Blessings Come With Battles

God will use our promise to train us in warfare…
Have you ever felt promise heat? That promise heat, that promise struggle, gets tough when we get close. Sometimes it feels like when we pray hard it gets harder and when we stand up, more attacks show up.
God will teach us how to fight when the time is right.
Let’s unpack that…God uses the place He’s going to bless us in to teach us how to fight for our blessings. How to handle the conflict and the devils that come with new levels.
See, inheritance comes before possession. Between inheritance and possession there’s God warfare. When we inherit what God has for us, we have to be trained in the warfare that God knows will come with possession.
Put this in your spirit…When the children of Israel entered into the promise, God left some of their enemies in the land to teach them how to war for their promise. The Bible declares: “God left enemies in the land to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan…He did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience” (Judges 3:1-2).
Did you hear what God said? The warfare has a purpose. You won’t stand by those divine boundaries without divine tests that will convict you to stick by you. You won’t have a great relationship without divine tests that will convince you that a great relationship takes great work. You won’t guard your heart without warfare that pricks you to convince you that when God shows you who people are, believe Him. You won’t appreciate the right one until you get tired of the wrong one’s. 
You prayed for a business but did you understand the fight that comes along with possessing that promise? You can pray for a ministry, a marriage, authority to break generational curses but did you anticipate the attacks and the challenges that come along with that blessing? Most of us don’t. But God does…
“…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8)
God’s promises come with warfare that will train us how to keep and fight for the land that we possess. Why? Because God won’t take us to a place or level without training us in the warfare that will enable us to stay there.
You can be set free from a past relationship and no sooner that you get free, all hell breaks loose in your emotions. Before you were free you were miserable about being in bondage and now that you’re free, you’re struggling to be happy about being free. Why? Because the battle is not over your history, the battle is over your destiny…God is going to allow the conflict you need to convince you that you don’t need what you had. You will have to war through emotions that will work out any doubt.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).
The battle is not against you, it’s for you. I know that makes no sense, I know it might contradict everything you’ve heard but the truth is, God trains us in warfare in our winning season!
You won’t learn how to fight for peace until enough peace breakers convince you that your oil is not free and your anointing is not to be played with. You won’t trust God in the waiting season, you won’t stop doubting God when you can’t see what He’s doing, until you go through enough to figure out that whining does not win and doubt won’t get you out.
That perfect relationship comes with hard work. That new chapter comes with new responsibilities. That business comes with sacrifice. That ministry comes with being cut. That breakthrough will require you to break out of some stuff. Resurrection power comes with resurrection suffering (Philippians 3:10).
Somebody knows what I’m talking about…Some of us have prayed for God to open a door, release us from a situation, reveal an enemy, launch a ministry or business, or give us the desire of our heart, only to find out that the blessing comes with a whole ‘nother set of problems.
This is your winning season! Your possession comes with preparation beloved. It might feel like you’re going backwards, it might feel like you can’t catch a break, it might feel like the blessing is a burden but this is warfare for your welfare beloved. God is getting your mind right, your heart right so you can keep what He gave you.
Prophesy over your possession…”I’m not being punished, I’m being prepared!”
Pastor Patrick

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