Leading a life lacking resistance, leads to a life lacking maturity. That may sounds like a bold statement, but I believe it with all my heart. I’ve seen lives that are led with the goal of maintaining safety and they are lacking. They lack the muscle to walk through challenges because they never allow God to exercise those muscles. It’s like going to the gym. Most people complain about it, but they still go because they know that the reward exceeds the discomfort. I’ve gotten to the place where I no longer complain about running. I know full well that if I miss, I will be miserable. So, I just structure my day and even my meals in such a way that I can fulfill that running obligation daily. When I begin to feel like I’m getting sick, I will make sure I don’t miss a run because time and time again, I have seen my body suddenly become healthy again because of it. It’s an amazing thing.
Our spiritual walk is similar. I am always listening and looking for opportunities to stretch myself. When God puts it on my heart to try something new, then I either go out and do it, or wait for the opportunity to say “Yes”. And I am convinced that doing so is strengthening me because now when life happens, and stressful situations occur I face them with an energy and resolve that hasn’t always been there. It’s a muscle I have grown.
My prayers are full of direction and I feel a power over them and I am convinced that much of that is from the time I’ve spent in the quiet place developing that portion of my life with Abba. I know Him. I know His voice. I believe Him. Those things give power to all that I do.
My question to you today is, how much resistance training do you allow in your life? Do you avoid every possible discomfort, or do you embrace the opportunities and look for God within them? If you answer no to those things, then I challenge you today to make a change. To allow God to exercise your spiritual muscles and deepen your maturity, to be complete and lacking in nothing.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:2-8
Those of steadfast mind You keep in peace- because they trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4