Keep Climbing Your Hill

Most people believe that when a person gives their life to Christ that it is all peaches and cream from there on. I stop by to tell you that is a lie!!!!! Are you currently in affliction? This year alone I have experienced affliction after affliction. Looking up at the hill I have to climb weary. Have you ever felt like that? This morning I woke up with this message on my heart, and my devotional was on this subject too. I want to give you some tools on how to climb the hill that is in front of you. Grab your journal, pen, and highlighters because we are going in! 

1. Position yourself as a winner: 
Satan does not want you to keep moving forward. He wants you to look up and give up, but you are a winner. When you take Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you inherit all that He has. The power, spirit, joy, strength, and peace to endure all that is in front of you. So, change your way of thinking and get yourself out of that bent position. You are more than a conqueror.

2. Stop comparing your circumstances with that of someone else: 
1 Corinthians 7:17
Let each person lead the life that the lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

Your path is not going to be like anyone esles. Accept the life that God has assigned to you. 

3. Pray continually: 
You do not have to pray a long lengthy prayer for God to hear you. When you are in affliction you can whisper his name. Whisper “Jesus”, and His presence will envelope you. You can pray one of your favorite scriptures. Open your mouth and use the word to defeat the enemy. One of my favorite scriptures that I decree over my life is……
 Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Where you see “my” and “you” put your name there. You can pray this in the morning, afternoon, or before you lay down. This is one powerful prayer, and I encourage you to take this wherever you go.

4. Worship: 
Satan does not want you to worship the Lord. You are in affliction so why would your worship. But, when you lift up the name of Jesus in a time of tribulation there is a sweet exchange that takes place. His peace saturates your heart and your mind, and that hill looks so tiny compared to the mighty hand of God. I don’t think I mentioned how God told me to cut off listening to worldly music. Being plugged to His presence is so fulfilling, and I slip up sometimes, but there is nothing like it. I can see and feel a difference, and I pray for self discipline in this area. I challenge you to listen to worship music for a week straight, and let me know how you feel afterwards. 

5. Put on the armor of God every morning:
There is a different battle taking place every day. It’s essential to wear the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword for  the word of God. I found my piece of paper where I wrote down the armor of God, and it’s uses. I encourage you to do the same, and every morning open your mouth and place the armor of God on you. Yell out that you are putting on the helmet of salvation. There is no shame in talking out loud because you are getting your battle clothes ready. Get aggressive with it let the devil know you are not playing with him. You are marching forward clothed in God’s righteousness!

6. Lay down your cares and worries:
You won’t make it far if you are holding on to things. Some people will never experience the love of Christ because they are so scared to open up to him. He already knows what you are thinking and feeling, so just talk to him. I sit in my room and tell Jesus what is bothering me. I talk to Him like He is right beside me. After every talk I feel light and free. How can you walk up your hill if you are being weighed down by worries, fears, doubts, and etc….. 
1 Peter 5:7
7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

7. Be open to learning what God wants to teach you: 
I literally wrote this in my journal the other night. “Lord, instead of asking you why this is happening to me. I want to ask you what can I learn from this situation.”  I have a prayer on my wall that mentions having a teachable spirit. We should not get in self pity mode, but look at our afflictions as a learning experience. Start asking God what He wants you to learn!

8. TRUST:
I put this in all caps because it is the most difficult tool for everyone. 
Matthew 18:1-4
          The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 

He want’s us to cling to him in childlike trust. Trust and depend on Him as we climb the hill!

I know it has not been easy for you, and I know you want to give up. Giving up is not an option for children of Christ. Keep climbing because your destiny awaits you. I pray that these strategies help you to move forward. As sisters in Christ we are here to sharpen one another, and I pray that we climb our hills with the endurance God has given us. Have a great weekend my loves, I love you all!                 

FaithLenae Brooks