Welcome again to this week's word for the week. Let's get straight to the point this week. Last week we were taking about you looking at some things you need to get up from in order to move forward. Hear me clearly here before I move forward. You must be willing to be honest with yourself. If you are not willing to be honest with yourself then the things I'm going to share with you are useless because honesty and this go together. There is nothing to be embarrassed about when you're trying to get up. A winner gets up. Never forget that in life.
God has put all of us here for a reason. A very specific reason as none of us are just here by accident. There is purpose for your life that aligns with the plan of God. There is something you were put here for but you will only know that when you get closer to God. The enemy has one goal in mind and that is to hinder you however he can. Whatever attack God allows him to commit against is exactly what he will do. This is why you have to see beyond the attack. You have to do so because the attack is really a distraction. The easiest way to put someone off course is to set something else before them that gets their attention.
There are things in front of you that at the moment you don't even realize are there. There are things God has put in place without making you aware that they are there and it's for your good more than you may know. The truth is we often function far better without knowing what's at stake as it allows us to be free in what we must do. If you want to see the full promise of God in your life then you're going to have to learn to trust Him. You don't need to see or know as much as you think you do. You simply need to trust Him.
The reward of your suffering is waiting for you. Everything that makes your struggles worthwhile is in front of you if you can just keep moving. You cannot allow yourself to grow cold by not moving forward. One of the things we learn when living up north in cold environments is that if you ever get stranded to keep moving. It is the same way spiritually speaking. You have to keep moving when you do not feel like it and when you don't understand why. You have to do so for your own survival. We want great things without going through anything. Your testimony is about what you've gone through not what you fell into.
Think about those dreams and visions that you know came from God. Think about why He showed them to you. No, you may not know what you have to go through first. You may not know how long you have to go through whatever. You may never know why even after you step into that promise. All you need to know is that there will be glory after this! There is no satisfaction when there is no struggle first. You will appreciate what cost you the most. You will be thankful to God when you waited on what only He could do. You won't lose things so quick when you know they cost you because you will be willing to fight more for them. What do you have to look forward to? Everything that God ever promised you! What is behind you? Everything that shows how far you have come. Reach forward while you can because tomorrow is not promised to you.
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon