We weren’t ushered into the land of Shangri-la when we became Christians. We became prime targets for Satan in an all-out war. The prince of darkness considered nothing too despicable to use as a weapon to destroy our relationship with Jesus, the Prince of Peace. And no doubt, the enemy’s most vicious attacks have been against God’s strongest believers and those with the greatest potential.
In Arizona in 1991, scientists completed what was known as Biosphere 2, a three-acre enclosed capsule with the major components of a mini-world. Their purpose was to create an environment to see if man could exist in a similar dome in outer space.
The trees inside grew quickly but collapsed before they matured. Scientists discovered the trees failed to survive because there was no wind to develop what they called "stress wood."
The Greek word for "spirit" means "wind" or "breath." At times, the Lord allows the winds of adversity to broadside us. Thankfully, he teaches us how to deal with the stresses that come with those powerful winds. Rather than toppling, our deep roots in God’s Word hold us steady so we can continue to stand tall. It’s likely we’d never know the strength of our faith if we were never tested.
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