Resolve to Pass the Test
Hello friends, I hope you’re all doing well! I’m so glad to be done with classes in my third year of university. I was horrified of the glorified institution of higher education where everyone was smart, had their life together, and was ready to take over the world. I mean, I always imagined that university was the natural step after secondary school, but I was so underprepared (and afraid) that I gleefully did ALevels although all my mates were heading to university.
Alas, here I am, still clueless about a lot of things, but taking over the world nonetheless because I know whose I am.
Today is the day I have been waiting for. Omgassshhh! We have such an important topic at hand! Today is the day to stop losing. When you go through fire, it should not burn you, but like the three Hebrew boys in the book of Daniel, you must recognize that there’s a Prince standing with you in the fire. He is not there to take the fire away, but to comfort you and encourage you while you pass through the fire.
Like gold, you have to be purified. The most precious vessels go through the hottest fire. Your endurance has to be tried and tested for you to receive the crown of righteousness. So you have to resolve to pass the test. It's absolutely necessary.
I love, love, love this song. It reminds me of God's faithfulness, which is more than enough to keep us going. Please press play to enjoy the song <3
Here are a few tips that help me withstand fire every single time.
1. Acknowledge what’s going on. If you suddenly begin to deal with anxiety, fear, or worry, you must take a break and find the source of those feelings. Sometime ago I read a NY Times article that highlighted the importance of naming your emotions. Naming your emotions means that look within yourself and figure out why you’re feeling a particular way at a given time. This has improved my self awareness by leaps and bounds.
Now I understand who I am better, and I also understand why I may act a certain way, and why I respond to certain things the way I do. This has also changed the way I pray. When I have more clarity, I attack problems from the root, rather than trying to destroy the fruits. If I find that I’m getting upset at a particular person, I ask myself questions like - what am I feeling right now? Am I upset, am frustrated? Am I jealous? Am I transferring stress from other areas of my life to this situation? I cannot stress how much this has helped me, perhaps I should do a separate post?
2. Saturate Yourself in the word of God. You can never get enough of the bible. You cannot beat God in your devotion to Him, so when you think you know enough, strive to gain just a little more. When you think you’re all set with your spiritual life, challenge yourself to go a little deeper with the Lord. God is infinite, so there’s always more to discover. He steadily surprises those who seek with new levels of anointing and refreshes them in His word. The word of God is a sword that protects you all around. The word of God is all the armor and ammunition you need in this world. It keeps you grounded and increase your faith, because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. It is a double edged sword that we cannot do without.
3. Remain in Prayer: Similar to #2 above, you have to get on your face before the Lord. Lie flat in your bedroom and cry your heart out. He is close to the brokenhearted and He hears when we call upon Him. Feel free to cry, cry, and when you’re done crying, cry some more. But the trick is to cry in prayer. Don’t waste your tears! Let them be a channel through which you get to God. I know that some people say christians shouldn’t be crying, but can we just acknowledge that we’re all human? Cry, if it makes you feel better. Cry and pray. Cry and pray. Don’t cry and watch chick flicks, or play sad music in the background. Cry and call upon the Lord. Encourage yourself in the Lord like David did. And when you’re done, take a shower and get some sleep. When you wake up, carry your prayers with you everywhere you go. Remember that the sun will shine again, you will make it through, and you will smile again.
Bonus point. Pray one word Prayers: I’ve only recently heard about one word, or one phrase, or one sentence prayers and they work wonders. As much as we need the time alone with the Lord, the reality is that you may find yourself breaking down in the middle of the day. What do you do? You say your short prayers. I shall pass this test. I will make it through. I am a victor and not a victim. Jesus already died for me to have life! Greater is He that lives in me than he that is in the world. Jesus loves me.
These short prayers are quick, easy to remember, and easy to repeat, even when you're in the most difficult situation. Heaven responds as you chant your prayers because they are backed by faith in God. How amazing is that?
That’s it for today, friends. Resolve to go into this week and overcome all the hurdles that you face! What tips and tricks can you share with us? What has helped you overcome adversity so far? Please share with us in the comments below!
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