The Holy Spirit who is now in you knows what God has planned for your life and is willing and able to help you to go through and get through the sanctification and purification process so that you can be anointed to serve. He understands that because we don’t really know the great things that our God has in store for us, we will forfeit it all because we will think nothing is worth going through all that we are going through, we will think it is easier for us to throw up our hands and walk away than to endure the hardship as dear children. However, there is a particular process that you must go through, one that has been designed by the Lord so that your life will go a particular way, so that HE will get an outcome from your life that will give him the right result (For HIS Glory alone).
But the process that each of us will have to go through will be necessary for you and you alone.
You can’t compare your life, your walk, your process to somebody else’s because God is doing something different in each of you. The bible says all things work together for good to those who love God and to them who are called according to HIS purpose. It is necessary that you go through a series of things in your life that you will have to deal with or put up with, things that you will have to overcome, and you will have to learn how to function IN these things in a way that is pleasing to God. You must be able to handle yourself according to the word of God in every situation that comes up in your life, without freaking out, without falling apart, without giving up every other day, without acting ungodly or doing whatever we think is right, or how we feel like handling it.
Offences, impediments, stumbling blocks will come, (the bible says it is neccesary) meaning it is to your advantage that offences come. Offences are the things that cause you displeasure, the things that come to anger you, to try to build up resentment in you, that cause your feelings to be hurt, things that frustrate you, that upset you, and even things that try to cause you to sin. However, these things come to make you examine yourself and deal with the thing in you that has caused you to be offended in the first place. And yet, It is these same offences, that God uses to sanctify and purify us so that we can be anointed to serve.
Don’t allow anyone or anything to remove you from the process. Whatever you are experiencing is necessary to perfect you for the intended purpose that the Lord has for your life. Be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Pastor Cheryl Jones-Ross