What If Problems Didn’t Exist, Only Opportunities?!

Could It Be True?

My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.” James 1:2-4 TPT

This was a core belief I championed my previous coworkers with. The grace of God was the first reason, but this belief, that problems do not exist-only opportunities, very well may have been the second reason that our group was the most efficient and effective team. Don’t let hurdles hold you back. Rise up and run with endurance! Even when trials trip you up, God’s love and grace picks you up and places you on solid ground. Living from this heavenly perspective shifts us from impossible to possible, hopeless to hopeful, defeated to positioned for victory. Instead of seeing a problem (negative), your eyes are already opened to see a solution (positive) or even better, a promise in the Kingdom of God. 🙂 Now, don’t try to live this out with your ‘own’ strength!

God’s grace empowers us to live Kingdom and counter world. Apart from Him we can do nothing. But with God, all things are possible!! I remember when my absolute favorite pastor in all the world (Nicholas Barta;) told me Abba had spoken to him, “Son, when you do things in your own strength you get your own results. When you do things in My strength, you get My perfect results!” Let’s pray for God’s grace and receive the upgrade! A key to endurance is abiding in Jesus, and in abiding you receive HIS joy, which is your strength. Run strong, run with joy! Challenges are mere opportunities in disguise to press in for God’s brilliant solutions to anything you are facing and bring Him glory!

We often grow the most through hardship/trials. Muscle even in the natural is built through resistance. I like to include in my prayers from time to time, Jesus please do not let pain be my only motivator, but let me live so intentional that I’m learning outside of the trials as well! 😉 Not all hard things are from God, but we have a promise in His word that He works all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, so let’s not miss anything in the journey! You always ultimately win with Jesus!

What is your main ‘pain point’ right now? What if you chose to see it as an opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can, and invite Holy Spirit to bring His brilliant wisdom for a solution? Watch heaven invade! Love each of you so much and pray that you are blessed beyond your wildest dreams this week!

~Michelle Barta