My daughter will often complain and cry about aches and pains in her legs at night. When I tell her that she is growing it seems to make her feel better. I guess knowing that the discomfort she’s feeling is something she has to go through to get taller helps her to be at peace and get excited for the end result. Growing taller is good and that takes the focus off the bad. Because the pain seems to be in one leg at a time I like to joke with her that she will have one leg longer than the other. Or I complain that I don’t want my little girl to grow up and get taller than mommy. I want her to be my baby forever. Laughing and joking always helps. I remember having those same aches and pains in my legs. These bothersome episodes are normal in the natural evolution of the human body and are endured without fear or anxiety because we understand their purpose.
In this same way our trust and faith grows and our character evolves and takes form. Life is full of aches and pains, but if you understand and welcome them as a growing process that can lead to change, greater wisdom, clarity, or an awakening of the soul, then each painful incident or hardship that we bear becomes a significant milestone in our lives keeping us on the intended path God uniquely laid out for each of us. Recognizing the impact of divine providence can have a life changing affect on the way you look at your circumstances. Knowledge is power and with that each mountain climbed becomes a triumphant achievement that builds strength and endurance encouraging and preparing you for future success.
The simple truth is that this world is controlled by two powerful forces, the greater force allowing the other. Everything that fills us with peace and joy and that benefits all is good and is from God. Everything that fills us with fear or regret and causes devastation is bad (evil) and is from Satan. The good news is that God is the creator of all and He has dominion over Satan and his plan for destruction. Jesus conquered Satan at the cross. But this still leaves us with two options when it comes to our pain and suffering. Option one: Choose to focus on the good in our lives giving thanks to our heavenly Father knowing that when we decide to rely and trust in Him during these times, we become better than we were, and God celebrates our recognition of His control in our lives. Option two: Choose to focus on the bad in our lives becoming vulnerable to Satan’s devious tactics of fear and anxiety with the intent of pulling us away from God and causing our circumstances to worsen. Our regression is Satan’s progression and that’s when he celebrates.
Of course, we all know that option one is the way to go, but I understand that it is easier said than done. Everything in life is easier said than done. That is exactly why actions speak louder than words. So, let me tell you how your words can become your action. Since Jesus already defeated Satan for us, and as believers Jesus lives in us, we have that same power. Satan is allowed to rule this world for now and we are all susceptible, but as Christians we can call out in Jesus’ name commanding Satan out of our lives, out of our minds, out of our loved ones, and out of our households. I know this may sound crazy to some of you, but it is absolutely true. Dress in God’s Armor every day. Get your daily dose of truth. Be prepared to speak the name of Jesus when temptation knocks at your door. It’s in the trying times we tend to think God has left us, but that is a lie, He’s waiting on you to call out to Him. God wants to rescue you. Don’t deny the power of Christ, use it…say it.
…“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” – LUKE 10:18-19
…”Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” – ACTS 16:31
Don’t let the growing pains of life discourage you, they can be a gift; just trust, be at peace, and laugh a little through the discomfort. Oh, and don’t worry, this life wont last forever, heaven’s just around the corner.
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