Still Standing

And having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

Life can be hard, really hard. Difficulty has everyone’s address and pays a visit to everybody. Jesus never said life would be perfect, He warned us that the opposite will be true (John 16:33) We frustrate ourselves when we work too hard to make life perfect. Our energies are best spent on allowing our trials to do what God intends them to accomplish: strength, growth, endurance, and patience. This is easy to say but hard to do. Fortunately, we do not have to do it in our own strength. The Lord has promised He will never leave us and while the storms of life are raging, He will remain in the boat with you (Isaiah 43:2).

If you have given up, get back up, My Friend. If you are still on the path of hardship, stay there until the Lord decides to give you rest. You may not see the good changes happening inside you, but trust that God is up to something that you will be glad about when it is over. We often ask God to make us more like Himself but balk at the process it takes to accomplish it. The work He is doing in you prepares you for what God wants to do in your life in the future. What a shame it would be if you arrived at your purpose unprepared. Refuse to give up, My Friend. He Who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it if you will be faithful to remain standing under your present difficulty (Philippians 1:6)

In the end, trust is your friend. Trust that the God Who saved you, provides for you, protects you, and knows you also loves you. Let His history of faithfulness to you cause you to persevere through your trials. Your pain has a purpose and the struggle is building spiritual muscle. You are going to need it for the days ahead. 

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

6 thoughts on “Still Standing

  1. Thank you, Georgia! I appreciate these readings as God is making changes in my life…of course, not in my timeframe 🙂 . Life is going really well right now…learning patience.

    1. Sheila, it’s always good to hear from you and I am so delighted that you can see God working in your life. I know all about having to learn patience and waiting in God’s timing. Thanks for stopping by! 💕

  2. Thank you Georgia! Needed this today and it’s so encouraging my friend! 💕💜

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