11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Ever see yourself in a place in life where you are struggling with just about everything you put your hand to! You look around and most of the people you were accustomed to having around you seem to have faded out. The phone has stopped ringing like it used to, the texts has all but faded , your facebook page doesn’t get the likes it used to, and if there is anything you need there are very few people you can rely on!
Every step you take to progress, it seems as if it causes you to fall a few steps further behind. You have sat back and watched everyone around you move forward, and the blows are still coming at you! You think you have positioned yourself to miss the next one but, POW; it hits you again! Some questions that come to mind in many cases are; “God why is this all happening to me?” “What did I do to deserve this?” “How long is this going to last?”
The problem in many believers lives is that they are trying to fix everything themselves! They apply their know how to every situation and by doing so it only causes more havoc in their lives! Many people believe that as a believer you will not experience hardships in their lives; or at least you are not supposed to! Jesus said you shall have tribulation; it is clear believers will go through a season of heat! When you are going through this season look at it this way: God has simply mixed His ingredients together in you (Christ in you the Hope of glory) and has placed them in the oven!
When baking a cake it requires all the ingredients to be mixed together in a large bowl (all the issues of life), then it is placed in the pan (God’s Hands) and placed in the oven to bake (trying of your faith)! While in the heat be reminded that God said I know the plan I have for you; stop trying to do things your way and seek God for His way or plan for your life! Remember Jesus said; be of good cheer, I have overcome the world! In the oven is where His plans began to come into fruition! This is the place when our prayers and faith must be activated if we are going to make it through the heat!
Although it can be difficult at times in his place remember that God does have a plan for you! His thoughts for you are not evil toward you! Yes I know you may want to say: “God please stop thinking about me so much!” but know that even in the heat He is working it out for your good!
When the heat (tribulations) come, it is designed to activate all the ingredients that was placed in the pan (God’s Hands). Once activated they began take on a New shape, and when they come out of the oven people can’t recognize what has come out!
God is the Creator and knows exactly what He is doing with each individual believer. He knows what it will take to make you come out of the heat your best. Once you come out He will adorn you and show you to the world. Oh taste and see what the Lord has done….will be your cry! No it does not feel good while going through, but go through it praying and seeking God at every turn no matter how bad it may look! This is God’s desire, that you would seek Him. When you call on Him, His promise is that He will answer; the time is up to Him when He’ll answer!
Hold on don’t you dare give up your help is there, call it in and He will come on your behalf! Don’t try to fix this yourself, pray to the Father and get direction. The heat in your life is just designed to perfect you and to allow God to put you on display for His Glory! Meditate on is word day and night, seek His face and pray without ceasing, praying in the Spirit; for praying in the Spirit completes your armor! Wear it for the rest of your life and when trails come you will endure until the end!
Jesus always withdrew Himself to pray to perform many of the miracles. Prayer releases God to do the work! Remember you are only a prayer away from your breakthrough! PRAY PRAY PRAY!