You’re a Christian now, so everything is going to be easy hereafter, right?
So here you are, you have prayed the sinner’s prayer and accepted Christ into your heart as your personal Lord and Saviour. “Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes and so is justified and with the mouth he confesses and confirms his salvation.” (Rom 10:9-10)
So now everything should go perfectly and you should not have anymore problems or hardships, right? Unfortunately my friend this is not how it works! You are now the clay and God the Potter and your life is not IN God’s hand but BETWEEN His hands and He now starts the process of forming, bending, shaping you into who you are supposed to be. You see you need to become less so that God may become more in your life and that you may confess along with Paul: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Gal 2:20)
And then your faith needs to be tested or stretched for it to grow. All of us were born with a measure of faith, but in order for that faith to grow you have to pray and practice your faith. And God gives us many such opportunities to USE our faith. Speaking from my own experience this might sometimes feel as if you’re being punished or that God may have forgotten about you. But no, God promised that He will “never leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down” (Heb 13:5). So why does your faith have to grow then? It’s quite simple actually… Your faith needs to grow so that you may grow in Spirit and grow closer to Him! To use an easily understandable explanation: In school you need to pass your exams in grade 1 before you can proceed to grade 2. The same is true for our lives. You will be faced with a mountain of difficulty and you will need to pray and use your faith to get over this mountain to the other side. But here’s the thing not only is God with you the whole time, but also promotion awaits you on the other side of this mountain “Without faith it is impossible to please God and He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb 11:6). But as soon as you crossed over one mountain another one will appear to again give you the opportunity to use your faith. And so it will continue until you fully mature as son or daughter of God; become the purpose for which you have been created; or go into the rest of God (Sabbath-rest) as promised in Heb 4.
God never said it would be a pleasant experience but He did promise that it will be worth it! In the meanwhile pray, hold onto your faith (Heb11:1) and remember the more your faith grows the smaller the mountains become until they are as big as molehills and you won’t even notice them.
In closing my friend I just want to ask you to read Rom 5:1-5 and II Cor 12: 9-10
and remember none of what is going on in your life is happening TO you, it is in fact happening FOR you! Be Blessed!!!!!