Apostle Grace Lubega
Psalm 139:23-24 (KJV); Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Power, influence, growth, and success come with responsibility.
This responsibility encompasses many things among which is the ability to endure tough times, the wisdom to deal with individuals from different walks of life and the grace to continually wait on God for divine direction even when circumstances are pushing you to make a quick decision.
A heart that does not understand this truth is in a wrong state. It has downplayed the price and only looked at the prize; it has ignored the process and only set its eyes on the product.
Success, even in ministry, comes with its wounds and scars. These are what Paul in Galatians 6:17 calls the marks of Christ in his body.
There are so many things that happen to ministers of the gospel in their service to God. Simply because they do not bleed in the presence of other men does not mean that they are not tested and tried.
Jesus Christ understood the weight of this responsibility. He chose the path of the cross when He would have preferred that the Father take the cup of suffering from Him (Luke 22:42).
If God has not dealt with your heart to harden you to the sometimes hard realities that come with success, then you are not yet ready for it, child of God.
FURTHER STUDY: Luke 22:42, Galatians 6:17
GOLDEN NUGGET: If God has not dealt with your heart to harden you to the sometimes hard realities that come with success, then you are not yet ready for it, child of God.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this word. The Bible says that I must endure hardship as a soldier; that I must know how to run with the horses and not whine over running with footmen. I am fortified in this truth, to endure hard circumstances, and to prevail in the harshest times, in Jesus’ name, Amen.