25 Jan 2019, 00:00 // George Bryans

When we’re going through difficult times, or we feel like we’re just not moving forwards, it can be hard to remember that God’s still working in us. But the truth is, we’re closer than we know to becoming the person God wants us to be. When we trust and press into God, we’ll make it through the trials and challenges that we’re facing and we will come out stronger and wiser.

Paul says, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:31).

God is for us. That means we can do the things we’re afraid we can’t do. God will help us to take down the walls and barriers we’ve put up in our minds which stop us from getting anywhere. God wants to set us free from the fear that has held us back for so long; He wants us to live up to our full potential.

When we have the right attitude we can overcome almost any barrier. It can feel like we’ve been trying to overcome things, and break down barriers, for so long, and we can be tempted to give up. But the Bible reminds us that we need to be patient and allow God to work in us.

‘Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed.’ (James 1:3 MSG)

Often, the things we think are overcoming us are the things we end up overcoming and glorifying God through. They’re the things that make us who we are. They grow things in us, strengthen us, and encourage others.

Romans 5:3-4 says, ‘suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope’.

So I want to encourage you to be patient; it will take us time to get there. But anything worthwhile is worth working for.