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“The path that I have laid out for your life is not always going to be easy for you. There will times when you do not understand the way that I am leading you. There will times of disappointment and hurt from others. There will be times when you do not feel happy about where I have you.
Challenging times are not meant to bring you pain or hurt. They are the times you should allow my Spirit to complete His work in you. You should accept them and press into me for help, wisdom, and guidance. The path to holiness, the path of salvation is narrow, and the road at times may be long. I love you and I’m going to be with you along the way. My provision and blessing will come as you trust in me.
You are meant for fellowship…you are meant for worship… you are meant for me. I desire to be your all in all, the one you trust above everything and everyone else. When you choose the narrow way, you will walk through your life in the abundance of my presence. When you cannot see around the next bend, I am already there. When the path is rocky and hard to maneuver, I will keep you upright. When the boulders of life come crashing down, I will remove the barriers, for nothing can separate you from my love and provision.
Beyond the obstacles, your greatest challenge will be to continue to believe in me, to trust in the path I am calling you to walk. I never fail my children. I will never fail you.
Keep moving forward and leave past mistakes behind. Bury bitterness, resentment, and anger for these things will make your journey harder. You are not made to carry them because they will weigh you down and hinder your momentum. Choose to let them go.
Thorns will pop up along the path, sometimes they will scratch you, but do not allow pain to derail you. Allow me to heal you so you can keep moving on. When you come to a pool of water, indulge in the refreshment I provide. Take the time you need to rest and renew your spirit so that you will be strengthened for the next part of your journey.
If you resist what I am doing in your life your journey may become significantly more difficult, which could lead you to feelings of frustration or anger. You will be carrying burdens that were not intended for you to bear.
You are the one who determines how difficult or how blessed your journey will be by the choices you make. My way is the best way, my path is the perfect path for you. You may need to make some sacrifices and adjust your perspective along the way so that we can continue to stay on course together.
This journey with me will bring great joy to your life and it will lead you to the eternity I have planned for you. Through challenges and difficulties, you will experience unexplainable joy and peace that passes all understanding.
Follow me—this is the greatest thing you will ever do in your life. I will bless you and I will sustain you. All you need for life will be found in me so that one day you will receive the crown of righteousness I have reserved for you at the end of it. I promise you my blessing as you choose to follow me.”
- “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:38
- “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will also be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:26
- “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
- “Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” Hosea 14:9