No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
I am convinced that I have been through hell more often than not and God has pulled me through the fire with invisible burns, but why me? Why has He chosen me?
I call these burns invisible as only I know they are hiding beneath my skin. No one on the outside can see or feel my pain. It hurts like HELL to keep going through this fire and being burned every time. However, I can truly confess that God’s love has sustained me. His love has kept me. His love has covered me. The one thing I have learned on this journey is that nothing is too hard for GOD. “We are more than conquerors”. Nothing and no one can make me lose my faith in God. Trouble never lasts always. My life has truly been a test, and I know, just as always, that I WILL get the victory. All I have to do is hold on.
I want to share a few things I have learned on this journey. These things have helped me get through the FIRE. Prayerfully, you too, can use these techniques to help you.
- Pray. No brainer. You and I both know that in all things, we should pray. I know some may say, “I’m tired of praying. It feels like my situation is never going to end.” Let me be the first to say, God hears your prayers. Pray without ceasing! I’m begging you to never stop praying! You will see the end of the tunnel, and when you do, your testimony will be better than your test.
- Support System. I don’t mean all 25 of your friends. You need some prayer warriors. You need motivators. You need positive influences. And you especially need those who are not afraid to tell you the truth. If you allow it, some people bring more pain to your situation than you do. That’s why it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Remove the TOXIC individuals from your life. Replace them with those who pour life and light into you. You will thank me later.
- Seek outside help. Don’t be afraid to bring in a third party who does not know you or the situation. It’s healthy to have someone you can sit and talk with about your problems. Many of our employers offer resources for free to help cope with our various situations. Contact your Human Resource department for programs that are completely confidential. These programs allow you to speak with someone outside of your organization, such as a phycologist. You never know how much pressure you could release, just confiding in someone who specializes in this area.
- Positive small group. I recently joined a new church, Love Alive, in Baton Rouge, La. The church’s culture is simple, “Love God. Love People. Love our community,” Within this culture, Love Alive has incorporated small groups. The sole purpose of the small groups is to bring people together. You have the opportunity to choose a small group that is beneficial to you and your situation. They have groups like, Get Ya’ Life, Single Moms, and Freedom, to name a few. I promise once you join one of these groups, or even the church, you will never be the same.
You are more than a conqueror. Jesus did not die on the cross to leave us in situations that we are not able to pull through, with His help, of course. Don’t allow yourself to become so closed off to where you find yourself holding your breath and dying on the inside. Find that place where you are free. Find that place where you can…JUST BREATHE!