You Will Have Trouble

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“After the beheading, William Wallace’s body was torn to pieces. His head was placed on top of London Bridge, his arms and legs sent to the four corners of Britain as a warning. It did not have the effect that Longshanks planned.” – Robert the Bruce (Braveheart)

Have you ever woken up in the morning and just felt the weight of resistance against you… that feeling that you just don’t want to get up and face another day?  Have you ever looked at the burden of the responsibilities that are on your plate and felt like you wanted to cave in?  I know that feeling.  I think we all do.  The hardest part is the subtle lie that is whispered in those moments.  You hear, “it will always be like this.”  “You are toiling and fighting and enduring for nothing.”  “Your future will consist of seemingly endless tedium until you die a painful death and cease to exist.”

The question is, will these lies that your enemy is telling you, have the effect he is hoping for?  The warriors of Scotland said no… and they won their freedom.

See these lies for what they are… attempts by your enemy to intimidate you so that you fold and give up.  The truth?  What waits for you on the other side of these battles, both in this life and the next, is almost too good to be true.  The trouble you are facing now should not be unexpected.  The resistance you feel should not be surprising.  What effect will you allow it to have?  Do not fold.  Lean in.  Push even harder.  Now is the time to lay hold or your freedom.

“one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13b-14

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33