As you courageously step out in faith and walk along the unknown path to your dreams and vision, you will be experiencing spiritual training like never before.
When you encounter problems as you progress toward your vision, you may wonder if God is testing you or is Satan tempting you?
Well, whether it is a test or a temptation, it is a way to figure out the authenticity of your vision.
Look what St. Paul says to the church of Thessalonica in 1 Thessalonians 2: 3-4 (MSG):
God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this message. Be assured that when we speak to you we’re not after crowd approval– only God approval. Since we’ve been put through that battery of tests, you’re guaranteed that both we and the Message are free of error, mixed motives, or hidden agendas.
Even St. Paul was put through a “battery of tests.” But those tests were God’s way of training and preparing Paul for what He intended Paul to do.
As you take your vision to God, you will discover if He approves of your vision. The battery of tests you face will reveal how authentic your vision is, how committed you are in bringing your vision to life and the faith you have in God to make it all possible.
God wants to make sure you are fully qualified to do what He has called you to do, and what your motive and agenda is in regards to your vision.
Every stumbling block, failure, or obstacle I’ve encountered since leaving public education to start CCWA has been a situation that ultimately moved me closer to my vision. One of the first churches where I spoke was an epic fail. About a dozen women showed up and about one hour into my presentation I wanted to grab my purse and walk out. The audience had this blank expression. They weren’t feeling me and I wasn’t getting any response/reaction from them. At one point I walked into the coatroom during a break and had to pray for the strength to just finish.
I couldn’t get on that plane fast enough to go home. When I got home, I had two choices to make. One, I could give in to the temptation to believe Satan’s lies and decide that what I considered a failure was proof that “I’m not meant to do this.” Or two, take a look at my workshop and see how I can improve it. I went with the second choice, and I can look back now and see how God used that situation to move me into a different direction. That “test” was how God sharpened my abilities, made me more qualified with my calling, and strengthened my commitment and faith to Him.
So as you encounter opposition, trials, or failures, don’t give in to the temptation by Satan to believe the “it’s not meant to be” mind weed and give up on your vision. Instead, know that your trials and stumbling blocks are training, preparing, and qualifying you for God’s work in His kingdom.
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This article was written by Katie Black of Contemporary Christian Worldwide Academy (CCWA). Katie is passionate about helping Christians who are ready to challenge their status quo, teach them how to use their faith to create a personal life vision, develop the critical faith- mindset needed to pursue that vision AND craft their “make my dreams happen” roadmap. Her Live Your Vision™ system integrates biblical principles into an organized and structured process, complete with tools and strategies to help Christians stop settling in life and experience the abundant life God intends for them. To download your Free Vision Creation Kit, go to: www.WeAreCCWA.com.