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There is nothing more fulfilling in life than to do what God has called you to do. But don't ever think you won't have any tests and trials as you fulfill the plan of God for your life. Jesus said we would have tribulation just because we're in this world. But He also told us to be cheerful because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

My husband Kenneth has said many times that we as Christians are not going to just float through life on flowery beds of ease. We are going to have tests and trials. But we serve the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who brings us through every test and trial and gives us the victory!

You Can't Go Wrong With God
Yes, the circumstances of life can seem hard at times. But don't be discouraged by the circumstances. If you have chosen to serve God wholeheartedly and to follow His plan for your life, you can rest assured He is directing your course. And when God is directing your course, you can't go wrong in life.

I thank God for every one of my early experiences because God always brought me through them and taught me through each one to love Him better. And through every test and trial, I learned more and more that God is my Source and that He is faithful.

God is always faithful to us when we are faithful to Him - when we are trusting Him and obeying Him. So be encouraged that as you fulfill your ministry or whatever God has called you to do, you're going to reap the rewards of faithfulness.

If you are going through a difficult time and you're thinking, "It's too hard. I'm going to give up because I just can't go on," realize that nothing is too difficult for God! Nothing is impossible for Him.

So put your eyes on Jesus. Hold on to your faith in Him. Be faithful to Him in what He has called you to do. He'll be faithful to you, and payday will come. And what a rejoicing there will be when payday comes. If you won't quit, you'll be able to say, "Thank God, I didn't forsake Him, because He hasn't forsaken me."

God will never forsake us. We may forsake Him, but He doesn't forsake us. God loves you regardless of what mistakes you've made in the past. And He loves you regardless of what you haven't done for Him that perhaps you should have done. If you'll return to Him, He'll receive you, and He will always be faithful to you.

Knowing how much God loves you and cares for you, you can determine in your heart, "I will make it." And then from that point, do whatever God tells you to do.

Half Way Won't Do
But you can't be halfhearted about your commitment to do God's will. If you are halfhearted, in time you may forget about your commitment to the Lord and begin doing something else instead of serving Him.

Remember, we can't make our own plans and expect God to bless our plans. Instead, we are to let God give us His plan, and we are to follow His plan for our lives. As I said, so many times we want to make our own plans because we have made up our minds we want to do things our own way.

But let's get it right!

Let's follow God's plan for our lives. God's plans are right, and it is so wonderful and rewarding to follow Jesus. He is so sweet and lovely, and He is so loving and kind.

Be Willing And Obedient
Over the years many people have asked me, "What is the key to your success?" There are many keys to success in the ministry and in life. But I always tell people that first, you have to be willing and obedient to do the things God has called you to do.

Second, I tell people that in order to remain willing and obedient to God through the good times and the bad, you've got to be faithful. You've got to be faithful to serve God. And you've got to be faithful to obey God and His Word, especially during those times when no one is watching.

I encourage you to be faithful to obey God and to follow His leading step-by-step. If Kenneth and I hadn't been faithful in the early days of our ministry - even in the small things - we would never have accomplished what we have accomplished today.

And being faithful in the small things doesn't just apply to people who are in the ministry. It applies to all of us. If you are faithful to do what God says to do, God will be faithful to bring you into all that He has planned for you. So stay faithful and remain steadfast in the vision God has given you.

Galatians 6:9 says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Don't faint by the wayside in your commitment to the Lord. Stay in the fight of faith because you are the victor in Christ.

You won't lose as long as you are walking with Him. Jesus will always see you through. You may think you're going to go under because of the storms of life, but you won't. Just trust Jesus, and He will bring you safely through every storm.

In order to succeed in life - whether or not you're called to the ministry - you can't quit doing what God has put in your heart to do. You can't obey God for a little while and then quit when the circumstances don't look too good or when your faith is being tested and tried. You've got to be faithful to carry out God's plan for your life.

Faithfulness Requires Patience
I think the reason many people fail in life is that they get impatient. But you can't get impatient in the things of God. The plan of God for your entire life won't unfold overnight.

Many times, God will tell you something about the future, and you want it right then - or yesterday! But God has to get you ready for what He's called you to do. You might not be ready right now to handle what God has for you. But God will get you ready and steer you in the right direction.

And if you will follow the gentle nudge you have from the Holy Spirit, then step-by-step, He will lead you until He gets you to the place spiritually where He knows you are ready.

So be patient as you fulfill God's plan for your life step-by-step. Even when things don't happen the way you think they should or when you think they should, faithfulness is what will bring you through to victory in God.

The devil may try to stand in your way to see what you are made of, so to speak. But that's when you will have to stand fast and show that you mean business with God. God never fails. And no matter how difficult the test or trial, faithfulness always reaps the reward.

Source: The Price is Not Greater Than God's Grace by Oretha Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications

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