THE LEVEL OF PAIN YOU ARE WILLING TO TOLERATE IS PROPORTIONATE TO THE LEVEL OF YOUR BLESSINGS
If you want to grow, you need to be able tolerate some pain. “No pain no gain”. Before you can be trusted with power, you are tested with pain. Your life will never ever grow beyond the level of pain that you are willing to tolerate. Remember there is a cost in discipleship. You have to give up the lower life if you want to gain the higher life. You have to crucify your flesh in order to walk in the spirit. You have to lay down your life for others. It’s not about you anymore! Until you are able to leave your religious mentality (of logic and reason) behind and step into water-walking faith you will not see yourself getting there!
The greater the sacrifice, the greater the blessings. If you never surrender what you feel is good and comfortable currently in your hands, you will never get what is better that God is waiting to give you.
Unless you let go of your current situation and let God take over your life you will remain stagnant. You will be merely staring at the water and not have the aggressive faith to cross the river. When you let go of what you can see, God will let go of what you cannot see.
YOU WILL NEVER GROW IF YOU DWELL IN REBELLIOUS SPIRIT
We were born into this world to discover the journey that God has chosen for us in His purpose and His plan. Therefore, we are on this journey with God. We start at one point and ultimately we will finish the journey at another point. The point that God has destined for us.
But you know what? Sadly there are a lot of people who never grow, they start at one point and die at the same point, what a tragedy! They never grow neither do they allow God to grow them because of a rebellious and untraceable spirit in them.
BY DOING THAT, THEY CREATE A HINDRANCE AND DELAY GOD’S DESTINY IN THIS JOURNEY.
Instead they tell God what’s best for them and they tell God how to direct their life for them and therefore they end up messing around with God’s purpose, plan and destiny in their lives.
THEY BECOME SO STUBBORN AND ARROGANT BEFORE GOD. Like the Israelites in the wilderness. An 11 day journey look 40 years yet they never made it.
We must understand that the things we go through in this journey are to bring us to a spiritual maturity which would ultimately move us into God’s destiny for our lives.
This is a process we must go through to advance from where we are now to where God wants us to be.
Any significant ministry that God has called you to undertake has to go through the preparation process. We need to go through a process before we can be qualified to become an instrument in the hands of God.
EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE PROCESSED BEFORE YOU CAN ADD A VALUE TO IT.
Throughout this journey, you are going to have opportunity for “Growth and Development.”
In other words as we journey in this life towards God, we cannot neglect the process in order to get the price. There is a process for every product. It’s a breaking and crushing process. In simple terms, it’s a making of a product from a crude form or a raw form into a useful form.
Therefore, we cannot neglect the function of process in order to reach the objective. There is always a process that you and I need to go through before we can reach our destiny. In other words, we cannot reach the mountain top before going through the valley.
Unfortunately, we see many people today, they want the mountain top but they don’t want to go through the valley experience. Because the valley is a difficult and painful place. This is a place where God tests you. This is a place where your character is build through the crushing breaking process. This is a place where the fire is used to refine you. This is a place where your flesh is crucified and you are brought to the place of submission. It’s a very lonely, uncomfortable and painful path. You will hate this place! Many will not make it through. Many will retreat and quit or stay stagnant there. This is the reason why you would see many men of God are hanging in the wrong places today defeated and dysfunctional because of unsubmissiveness to the process.
But know what? Those who are able to endure this process will ultimately see themselves coming out as a new man in Christ. A new character of God is formed in the process prepared for you to go to the mountain top.
Process is all about changing you from one form to another, from immaturity to maturity. Have you ever realized that immature people always want the easy way out? No wonder they lack the divine capacity to handle pressure in their ministry and life.
MOSES WAS PUT IN A PROCESS TO TRANSFORM HIM BEFORE HE COULD TAKE UP THE MANDATE OF GOD.
Clever human ideas don’t work in the kingdom of God; it will land you into serious troubles. Abuse of authority and power threw Moses for 40 years in the wilderness to do the preparation process. Do you think it’s long enough? God knows how long you need to be put on hold according to your character.
We need mentors and spiritual advisers no matter how self-sufficient and brilliant you may consider yourself to be. Otherwise we end up doing silly things and land ourselves in trouble.
Do you know that the most successful people are constantly surrounded with counselors and advisors? That’s the reason why a lot of top corporate figures hire and seek the advice of consultations in their business, not because they are not brilliant enough but because they are teachable and willing to listen to advice and direction from others. Statistics shows many clever and talented people of this world failed in life because they suffered from an arrogant and unteachable spirit.
But you realize that until the process was completed, God could never use Moses to fulfill the task of delivering the people of God. That process in the wilderness was a process of crushing and breaking, moulding and shaping to advance Moses to walk in the destiny of God for his life.
The Bible says Moses was contented in Jethro’s house in the wilderness. Can you imagine what the enemy was trying to do to Moses? This is exactly what will happen to you when you get comfortable in a valley experience. You can remain stagnant there indefinitely and the enemy will erode your original vision and call of God in your life if you are not cautious and alert.
When you and I miss the significant purpose and work of God in the preparation process sadly on the other hand, it can become a place of desolation and destruction. It can become a negative destructive force in your process.
So you need to understand the purpose and plan of God in your process otherwise the enemy will come in and sow seeds of deception.
JOSEPH WAS PUT IN A PROCESS
Joseph had a dream when he was young that he would be somebody great but despite all the unjust things done to him he did not run away from the pain and hurts, sold in slavery, thrown in prison unjustly. Joseph kept his dream and vision alive despite what the enemy was trying to do to him.
Finally he was promoted to become second in command of a civilization that was so advanced. He knew all these things that were happening to him, was a process in God’s purpose and plan to get him to the place God had already designed for him, God had already shown him earlier on.
DO NOT AVOID AND RUN AWAY IN THE PROCESS
It is unwise to avoid processes, no matter how difficult they become.
We should not run away from any process because we will only end up stagnant and delay God’s plan for you in your life and besides if indeed God has called you in the ministry you have to go through it again maybe later in life.
There is a price tag on everything that you want to achieve in life. Your achievement has got a process attached to it.
A TEA BAG WILL NOT RELEASE ITS FLAVOUR UNTIL IT GOES THROUGH HOT WATER
Like for example every tree can produce fruits but only a good tree can produce good fruits. When a tree is developed in the proper way with proper care and the right nutrition it will bring forth good fruits.
The same goes for us; we need proper development in order to be effective in the kingdom of God. Growth is what you see outside but development is an inside job. Development takes you to a higher level:
A PROCESS IS NOT TO DESTROY YOU BUT TO BUILD YOU UP INTO GOD’S DESTINY
HOW DARE YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE BACK TO GOD, IN THE SAME CONDITION THAT HE GAVE IT TO YOU?
DON’T BE A ONE-TALENT MAN WHO BURIED HIS TALENT UNTIL THE MASTER RETURNED.
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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