How do you keep on going when things get tough? When it’d be natural to get depressed, to give in, to let go. That is a million-dollar question, isn’t it? How can we thrive amidst difficulties, when everything seems almost unbearable? Maybe this will help you. At least, I was blessed by reading these verses from the letter to Romans:
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:5-6, NIV,*)
We need to lift our eyes and our minds above the ground, away from the flesh. You see, we can’t but God can. We don’t have answers, motivation, or whatever it takes to get us out of the rut. But God has everything we need. He has offered his only Son for us. And now he offers us his Spirit to guide us, inspire us, empower us.
Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. (Col. 3:2, AMP,*)
So lift your eyes to the Lord. That’s where your help comes from. Only with the Holy Spirit, we can set our minds on what God desires for us. But boy, this offer comes with the power to do so. So let’s dream big, God has mighty plans for us. It’s time for us to get praying mighty prayers so God can do what he wants to do in us, through us. So we can thrive amidst difficulties.
Because we can thrive despite our situations. No, not on our own. But by God’s grace, it’s possible. So fill your mind with God’s promises and you are lifted above the fog and you can see this world and its problems is not all there is. God’s reality is beautiful all the time. It’s full of life and hope and peace and joy. And that’s what you want, right? So choose God every day and live in the Spirit. And you will thrive amidst difficulties.
Thank you for providing us everything we need.
We come to you needy and desperate,
save us, help us to thrive.
Pour out grace upon grace and
help us to dream your dreams.
We want to live in the Spirit
and be empowered by your grace.
Use us for your glory and bless us to bless others.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you know how to thrive amidst difficulties?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lean on God as you live boldly wherever you are!