There are many reasons one could be ill at ease spiritually. Grieving the Holy Spirit with sin could, SHOULD, make us uncomfortable. I challenge you to consider an intentional state of discomfort. The pressing, the fire, the intense attacks, are all states of incongruence between our Spirit man and our flesh. When we encounter fierce pressure we seek to relieve it, but to the contrary, God wants to leave us in the heat or pressure device until we are purified-pressed to the point of releasing His purpose in our lives. It is unlikely that I am alone in feeling that the pressure or heat becomes so unbearable that it feels as if I am about to pop, crumble, or break, but Oh Hallelujah I grow more resilient, resisting destruction while gaining fortitude in Jesus name. Glory to God! The opposite effect occurs. How is it that pressure strengthens some but causes others to fall apart?
“Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined by these trials. But the wicked will continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. Only those who are wise will know what it means.” Daniel 12:10
It is my belief that when some run to God to cope with the intensity, they undoubtedly grow, whereas others run from God, becoming weaker. I’ve experienced both states. During the majority of my seasons of discomfort I chase after God, once in His presence, I cling to Him. This attack, chase action is what God desires. It is one of the beautiful benefits of suffering. Regrettably, I’ve also been attacked and fled to the things of this world, which will never produce the power in me that is only found in God’s presence. Just yesterday, my faith was activated and focus on Jesus, yet sometime around late afternoon, my focus became the impossibility of my situation. I even considered that my hope was in vain. Quickly, my husband reminded me that I was responding out of my flesh and not my faith. What happens when we stay in the arms of doubt and fear for years? Do we lengthen our struggles simply because we will not run to God, trusting Him over our feelings about a given trial?
“Judah’s defenses have been stripped away.
You run to the armory for your weapons.
You inspect the breaks in the walls of Jerusalem.
You store up water in the lower pool.
You survey the houses and tear some down
for stone to strengthen the walls.
Between the city walls, you build a reservoir
for water from the old pool.
But you never ask for help from the One who did all this.
You never considered the One who planned this long ago.”
God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Ghost work in concert, not in contradiction to the purpose of the heat, strain, and unsettling attacks in our lives. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus is making an invitation for those of us that are spent, downtrodden, and just plain tired, to come to Him. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” How can a believer in Jesus Christ become weary? Personally, I’ve become weary of waiting, doubting then believing, repetitiously. Quite frequently, I have wondered if I am waiting for God, or is God waiting for me. Perplexed, I simply refuse to sit idly by when my next action could relieve the discomfort and propel me into my blessing. This is another trick of Satan. God does not need my help. In fact, when God is preparing something for his children, a blessing to be a blessing, He does not need us in the way. Get out of the kitchen! The hard part is that there are times when God does reveal to us the next step to take before He makes His next move. Interestingly, I have already received instructions on what to do- WRITE! Why then am I busily, often aimlessly wandering to and fro trying to assist God in assisting me? What are Gods instructions to you in this season?
I have noticed that instead of taking outward actions to give God a helping hand in my blessing, God reveals inward ungodliness that He wants me to bring to Him, thus better preparing me for His next level blessing. Consider, that even the filth that rests in our hearts is not up to us to “fix”, rather we humbly bring those things to God. Our Dad knows how weak we are; He loves our dependence on Him. Jesus is not somewhere looking at us, eating popcorn, saying, “I wonder how they are going to get out of this situation and fix that in their hearts.” The miracles we see in biblical days did not require many steps.
- The person trusted Jesus’ ability and willingness to heal.Often they positioned themselves before Him to receive the healing.
- Jesus was filled with compassion.
- The person was healed miraculously by Jesus.
It was not required of the individual who was in discomfort to find a solution to the abnormality, deficiency, or illness. Hallelujah! I do not need a solution; I have a Savior!!! Brothers and sisters, let us consider the purpose for our discomfort, what God wants to heal in us, ever-reminded that He is aware, concerned and will move in due time.
Words are not enough to put my helpless soul to rest, I need the powerful truth of God to give ease to my troubled heart. How can we rest assured that God is going to change things?
““But suddenly, your ruthless enemies will be crushed
like the finest of dust.
Your many attackers will be driven away
like chaff before the wind.
Suddenly, in an instant,
I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, will act for you
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with whirlwind and storm and consuming fire.
All the nations fighting against Jerusalem
will vanish like a dream!
Those who are attacking her walls
will vanish like a vision in the night.”
Suddenly, our assailants will be defeated and God will move on our behalf. What great joy fills my soul when I consider the mighty hand of the Lord continuously at work for us! But what if I made some mistakes while I was waiting for God to move? Well, God knowing our natural ability to make a simple faith walk difficult, or cause a temporary trial to have lasting effects, made provisions for us in advance.
“O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption.” Psalm 130:7
“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16
Discomfort is an intolerable state in which many of us seek relief instantaneously. If we are cold, we take the effort to get warm and go to great lengths to escape the heat. When we feel hunger pangs we eat, to reduce those feelings of uneasiness. What should we do when we are uncomfortable in a Spiritual sense? Trust God! Hallelujah! We are to trust God to heal, fill gaps, mend our brokenness, provided financially, in short, we are to faith that God can and will meet our every need. Additionally, we should be able to rest in our discomfort. Similar to waiting in an emergency room, knowing that the doctor is on the way. Somehow the pain, bleeding, throbbing sensations are not that bad. Glory! Our Doctor is not limited to modern medicine and several years of training. We have a Doctor that will remove our discomfort once its purposes have been fulfilled. What a mighty God we serve!
Well, this can’t be God, because it hurts too much
He can do anything, where is His touch?
I asked for instructions, You told me to do this next
Why aren’t you moving, and my spirit perplexed?
Yet in still, I’ll trust you, learning to be content
Casting my cares upon You, waiting for Your intent
Purpose fulfilled, disparity removed, divinely indeed
My Great Physician will continue to supply my need
I will not go round corners searching for what’s in you hand
I’ve confessed that it hurts, and my Dad understands!
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