I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. (Philippians 1: 12-14, ESV)
The verses you just read are from a letter written by Paul to the church of Philippi. Let me explain; Saul, who was a persecutor and murderer of Christians, later converted to Paul. God showed up on the road of Damascus in order to convert Saul to Paul. Who knew Paul would become one of the biggest advocates for Jesus Christ that ever lived.
The message that I want you to learn in the example of Paul’s life is regardless of what your beginning or right now looks like, the same way God delivered Paul and gave him strength, He will do the same for me and you. Philippians 1: 12-14 discusses that Paul wrote this letter in jail and yet some may have thought that Paul’s life was over. Paul was writing to encourage the church of Philippi. He was explaining that he was excited because despite how man thought he would feel or what they thought would happen in jail, the stay in jail was actually an opportunity to teach people about Jesus. Paul told the church of Philippi that He was excited because he was helping people know God.
The same way Paul became stronger through his trials, you too are becoming stronger through your trials. You may think life is over, your job may be in jeopardy, your home life may not be where you think it should be or your past may have been toxic. Whatever you are going through or have been through God can use your issues to make you stronger.
I begin to reflect and think about my past and my present. God spoke to me and said my junk, meaning my past and what I am going through now, is there to make me stronger. I did not realize that the things that I have been through in my life have made me stronger. Issues and situations that I thought would take me out turned me into a praying woman of God. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40: 31, ESV)
There is one thing that I need you to realize and that is that not every issue you’ve had or are having will make you stronger. However, if your life belongs to God and you are living for Him, then He will turn your chaos and stuff into strength. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. (Isaiah 4:20, ESV)
Thank You for strengthening me when I am weak. Thank You God not for my trials, but for making me strong through my trials. Continue to give me strength when I start to become weary and want to give up. God, continue to protect my mind when the world tries to get the best of me. God, thank You for entrusting me with the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me through all situations that were meant to ruin me. Continue to make me stronger through life’s difficulties. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Women of God, I EMPOWER you to believe God in all areas of your life. Remember that what the devil meant for evil God will turn it around for your good. Ladies, as you go through life situations, which you can’t avoid, please remember that trials come to make you stronger!
Take a moment and tell us what have you been through that has made you stronger?
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.