Trials, Temptations and Giants

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I am continually amazed with the movement of God's hand through my life.  Honestly, I shouldn't be.  I know that He works in our lives, but I'm forever amazed that He would want to work in mine.  Who am I that He would - in such detailed ways - be concerned for my ways and heart?

The amazing love, grace and understanding of God have come my way in so many forms over the past few months.  No matter the outcome on physical and health issues I suffered the past year, He was with me.  Giving me a better perspective on those are going through medical trials.

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:  when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
Isaiah 43:2

The overwhelming thorn in my flesh is the temptation to be snarky, sarcastic and cynical.  Until being able to move beyond the health issues, I truly had no desire to allow Him to create in me a clean heart.  My quick quips are how I dealt with hateful or tyrannical people.  Whether their attempts have been to hurt or control -- my resort has been a disingenuous remark.  I struggle with it moment by moment.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Psalm 51:10

There have been many giants in my life recently.  The past year includes health issues, business plans and financial obstacles -- to name just a few.  In each, I have instinctively hid my face from them for the first few days.  My fear can prove paralyzing when I allow it to grab hold with a very firm hand.  When I chose to barely face the giants and timidly raise my head, with God's hand I made it through.  I can't imagine what He will do when I bravely stare the giants in the face and proceed forward.

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, 
and of love, and of a sound mind."
II Timothy 1:7

The past few months I have been presented with message after message which seem to be God designed for my ears and heart.  Repeatedly I have heard how to allow God to take us through trials, temptations -- now to face these giants with courage.  No matter how ill equipped I have felt I am for the battle, God has known it was nearing.  He has provided me with all that I need.


 



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4 comments:

  1. Tiffany,

    Thank you for sharing your heart - you have a lovely blog. One of the most consistent prayers I pray is for God to create in me a clean heart and to renew a right spirit within me. Thank you for this reminder - I needed to exhale that prayer again!

    Blessings,
    Ashley

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  2. Trials are blessings. It strengthens our faith in Him.

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  3. I am currently facing my GOLIATH now and today, April 1, 2012, I recommitted myself to God, for I know that without him in my life, I would be a waste and that I can defeat my giant. I am glad to have read your blog through Bloggy Moms.

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