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“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” - James 1:12

No matter how careful you plan your activities, you cannot escape falling into troubles or having obstacles on your way to excellence. While some challenges are posed by us or by others, some are created by divine providence in order to strengthen us. One key element to watch out for in times of challenges is to ensure that you are not hurting anyone, or breaking any law; for these may just be the reason for the challenges confronting you at the moment. If these were the case, then you have to quickly sort them out by getting genuine and safe counsel. Another reason we may face challenges could be as a result of envy from others. Some people are petty and envious when they see you breaking new grounds. They would stop at nothing to see you fall as you take a leap on the ladder of life. The word of God is telling you today that challenges in life are as certain as the break of a new dawn; they will surely come. However, there is usually a golden dawn at the end of any obscure night. God provides the light to see, and the staff to lean on during these bad moments. One who stands with God achieves victory at the end.

Are you currently facing some challenges in your relationship or activities? Note the following points.
1. Focus on the unseen power and love of God. Only then would you begin to see your problem in the right perspective – God is bigger and mightier than your problems.
2. Trust in God’s plan even when it doesn’t make sense. God’s ways are mysterious; seek God’s plan always, and follow His direction.
3. See the supernatural in all situations and pursue holiness. Live a life of spiritual discipline. Study the scriptures daily; get involved with regular prayers and ask the Holy Spirit to help you appreciate God in the ordinary things of life.
4. Take one step at a time. Every day, choose to take whatever next step the Holy Spirit leads you to take. Don’t give up when you’re frustrated at any point.

Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I take solace in Psalm 31:24, which says to me: “Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord”. Therefore, I declare my expectations shall not be in vain; for I know my God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Unto you oh Father, be glory forever and ever. AMEN.

FURTHER READING: 2 Corinthians 4:8-11

Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi was born in Nigeria to Patrick Abuda Obeakemhe and Juliana Fatimatu Obeakemhe, both from Ogbona Town. With a master’s degree in law, she was called to the bar at the age of twenty-two, and she is currently the principle partner of the law firm Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi & Associates. She is also the founder of two philanthropic organizations: the Living Waters Mission and the Rose Croix Foundation. In addition to law, Lawrence-Dokpesi was drawn to spiritual pursuits at an early age, having begun studying philosophy, theology, chaplaincy, and spirit therapy by the age of eighteen. Inspired by her spiritual calling, she has produced ten intensively researched manuscripts on spiritual matters. Although Understanding the Spiritual was the last to be written, it is the first to be published. Lawrence-Dokpesi is a mother and a wife living in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

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