One of my favorite sayings in the Bible is, “It came to pass”. Many people are afraid of change. Are you? To successfully navigate the journey of life, you must understand the concept of spiritual passages.
The Bible clearly states in Ecclesiastes 3:1:
“To EVERYTHING there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”.
To endure to the end, it helps to understand some things about Spirit-led living:
1. Life in the Spirit is surrendered living. In other words, we give up on telling God where we are going and HOW we will get there. In His word, God shows us our final destination (eternal life and the glory of God), but how the pathway I follow will get me there is not mine to determine. If God were to allow you to choose your own pathway to His final destination for you, you would always choose the pathway of least resistance. The pathway of least resistance is also the pathway of least growth. There are times we wonder, “How can what I’m going through be bringing glory to God?”
Well, you can’t figure that out: it is usually beyond our limited understanding of things. Therefore, you must trust God that He knows exactly what will bring the most glory to Him from your life. The apostle Paul said it this way in Philippians 1:19:
“For I know that this (what you’re going through) will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”
The surrendered believer trusts God to bring about their deliverance, and along with that have as their highest goal to have Christ magnified in their life through whatever circumstances they encounter. Very mature thinking. Most of us can’t see how anything other than good circumstances can bring about glory for God. That’s why God doesn’t allow us to control it, because we would always pick the easiest pathway. God is not a masochist, but He, in His infinite wisdom understands what will bring the most glory to Him and the most growth to us!
2. If you have done everything you know to do to get free, then allow trust to take over. Some in tough circumstances have obeyed, prayed, fasted, spiritually warred, and asked others to join them in warfare. They have done everything the Bible says are keys to freedom and are still in the battle. If that is you, what should you do next?
Relax and trust God! The scripture in Ecclesiastes states that there is a season for everything. To successfully navigate spiritual passages, you must understand that some things are for a season and that season MUST run its course. I’m not saying you adopt a, “Whatever will be will be” attitude about things. I’m saying that if you have sincerely done all you know to do, then you stand in faith (Eph. 6:13). God’s power is not lacking in your situation. If you have unleashed it and things are still rough, hold on – believe that this will turn out for your deliverance and trust that God is doing something beyond your understanding. Allow Him the latitude to decide what gets the most glory for Him from your life.
3. Receive the peace of God! I have found that where you find trust, there will you also find peace. When you genuinely give things to God in faith, peace floods over you like a river. You don’t have to understand the pathway to find peace and victory – you just have to understand the Master’s character.
Things often “come” into our lives, but they will also “come to pass” if you adopt the keys to living successfully in the Spirit. Don’t you understand that the question that needs to be answered is not, “Why is this happening?” but “Do I trust My God with my life?”
You cannot be defeated! Yes, you need to say it out loud right now, “I cannot be defeated!” If that is true, why are you worried? The same God who allowed this will bring it to pass away, leaving behind fruit and blessings for you that could not have been obtained by taking any other pathway!
I’m praying for you!! You will make it victoriously because:
“Yet in all these things (whatever you are going through) we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded (are you?) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God (His determined purpose and intention for us) which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.