When we first come to Christ, salvation is new. You’re a baby in Christ and you have this immeasurable joy, things to a certain extent seem kind of easy. Then as you grow, mature and go deeper in Christ, challenges start to present themselves. We expect salvation to be easy but like any parent, God loves us and knows that there comes a time for us to grow up. He loves us too much for us to just stay the same. There are changes that must be made and development must occur for us to become adults in Christ. In the infancy stage everything is easy…but there’s difficulty in development. It’s time to get up and take care of business.
In the process, sometimes we get so focused on wanting God to deliver us when what we should really be focusing on is how God wants us to develop in the process.
God loves us enough to allow us to go through situations to refine and fortify us- to teach us how to be better servants for Him. If God rescued us from every hard time before the right time, we would go through life not learning a thing. I have found that I have learned some of life’s greatest lessons by going through hard times, and my faith has grown stronger through every low place that I’ve experienced in life.
“Faith is not developed on mountain tops. Authentic faith is developed in the valleys. God needs to know that you’ll trust Him even when you can’t trace Him. Will you trust Him in the lows like you trusted Him during the highs?” ~ Pastor Lynch
“Faith isn’t understanding to believe but believing even when you don’t understand. Even when it doesn’t make sense, you have faith.” ~ Pastor Lynch
It is important that we endure the process as it grows us and develops stronger faith for “our faith and our destiny are intertwined.”
“Your destiny cannot grow until your faith grows and your faith can’t grow unless it’s tested and it can’t be tested unless you go through some things.” ~ Pastor Lynch
Stop begging for deliverance and pray for development.
You can trust that every season you endure, every process you go through, and every hard time you encounter is for a reason and it all will work together for your good.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who[a] have been called according to His purpose.
The key word there is ALL things. ALL THINGS work together for your good. That means all failures, all “friendemies”, all ex’s, all downfalls…THEY ALL work together for your good.
“The word ‘thing’ gives liberty for you to let that thing be whatever you’re going through.”
~ Pastor Lynch
Once we learn how to let go of “blessings” and to wait on God’s better, once we learn how to trust God’s timing, once we learn how to be patient in the pain… we are able to switch the focus off of being delivered from the process and start developing.
What To Expect With Development
Development is exciting and such a wonderful thing but you will find that those who you thought were with you and for you, won’t be supportive of the new you.
“There will be people constantly reminding you of who you used to be and what you used to do. People will remind you of your BC days trying to hold you back from your future.”
“If people keep bringing up your past, LEAVE THEM IN IT.” ~ Dana Chanel
The development stage will show you who needs to be cut off and removed. Don’t keep people around who can’t respect you for the new you that God has transformed.
If they can’t speak over you what God spoke into you, THEY MUST GO!
“You act all new.”- I am made new. (2 Cor. 5:17)
“But you’ve changed.”- Yes, I have changed and you should want to too.
“You’re not who you used to be.” – You’re right, I’m not. (1 Cor. 13:11)
“But I still remember when you used to…” – Yes, I do to and that is why I will never go back. I’m more than what I’ve done and I’m more than what I’ve become and if you can’t accept where I’m going move out of my way.
“I may have been who you say I was but I’m not who you say I am.” ~ Elder Faison
“My name ain’t predicated on where I’ve been, my name is predicated on a where I’m going.”
~ Elder Faison
“You can’t waste time defending who you’ve become and convincing others that you aren’t who you used to be. If they can’t respect the new you then they are undeserving of you.”
~ Pastor Lynch
The friends you had when you entered this process may not be the same friends that you leave with when this process is over.
If they aren’t growing with you, they don’t need to go with you.
I know I say it all of the time but I can’t stress it enough- You MUST surround yourself with people who are like-minded and like-spirited. If you change, but continue to hang around the same crowd who has the same habits that you worked hard and went through the process to change, you will end up picking those spirits right back up again.
A lot of people don’t like to hear it but when you are made new you must change environments and forge relationships with people going in the same direction as you.
That’s not to say that you can’t still be cordial to old friends and you don’t always have to cut people from your past off (in some situations that’s necessary) but you must limit contact because you don’t want to taint or confuse what’s been made new.
Sometimes you’ve got to tell people that “you’ve got to go. You caused me enough pain and confusion. You’re undeserving of me.” ~ Pastor Lynch
“Some trials are not for you but to shake those attached to you who aren’t really for you.”
~ Pastor Lynch
Find people who think big like you. Continuing to hang around simple-minded people will cause you to “cut short” and “snuff out” your own God-given dreams and purposes.
Have you ever shared an idea that you had with a friend who instantly shut it down with doubts and told you how there was no way you could do that or stressed how hard it would be to accomplish it? THEY’VE GOT TO GO!
“They will talk you out of your purpose and have you distracted and cause you to miss your window of opportunity.” ~ Bishop Brady
You need friends who don’t point out how hard it will be for you to accomplish things and who don’t plant fear and doubt. You need friends who tell you how possible it will be with God by your side! You need friends who won’t block you from hearing the voice of God in your life, friends who won’t block your vision and won’t block your favor.
“God will never raise His voice above the volume of the people in your circle…God isn’t talking to you because you have wrong people in your circle…You can’t have wrong people in your space and make right decisions.” ~ Bishop Brady
When you are anointed by God and have a God-given assignment. You can’t just hang out with any and everybody.
“The reason we go in circles is because we have the wrong people in our circle…Why choose to hang with those who don’t understand your assignment?” ~ Bishop Brady
“When you get wrong people out, right things will happen.” ~ Bishop Brady
In the development stage, some “friends” must be let go. Sometimes we get attached to bondage not knowing that it is bondage.
Break free and see if God won’t move in your life.
“Don’t you ever apologize for the God-given promotions in your life.” ~ Bishop Brady
Be unapologetic and unashamed of the changed God has done in and around you.
You may have entered the process a “mess” but you’re leaving a “miracle”.
Trust that God will equip you fully for whatever awaits you on your journey ahead.
“As this month comes to a close and we have finished the first half of the year, tell your peers “if you knew me at the beginning of the year, you don’t know me anymore, my growth game is strong. Allow me to reintroduce myself.”
Thank you for joining me in the process…