God wants us to grow from glory to glory in our relationship with Him and our revelation of who we are as His kids. Every situation in our lives, whether good or bad, is an opportunity to grow in these ways.

When life is wonderful and happy, we get to learn to cultivate our relationship with Him because of love, not because we need something from Him. In the difficult times, we get to learn how to turn to Him for comfort and how to believe His truth even when we don’t see it manifested.

Life is all about our perception.

Every blessing and every challenge we face brings an opportunity to increase in the Father’s love.

When we recognize this, we can live as Kingdom opportunists who always take advantage of an opportunity for growth.

Paul tells us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Rom. 8:28). And Jesus promises that, though we often experience trouble and difficulty in this world, He has overcome it all (see John 16:33). That means, when life is hard, we can turn the challenges we face into opportunities to experience a greater revelation of the Father’s love and comfort in our lives.

In our weakness, He shows off His strength.

Like Jesus did when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, in our hard times, we must learn to turn to our Father. While God is not the author of hard times or suffering in our lives, He is good enough to bring good out of any situation (see John 10:10; Rom. 8:28).

Even when other people attack us and seek to harm us, God can redeem what they meant for evil. However, often this redemption hinges on our choice to turn to Him and trust in His goodness in our lives.

If, instead, we try to fix the problem in our own strength or respond with fear, anger, hopelessness, or other toxic emotions, we are effectively telling God we want to handle it on our own. And He’ll let us try it that way. He never forces us to run to Him. But when we chose anything other than running to His unseen arms and trusting in His goodness and grace, we miss out on the redemption

He wants to bring into every difficult situation we face. When we do this, we actually sabotage our own growth process and miss out on our opportunity to practice overcoming.

This is an excerpt from my new book Loved Like Jesus.

I wrote it because I want you to experience the deep love that your heavenly Father has for you. Living from this reality as a much loved son or daughter, you can rest in a confident connection with Him and experience abundant living and lasting freedom.

Order my book today for yourself and an extra copy for a friend, your pastor and/or your small group.

Be blessed, my friends.

Thanking Him for you,