Presence of affliction does not mean the absence of favor
TD Jakes posed the question, can God trust you with the trouble?
Mary, blessed and highly favored, pregnant out of wedlock, the wedding she envisioned… gone, rode on the back of a donkey (in labor), to give birth to a child in a barn, to flee with her husband because there were those who sought to kill her child, to endure the mocking of the judgmental people because her child was not her husbands, to endure all of this… to watch her son be crucified… and she was favored?
If you were to endure this… would you still believe you are blessed and highly favored?
Thanks be to God, His ways are higher than our ways. Praise Him He is not hindered by our narrow mindedness.
You can have favor, but that does not mean you wont have fear.
You can have favor, but that does not mean you will not face tribulations and frustrations.
You can have visitation from an angel and still ride on a donkey. That which you have received can be of God and you may still be surrounded by the demonic. Your job is to survive it all. -TD Jakes
Thank You, Jesus. It is not our holiness, it is Yours. Help us to be consistent even when we are confused. Help us to trust you even when all hell is coming against us. Birth in us that which you have planted in us. Strengthen us to be guardians to the vision you have given us. There may be a bounty on the head of our calling, but You alone, O’ Lord, are faithful and true. Let Your will be done and may You find us trustworthy to rest in You even when we are running and fighting. Thank You, Lord, when You trust us with Your purpose, You are trusting us with the trouble. Help us to remain steadfast.