Colossians 3:5 (AMP) 5 So kill (deaden, [a]deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).
Sometimes we have to kill a few things in our flesh when we follow God. God uses the trials we have so we can kill some of the desires in life that may not be making us into a better Christian. When our flesh is dying – or we are dying to selfishness – it can be a little bit painful for us. That’s when we sometimes cannot see God in our situation. It’s not that He is not there, it is that He’s not handling the situation the way we think He should be.
If we pass the test of killing the flesh, God will give us another test. The thing about taking God’s tests is we have many re-takes until we pass. Each time we get tested, the test will become easier a little bit at a time. As the tests become easier our fleshly ways start to die little by little. Eventually our old bad habits tend to go away – that doesn’t mean they never come back – but when tempted it eventually will become easier to resist the temptation. Remember, this doesn’t happen overnight and there will be some things to endure while we are being tested.
Whatever we are going through that is hard, God is strengthening us so difficulties become easier one trial at a time. They become easier not because the situations change, but because we have enough humility to know that God is in control of our life. If we continually run away from a situation we will continue to be in the same situation over and over. The only way out of a situation is to go through it.
I know I am not smarter than God and when I try to get in God’s way I do nothing but make a big mess. It takes a lot of humility to admit that we are not always control of everything in our life. It is one of the hardest lessons we learn.
Isaiah 41:10 (AMP) 10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen