The Christian understands that God will honour them for being obedient to the Word or loss will be suffered. The Christian understands that all Christians will be fighting a battle. The path of the Christian life is going to depend on where the Christian decides to fight this battle. If the Christian decides to fight the battle in the flesh and overcomes the in-born fleshly desires, God is going to reward them outwardly in other areas of their life like finances and self peace. Christians win this battle by studying the Word of God, The Bible, and truly applying it to their life.
If the Christian decides not to wage the battle in the flesh or decides not to listen to God’s word concerning the flesh the Christian is going to suffer loss and have problems in other areas of their life like in finances or self peace and the battle will be fought in those areas. It is a hard lesson but a true lesson nonetheless.
Added to this battle is patience. Patience is needed which is very close to faith. Be glad if God does not reward you right away for short term victories because He will be patient with you on the short term losses of the battle as well. God is all about diligence and habits. God is good and understands human fraility. God also allows humans to learn and gain from their mistakes:
Proverbs 14:4 “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox”
See the wisdom of God? God uses mistakes and fraility to make the Christian stronger. How can you correct something and agree that it is wrong if you never experience it in the first place?
Here is Proverbs 12:27 “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the subtance of a diligent man is precious”.
Now God is saying that yes, you are going to make mistakes, big mistakes. They are going to drive you to My Word. But if you are going to read My Word be diligent, understand how meaningful it is, and apply it to your life because it will help you.
One of the things that a Christian, especially a new Christian, must understand is that God is good and out for our best interest. He may tell us to do something through the Holy Spirit for different reasons. It may be to protect us from all the landmines in this world or it may be to test us so we can be corrected if we disobey and then learn to listen.
It is a lie and from the enemy to think that God does not love us or is somehow out to get us and only guides us because He does not want us to live a good life or be happy. When feelings like this start to surface wage battle against them immediately.
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, or forsake thee.”
Now that is comforting. God Bless You.