You have to pay your dues. I read a meme that one of my friends posted yesterday, and it said everything you need to know about the trials you may be going through, especially if you are a servant of the Lord.
"Anointing didn't take David straight to the palace, it returned him to the sheep pen. Anointing doesn't bypass process, it binds you to it. It's dangerous to be released without bearing responsibility. It's dangerous to become a King without first being a Keeper."
Before being taken captive by Babylon, God told Jeremiah to prophesy to Judah and their allies:
Thus the LORD said to me: "Make yourself straps and yoke-bars, and put them on your neck." Jeremiah 27:2
God warned them to accept their captivity, or otherwise, he would destroy them. Wow! God wasn't playing any games. He is the same God we worship, and he doesn't change! God puts us through a rigorous process, so we become obedient to him. He molds us into valuable tools for his kingdom. It might be a good idea to recognize this process; maybe you will get through your trials more quickly if you are cognizant of the molding God has you going through. God also warned them to stop listening to the lying prophets telling them what their itchy ears wanted to hear. Being a Christ-follower may not be easy, but the rewards are incredible if we submit to his process! Remember what Jesus said about his yoke:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
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