Strength from Struggle
by Ashley Sigrest on November 15th, 2016

"I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service," 
1 Timothy 1:12
 
​Strength is something I think we all want to believe we have, without ever wanting to be tested for it. It’s those tests, however, that give us the strength from Christ we desperately need to go deeper in our walks with Him.
 
Goodness knows I have had my fair share of trials and tribulations. As a new Christian is my early 20s I too often turned to alcohol to help me cope with my hurt instead of relying on Jesus’s strength to get me through. The more I pursued His ways and studied Scripture, my faith in Christ became my strength. I no longer needed an escape from my troubles; I just needed to hold on to His truths and to believe that His will for my life would be worth the current problems I was facing.
 
Time and time again, Jesus has proved His faithfulness.
 
In my early Christian walk I was struggling with the pain of choosing abortion and felt worthless after being raped. Over and over He assured me that He would use my testimony to help others see His truths and His healing power. All I had to do was to seek Him in those moments my heartache was too much to bear. He never shamed me or condemned me. Jesus constantly reminded me how much He loved me and that this pain would have purpose.
 
Genesis 50:20 (NLT) You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
 
Joseph assured his brothers that he held no unforgiveness against them for what they had done many years before. Instead of wallowing in the injustice, Joseph instead saw God’s sovereignty in the bigger picture. It’s not that God wants bad things to happen, but He can use what the enemy means to hurt us in order to bring about a greater plan to help others. Through each trial Joseph faced, he remained faithful to God and the Lord continued to strengthen him through each and every turn. At last Joseph had come to being the second highest in command and was able to not only save his family, but also a whole kingdom.
 
 

 
As I leaned on Christ through my own heartache and injustice, He continued to pour out His truths to me. Satan wanted nothing more for me to stay bound in shame and regret. He wanted me to be fearful of ever speaking about my past because he knew that I could overcome him by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
 
  • I thank Jesus for His strength to not just endure my sins and shame, but to completely wash them away!
     
  • I thank Jesus for imparting His supernatural strength to me through the power of the Holy Spirit.
     
  • I thank Jesus for finding me faithful in those darkest moments and giving me a place to share His goodness with others.
     
  • I thank Jesus for using what Satan meant to harm me and for using to save the lives of many!
 
Sister is there darkness looming over your head today? Is the enemy of our faith keeping you bound in fear and shame? Are you angry with God for the struggles you have faced?
 
I challenge you to look up tell the Lord out loud, “Thank You God for these struggles! Thank You Jesus for Your strength! Lord, not my will, but Your will be done! I praise You Father for Your sovereignty! I worship You God and trust that You can use my pain for good!”
 
Jesus takes our struggles and turns them into strength.
 
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)
 
This isn’t some Christian cliché we say during hard times. This is the living truth of God’s Word! Will God find you faithful in the midst of your storm? Will you cling to the strength only Christ can impart? Do you believe God can use even this for His appointing?
 
Thank Him today for His strength to endure and for the victory that is already won in Christ Jesus!
 
Bless You Father for never forsaking us in our hurts. Thank You Jesus for being the righter of wrongs! God we thank You for turning our tests into testimonies and for making our struggles into strength. Jesus may we never forget the pain You willingly accepted for our salvation. Lord help us to surrender our own pain in order to share Your glory and healing with all! In your precious name, Amen.

​Blessings Soul Friends,
​Today's blog is part of our #SoulDeep Scripture Reading Series : #EverydayThanksgiving

 
Ashley Sigrest is constantly amazed by the sovereignty of God! She hopes to encourage women to have #LivelyFaith and to walk in the freedom of who they are as daughters of the Almighty! As a self-professed dork, she’s serious about her faith, but silly about most everything else. Ashley is a happily married momma who believes you don’t have to have it all together to live what you believe. You can find her at aLivelyFaith.com and typically with a cup of coffee in her hand.


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