The Closer You Get To God, The More Challenges You May Face

Have you ever noticed sometimes that the more your relationship with God improves, the more bad things seem to come your way?  Suddenly it seems like everything is going wrong, & the things that are going wrong are big challenges.  If only they were simple ones like having a flat tire.

This is because the closer you get to God, the more the devil hates you & wants to steal your peace & joy.

I have seen this in my own life recently.  A couple of weeks ago, I spent a good part of my day in tears & praying about a big problem happening in my life.  That afternoon, one of my wonderful, Godly friends texted me.  She reminded me that with God, all things are possible & that He loves me.  The amazing part of this is that I didn’t tell her anything that was happening until after she sent me the text & I explained why this meant so much to me that she did that.  This incident caused my faith in God to grow by leaps & bounds.  Since then, I’ve been experiencing more nightmares & flashbacks than usual which causes my health to be worse, my husband & I have been getting along worse & even my cats have been fussing with each other a lot which is highly unusual for them.

If things are suddenly going badly in your life, this may be why.  Did you have some sort of spiritual breakthrough recently?  Are you feeling closer to God than usual due to an answered prayer or display of His favor & love?  That may be why things suddenly took a turn for the worse in your life.

During these trying times, I’ve learned that as hard as they are, there can still be peace.  On the outside, nothing has really changed in my life at all.  Things are still challenging.  However, I know beyond any doubt that God is still in control.  He still loves me, He still has my back.  Even during the bad times, He is still with me.

That goes for you too, Dear Reader.  Even when it doesn’t feel like it, & it seems like God is a million miles away, He’s still with you & taking care of you.  And, the only reason things are going badly at the moment is the devil is mad that you’re closer to God.  He’s trying to destroy your faith, to make you think things like, “If this is what happens when I get close to God, I’m done believing in Him!”  Don’t give him what he wants!  Stick even closer to God!  It makes a big difference!  Maybe not in your circumstances immediately, but you’ll be better able to handle the bad things, you’ll have more peace & less anxiety & depression.  One thing that helps me too, is to remember Psalm 23:4

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (NKJV)

I have found these Scriptures to be comforting & helpful as well…

Psalm 33:8 “Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.”  (NKJV)

Psalm 33:18 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, ” (NKJV)

Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.” (NKJV)

Remember, you are NOT alone, Dear Reader!  God is in your corner with you, no matter what.  xoxo

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2 responses to “The Closer You Get To God, The More Challenges You May Face

  1. When my doctor told me two days before Thanksgiving that I had skin cancer and needed surgery, in the hospital under general anesthesia on December 6, I felt so afraid. I wasn’t afraid so much about having cancer (again), or even about having to go under anesthesia for the 4th time in 2 years, which always scares me, because I almost died years ago from an anaphylactic allergic reaction to an anesthesia. The main thing that I was afraid of, was that I wondered why God would allow this to happen to me, when I had been trying so hard to get closer than ever to Him. Was God mad at me? What was I doing wrong?

    The weekend before my surgery, neither my husband nor my stepdaughter were able to go to church with me like they normally do, so I felt very alone. Which made my fear even worse.

    Before going to church, I got down on my face on the floor and cried. And I asked God to please give me a sign to let me know that I belong to Him.

    The sermon and even the songs that were sung, were everything that I needed to hear. But the best part happened after the service was over, as everyone was leaving the church. A young woman whom I had never seen before walked over to me. Nervously, she said, “Excuse me… I’m Nina. And I… I believe… I mean… I think that God is telling me that I need to pray for you? Is… is there anything special you need prayer about?”

    She seemed so nervous, like she was worried that I might think that she is a nut for claiming that God was telling her to pray for me! I told her, “You are definitely hearing from God! Because I really do need prayer!”

    When I told her what was going on, she prayed for me on the spot, and then she assured me that she would be praying all week, and especially on Thursday, when my surgery was scheduled.

    Just knowing that God had Nina praying, really calmed my nerves when I went in for the surgery that Thursday. (You know you have had too many surgeries too close together, when the prep nurse, the OR nurse, and even the anesthesiologist all exclaim “Hey, I remember you!”) I survived the surgery and anesthesia with no problems, and then I went home. Six days later I went to see the surgeon for my follow-up appointment, and he says “Well, I am shocked. I was so sure those growths were cancer, but they were benign!”

    Here’s the thing: that doctor has been a surgeon for over 33 years, so he knows what skin cancer looks like. I used to be a nurse, and the growths looked like cancer to me, too. Plus they looked like the squamous cell skin carcinoma images that are posted on the internet. However, after I was prayed for, the growths changed remarkably. The one on my neck shrank to about half its previous size, which the surgeon commented on just before my procedure. And the one on my forehead turned from the ugly inflamed ulcerating red color that it had previously been, to a light pink, almost white pink, and it was beginning to peel away from my forehead.

    So… I asked God for a sign to let me know that I belong to Him, and this is what I got!! Wow, God is Awesome!!

    However, Jesus did warn us that we will have tribulations in this world. I hope that the next time I go through a trial, I won’t get so scared and wonder if I even belong to the Lord!

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    • I only clicked like because it was the only option.. love would’ve been a better one!

      For years, I’ve firmly believed that God walks us through the “valley of the shadow of death” much more often than delivers us from bad circumstances. You’re proof of that. Thank you so much for sharing your story!! It’s so encouraging! ❤ I thank God you're doing ok now too!

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