A man or woman who loves with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength – with every fiber of their being – is a man or woman who lacks nothing.
-Porsche R. Armstrong, Inspired by Mark 12:30-31
I am sure there are a plethora of individuals – those whom I know and those whom I do not know – who question why I am in (what seems like) a never-ending season of adversity, affliction, and hardship if Christ is my all in all. I am sure there are a surplus of individuals who wonder why I seem to be digressing in life instead of progressing in life if Christ truly is the source of my life; my High Priest, my Messiah, my Healer, my Redeemer, my Savior. I am sure there are countless individuals who look at me and my life, and gawk, mock, and scowl – then wonder why I have to suffer the way that I have for (literally) the past four years. I can confidently say as a true follower of Christ that the world’s definition of progress is not the same as it is in the Kingdom of God. I am definitely progressing. And my soul is prospering in the process.
If you are new to my blog, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ll let you in on some valuable information: I surrendered my life to Christ and to the will of God (fully, completely, and wholeheartedly) four years ago, and my life on earth has never been the same. It has been glorious journeying with Christ who is the head of my life. Furthermore, my life has not been easier. It has been more difficult. One huge misconception about the Christian life is that God in Christ Jesus saves us by grace through faith, and everything is perfect and smooth sailing thereafter. Nope. Not at all. The Cross that I have to bear as a Christian is not easy. And you can bet that other true followers of Christ would say the same.
However, in the midst of the struggle, I find peace, calm, comfort, solace, and assurance in these truths: (This is obviously not an all-encompassing list – just what God has given me at this very moment (four points) – and I pray it will encourage you!)
1. God has not promised His sons and daughters health, wealth, prosperity, worldly happiness, or temporal success on earth. He has promised us perfect love, saving and sustaining grace, patient endurance, eternal hope in Christ, tons of everlasting promises, and a Heavenly resting place when our duty, mission, and life on earth is complete. It will be the ultimate joy to see Him and our Savior face-to-face. As you encounter difficulty in your finances, in your career, in your marriage, in your family, know that this is all working for your good (Romans 8:28). Know that it is a pruning process necessary for your ultimate joy and sanctification in Christ.
2. True riches are found in Christ. All of our striving, all of our hoping, all of our doing in this life will not be enough if it is not for Christ.
3. Jesus bore the weight of sin for the entire world, and He was obedient to God in that He followed through with His mission: to reconcile sinful humanity to a Holy God (John 3:16). He suffered a terrible and brutal death, but He rose! And He rose for us! There is nothing that we have gone through or will go through that He has not already redeemed or atoned for. As you are in your seasons of suffering and adversity, be encouraged! Know that we will suffer with Him and for Him – this is part of our calling as true followers of Christ. All we have endured (and will endure in the future) will be made up for in Heaven, and is certainly worth the eternal sacrifice. Press on for our Holy King!
4. The Lord has promised that He will never leave or forsake us. Ever. No matter the situation or circumstance, He will not vanish. He will not disappear. He is love, and He (and love) will be here forever.
If you are in God and Christ, then you are in love. So love! A man or woman who loves in Christ and like Christ is wealthy! They lack nothing!
Of course I could go on and on, but my time is limited and the Lord is calling me to new things at the present time! May this brief dose of encouragement spur you on to stand firm in the faith and keep fighting for the Kingdom!
I love you all dearly!
God is love. Love is a lifestyle. Jesus lived it, and He’s still living it.
So should we. Don’t you forget it.
With God’s Love,
Porsche R. Armstrong
Founder, Love Is A Lifestyle
Charity (love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1 Corinthians 13:8
For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.