I cannot recall where I was sitting and having a conversation, but the saying emerged, where someone at the table said, “I am my own struggle.” When I tell you I can’t recall who said it, but I can recall the impact it had, man! We sat in silence, overwhelmed by the authenticity in that declaration. Understandably, it has been a difficult couple of weeks. As Shirleen shared in a video this past week, “the devil is busy!” In fact, he has been in overdrive since I had the audacity to release, “Worshipper in the Workplace.” While the statement “I am my own struggle,” is certainly applicable, God has already proclaimed that I am victorious despite my circumstances. What therefore gets in the way? Me. Or perhaps you? But not God!
God NEVER said it would be easy! After all, Jesus entered the world in a struggle. His parentals couldn’t even find a place to bring him forth. Wait, let’s backup! His mother, who was a virgin was told she would bring forth a child. Her beloved, Joseph was understandably trippin’! I’m sure any of us would be. From the onset, Jesus was set up to overcome the odds and rigid beliefs held by man. If we are followers and disciples of him, it just makes sense that we carry the propensity of his DNA. Yet if we do not walk in the DNA we’ve been granted, we find ourselves in a struggle, written, directed and starring us! The devil dwells in the details and drama. We have opportunity daily to elect to assume a leading role or elect to headline in perhaps what may present as a difficult ensemble of sorts, but one that will have lasting impression upon our life and those we are assigned to in our audience. We serve a big picture God that does not require us to understand what is happening, line by line. Follow the script and prepare for standing ovation our Creator has prepared for us in the end!
Psalm 108:13 declares, “With God on our side we will win; he will defeat our enemies.” We struggle because we choose to struggle! We have clear and convincing evidence of who God has been, who He is, and who He forever shall be. When we struggle, we go against that innate assurance that God’s got us! Any “discomfort” is simply growing pains. We must tell our minds that we remain at the core of God’s thoughts. Jeremiah 29:11 affirms, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” We are not struggling! We are moving toward our expected end! The enemy would have us to believe that we are forgotten, but he is a liar and defeated. In fact, he is his own struggle, because he knows his fate. Further, he attempts to trick us to believe that we are on the struggle bus with him. Not so!
Through Jesus Christ, I am my own blessing! I am someone else’s blessing! I am my own victory! I am my own healing! I am my own answer to my problems, because Christ lives in me. And, I’m not alone! God does not have a respect of persons, and the same extension of grace, love, mercy, assurance and conquering he has granted to me – is extended to you as well. Let’s choose not to struggle. Let’s instead choose to strive. After all, we are not alone. Never have been. Never will be.