisdom that created them?”  He said, “You don’t have to believe in God to get help in a problem.”
 
Hmmm.  I said, “Do you have the answer to every problem, struggle or challenge inside of you — ready to help, heal and guide you whenever life shows up?”  He said, “No.”  I said, “The difference between going through with God and going through without God is like showing up to a gun fight with a bee bee gun vs. a cannon.”
 
A relationship with God means that we are in God’s hands — our life, our potential and our purpose are in God’s plans.  We will go through difficulties and challenges just like everybody else (Matthew 5:45), but we’re not what happened, we’re what will happen when your life is in God’s hands.  We don’t go through life’s troubles and difficulties alone, we have a helper, a perfect counselor, to guide us into the knowledge of how every test in life matures and grows us to fulfill God’s plans for our life (John 14:26). A problem without God is just a problem.  A problem with God is a key that unlocks the door to destiny.
 
He said, “Well how do you even know what to pray for or what to ask God for when a problem comes up, a situation knocks you down or you just mess up?”  I said, “When we believe in God and have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are not alone, we have the Spirit of God in us.  The Holy Spirit teaches us, prays for us and, helps us to hear and see God’s perfect will for our lives in all things (Romans 8:26-28).  We have a destiny coach, trainer, teacher and cheerleader in the Holy Spirit.”  
 
He said, “I need this Holy Spirit.”  I said, we all do, we all do…  Then he said this, “Why don’t more people who say they have a relationship with Jesus and have the Holy Spirit, have more hope than the average person then?  I mean, if belief in Jesus guarantees that all things will work out for the good, why do most Christians I know sound like they don’t know that scripture?  I read Facebook posts everyday from Christians and they sound worse off than me.” I said, “believing in God does not always mean we trust in God, we listen to God or that we follow the wisdom of God.”  He said, “If more Christians showed us God when they’re going through it, Christianity would be more believable…”
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Everybody is watching us — even when we don’t know it.  They’re watching what we do different with the difference.  This young guy, like most people, will meet God when they meet us, our lives, our get back up again, our hope in the struggle.  Life is not supposed to be free from pain, problems or tests, it’s suppose to prove that we have the ability, with God, to navigate and conquer all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us.
 
Maybe God is allowing what you’re going through right now to prove that He is real, that He is faithful, that all things work together for the good, that He rewards those who seek Him, that Joy comes in the morning.  Maybe God is using you as the quote, the word wrapped in flesh, the example and not just a generic sound.  You are powerful beyond measure.  Walk in the glory that rests on you, your life, your struggle (2 Corinthians 12:9) — God’s got somebody He wants you to show what struggle looks like when you have God on your side.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
Pastor Patrick
Senior Pastor, FAITHHILL Church
 
 
 
 
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Stand Up To It

If you stand up to this, it cannot stand up to you.  The winds may come, the attacks may come but you got this. It’s not easy to stand without support but you have support, you have God’s angels standing behind you, protecting you against every trick, every scheme and every assault.
 
Put this in your spirit: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11).  They thought you didn’t have backup but what they didn’t know is that you have backup, front-up and side-up. You aren’t standing in your own strength, you’re standing in faith in God’s strength, in the strength of your future self, in the strength of your destiny.
 
It’s going to get rough at times, you’re going to feel like giving up, you’re going to get tired and emotions will try to talk you into counting yourself out but you will not sit down on you, you will not give in and you will not let what you see cancel what you believe (Isaiah 40:31).
 
You aren’t just standing for you.  You’re standing for the people who doubted you, you’re standing for the people who lost hope and need your testimony to believe again, to trust again and to find their way back again.  You’re standing because you didn’t just learn how to fight, you’ve been fighting all of your life.  You’ve been knocked down before and you know that if you stand up to it, it cannot stand up to you.
 
Pray for courage.  Some folks think that we don’t have a need to pray for our unbelief but they don’t know that when you go to new levels of faith, you need a new level of belief, a new level of trust.  This is not an old fight, this is a new fight and you don’t have to pretend with God (Mark 9:24). Pray for courage — “God, I’m standing for my blessing but the wind is strong and it’s taking everything I have to trust on this new level.  Thank you in advance for giving me the courage to trust you more, for giving me the ability to use more of my faith for more of your grace.”
 
When God is taking you higher, you have to stand taller, stronger and sometimes longer than you ever have before.  New wisdom comes from refusing to give up, learning how to stay in peace while walking in pieces, and surrendering our will to God’s will — on new levels.  Encourage yourself, speak life over your mission, refuse to let emotions cancel your devotion to standing. Remove people who add weight to your wait and who cannot support your greatness in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:10).  An enemy to your greatness is a friend to your weakness.
 
The bible said, “Hope will not disappoint you” (Romans 5:5).  No matter what emotions say, no matter what your doubters say, no matter what the devil says, no matter what it looks like and no matter how long you’ve been standing, you cannot lose a fight that you refuse to give up on.  
 
Keep standing, keep pushing, keep your heart filled with hope, keep your mind focused and keep worshiping. Pray, stand and fight with truth. This is the process in the promise, the valley before the victory, the push before your delivery.  Stand up to it, stay in peace, put wisdom in your work, and this giant will fall!
 
Share and be blessed.
 
Pastor Patrick
 
 
 
 
 
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