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                    Let the Struggle Make You Stronger
                                         
                                    by Pastor Ray Dare


The walk of faith is not a walk that doesn't include struggle and difficulty. I wish I could tell you that it didn't. But it includes adversities that we all have to face. And what you need to understand is, God will use what you go through to bring you out stronger and greater, with a greater commitment toward Him.

God doesn't cause the problem. The storms of life are impartial. Rain falls on everyone. So, when troubles happen it's no time to blame God and whine and cry and say, "Why me God?" and get bitter. It's no time for that. It's time to get stronger spiritually. It's time to stay in church. It's time to be more devoted to God, to turn your attention toward God.

You see many times the struggle is what gives us strength. Many times, that's the way God has ordained it. God wants to use the problem. So, in your struggle, in your difficulty, don't run away from God. Use the struggle as a stepping stone to get closer to God.

In Psalms 4:1, David said, "Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness, you have enlarged me when I was in distress." I want to call your attention to that phrase: "you have enlarged me when I was in distress." In your tough time, in the storms of life, when things aren't going your way, you need to understand how God can enlarge you, how He can enlarge your confidence, enlarge your strength, enlarge your faith, enlarge your commitment to Him. But understand this; God enlarges you when you enlarge Him.

David said in Psalm 34:3 (KJV) "O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together." Do you know what magnify means? To magnify means "to make bigger or to enlarge in perspective." When you magnify something, you don't change its reality; you change your perception of its reality in your life. So, if you magnify your problems, you're not changing how big they are, you're changing your perception of how big they are. When you magnify God, you're not changing how big He is; you're changing how you perceive Him. How much bigger He is in your own life. And it's so important in the storms of life to magnify God and don't magnify your problem.

Today, you may be in a terrible situation and in a lot of pain. I'm sorry, I'm sorry that you're hurting. You're sitting in a terrible problem. I want you to know if you keep your faith, keep your faith in God, keep your eyes on Him, you could be right around the corner from greatest growth or the greatest victory that you've ever seen. Right around the corner. You must use the struggle to help you grow stronger. Magnify the Lord in your life, by reading your Bible, praying, memorizing and meditating Scripture. And as you do, He will enlarge your faith, your strength and your peace.

Pastor Ray



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