A Chapter at a Time

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Philippians 1:5-6

For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ

Hebrews 12: 1-2[a]

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and lets us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith

I was inspired by a quote this morning by @dearfuturehim on Instagram that read, “This is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story. So breathe.” The author captioned it saying, “This chapter is necessary in order for you to grow. If you know anything about writing, the character must change by the end of the story…” It was a reminder that I needed. Sometimes we all need to be reminded that what we’re going through is what we’re growing through. We all need to be reminded that this part of our lives is merely a chapter compared to the eternity we’ll spend with Christ.

As a writer, I do know that the character ALWAYS changes by the end of the story. The bad guy goes good, the girl gets the guy, the superheroes always win, but before all of that there’s a conflict. In a story, you’ll notice that the biggest conflicts are always internal. It’s something within the main character that needs to be addressed before there’s a great solution. The main character always has to search within for the answers to the real problems. The same way is with us. God is the author and we are the main character of our lives. Just like all the other pioneers of our faith, we have a chapter in God’s book. We can tell based off of the other books in the Bible, in the end we’ll win. Matter of fact, we already have the victory because of what Christ did on the cross. But what happens in the middle?

Maybe in this season you feel trapped in a lion’s den like Daniel, maybe you feel like you’re approaching a furnace like Shadraq, Meshach, and Abednego; maybe you feel like John in the wilderness preparing the way for something great, or maybe you feel like Jesus at the cross, persecuted and abandoned. Whatever the case, know that this is merely a chapter in God’s book for your life. In the end, we win as believers! We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus, and nothing will change God’s plan for you. In this chapter, you need to focus on Christ. You need to ask the Holy Spirit, what’s the internal conflict within me that needs to be resolved before going onto the next chapter? Maybe you want an answer, but Jesus became the answer so that no matter what you’re going through you will have victory.

Fix your eyes on the prize which is Christ. Some say God will not give you more than you can bear but I say, yes, He will give you more than you can bear! He will most definitely allow you to go through circumstances that are beyond your strength because in your weakness He is strong. He knows what you’re made of, but He needs you know what you’re made of! A lot of Christians still don’t know that they’re more than able in Christ. He is sufficient in our insufficiency, and has given us power and authority over all things. This chapter is nothing for you! And this chapter won’t be the end of you, in Jesus’ Name.

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