Friday, April 24, 2015

When The Going Gets Rough!

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice. (Prov. 8:20) 

Vision is the ability to see God's presence, to perceive God's power, to focus on God's plan in spite of the obstacles. 

When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic. Your attitude stays positive rather than negative. Not foolishly positive, as though in fantasy, for you are reading God into your circumstances. So when a situation comes that cuts your feet out from under you, you don't throw up your arms and panic. You don't give up. Instead, you say, "Lord, this is Your moment. This is where You take charge. You're in this." 

This is nothing more than having a strong belief in the power of God; having confidence in other around you who are in similar battles with you; and, yes, having confidence in yourself, by the grace of God. Refusing to give in to temptation, cynicism and doubt. . . . It's hanging tough when the going gets rough. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

Let's face it. Life gets rough for everyone that is living. The rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. The sun also rises and falls on the righteous and unrighteous alike as well. The going will get rough for all of us at one point or another. What it boils down to is how we will react to those hard times when they come. 

Hard times will come and will influence the course of our lives. When the going gets rough, it will either break us or make us. As Christians, when the going does get rough, it's a must that we have God helping us and guiding us every step of the way. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, Counselor, Protector, and Enabler. It is the Holy Spirit that we as Christians tap into as He indwells us to show us the way we should go. 

When the going gets rough, we must take the time to ask God for wisdom, grace, patience, and understanding when the rough going winds up taking longer than we had originally hoped. When the rough going takes radically longer that hoped for, we must respond in humility, not in pride. It was pride that made the Israelites travel through the desert for forty years instead of approximately twelve days. When the going gets rough, it is supposed to help us build character. The end result of the rough going is to help us create godly character in us. As a result of the rough going, God will use that experience in your life as a way for you testify of God's faithfulness and goodness. It is through that testimony that others who don't know Jesus will be transformed as well with a fresh, godly perspective when the going gets rough in their lives. Here's the bottom line: 

Be encouraged when the going gets rough! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).