If I was to take a consensus, many would agree that 2016 was the hardest year of their lives. If you are in agreement, this message is for you. What I want you to understand is that every storm is either God Ordained or God Allowed. If you are reading this article right now, I want to celebrate your victory, NOW. I know, you’re probably thinking- well it’s not over yet; and that’s okay; because you are coming out and you are coming out alive and thriving!
It is important for you to understand that in the natural; storms come to purify the land. Similarly in your life, storms come to remove the impurities that lie hidden within your character. In the Bible according to James 1:2-4 it states, “Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.” (AMP)
It is so essential that you understand, that during the storm, God has a purpose and plan for your life and it is good (Jeremiah 29:11). The fight is fixed and the outcome has already been determined. The truth is, you won because God knew the outcome in the beginning. You don’t believe me? Well, let me prove it; Psalm 139:16: the Bible confirms, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (NLT) There it is, God saw your tears and heard your prayers long before it happened and he already strategized your victorious win. Please understand your destiny has already been established; and you already won so don’t allow the enemy to steal your hope, your joy or even your peace.
Now that you understand these truths, it is time to begin to override your emotions with the Word of God. It is time to climb yourself out of the pit of hopelessness and despair. It is time to fight for your peace of mind back, fight for your hope back, and keep your eyes on the prize – God; Who is the Author and Finisher of your Faith; who is your very present help in the time of trouble; who is the Prince of Peace (Heb 12:2, Psa. 46:1, Isa. 9:6).
2016 may have been the worst year of your life, but you are still here. You have not lost your mind, although I know you felt like you almost did. You didn’t quit, although you may have tried to several times this past year. You didn’t die, although some days it felt like the better option. You made it this far by faith and by faith you will make it all the way through. Just like a diamond tried in the fire, your life will shine for all to see. God will get the glory from your story! There is hope; you will make it through the next second because God said so.
I want to remind you, that God is fighting for you. All you have to do is stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Because the troubles you see today, you will see no more forever (Exodus 14:13). Every tear that you shed in 2016 and the years past shall be turned into joy. Begin to see 2017 as your year of breakout. This is your year of better, your year of hope, and your year of victory; because God said so! Don’i give up; because your appointed time is NOW.
LaToya Fonville International, INC.