The Power of Resilience

Posted By on October 20, 2014

Motivational message.

By Michael Young

According to Merriam-Webster, “resilience” is defined as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. You may wonder why I chose to begin this testimony that way. The truth is that I wanted to get right to the point. All of us who have accepted Christ are aware, and have been told more times then we can count, that God has a plan for us.

The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have God reveal what that plan is, know that it takes faith to see it through. The bible also says in 2 Timothy 2:13, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” So what do these verses tell us? They tell us two very important things. One, that God’s plan for our life is exactly that, His plan! If our hearts truly belong to the Lord and we truly desire His will in our lives then nothing will stand in the way of fulfilling our purpose in Christ. Two, we must have faith in what the Holy Spirit reveals to us, and know that He will bring it to pass regardless of what we hear from others.

If you are truly seeking the guidance of the Lord with a sincere heart then His promise is that you will not be led astray. So, if we are able to wrap ourselves in excitement for the Lord so much to the point that we are on fire for the Lord; is it possible that we can become overzealous? Yes, I myself have fallen into this trap many times. When we receive a vision from God that fits exactly what we want to do with our lives and we run ahead of God then we can be too overzealous. Sometimes we find ourselves ending up face down in the mud. We should not be surprised when we’re disappointed because we put our faith in people who let us down instead of God.

If we keep the Lord ahead of us then our footsteps will always be guided perfectly according to His will. I struggled not too long ago with this very thing. I put my faith in the people around me and made decisions outside the will of God. As I did I noticed that I was constantly feeling let down. My expectations were not being met because they were exactly that “my expectations” and not the Lord’s. I ended up finding myself becoming weary and thinking that God’s plan for me would never come to pass and that I was not strong enough to carry out His purpose in my life. It happens to the best of us and anyone who has ever been called to ministry knows that you do approach a point at some time in your walk where you seriously doubt your ability to carry out God’s plan for your life in ministering to others.

The one trait that God wants us to develop well is the ability to be resilient. The Holy Spirit during this time said to me that He had seen me struggle through this pattern long enough and that he was about to set me free. He told me a couple key things for me to remember. The first thing He said was, “Never let anyone tell you that God will not bring to pass what He has promised for your life”. Secondly, “You know what God has for you and that He has told you that He will bring it to fruition.” In short, be the example and the rest will follow. We must know that it is important not to lose Heart and even if things seem bleak we can have faith in the one thing that will always pick us back up, our Lord Jesus Christ. As we grow we know that our ability to be resilient will grow. As our faith grows we will be more able to stand firm against Satan’s attacks. I hope this testimony has helped you see how one and only the Lord should be in your life. Take care and be blessed!

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