We still have old toys from our children’s childhoods. One of the toys that God has brought to mind this morning is the play dough toys. You put play dough in a machine and press it through. It’s hard. That playdough is tough stuff. But when it’s pressed through it comes out conformed to the image of a flower or an animal or even a hamburger.
Oh beloved, God wants you to know that the pressure you are feeling as you go through the things you are dealing with has some great merit. While you may not choose what you go through, God will use it to conform you and me into the image of His Son. No one chooses to be pressed, and yet when you call on the Lord for His help He is already there, guiding and directing through it all. He understands. His own Son was pressed at the Cross, pressed in the grave and He came forth alive and well for the nations! Not just then, but for all – even now. Even now His walk through the hard places is still rendering salvation, sanctification, justification and will soon bring glorification! God wants you to know that now is the time to press in closer to Him. Hold tightly to His Word. Lean completely on His Truth. Count on Holy Spirit to watch over you, guide you, protect you and keep you while all around you seems like much pressure and even trouble. In the heavenlies much is being accomplished. God wastes nothing. In the heavenlies, angels are applauding your stamina in faith. As well in the heavenlies, the satanic foe is writhing in agony that you are not a quitter. You are staying the course! And when you come through you will be even more like Jesus! Each time you go through hard places your destiny is not to weaken but to strengthen! You are becoming more and more valiant, an overcomer of extraordinary characteristics and a beacon of light to others who are going through things. Stand tall, keep going and rejoice all the way! Soon you will be through the hardship and God will make a way for you to be blessed, favored, and honored in the process and when it’s over!
God loves you and He’s for you! No weapon formed against you will prosper. No hardship will destroy you. Everything will work together for your good and God’s glory! Hold on and rely on God’s Word. He will see you through and you will tell others all about walking in the light of God’s Glory & Grace!
Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.