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Who's Your Architect?
By Joel Osteen - Jun 07, 2019
There are times when we feel overwhelmed. We go through a loss, we’re dealing with a sickness, or we’re not being treated right. A lady recently told me how things had come against her at work. “I can’t take the stress, the worry, the demands. It’s too much to handle.” She felt she was going to collapse under the weight of it, as though it was unbearable. But the apostle Paul said, “God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But with the temptation, He will make a way of escape so you can bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). God will never let you face more pressure than you can handle.

When an architect designs a skyscraper, he doesn’t just design the outside look—the style, the materials, the color. That’s important, but that will be of no use if he doesn’t design the right inner structure. He calculates all the loads, how much each floor will weigh, how much wind it will face, how much equipment will be on it. Then he knows how big the steel beams need to be, how deep the piers in the ground, and how thick the foundation. In California, buildings require special reinforcements in the framing for earthquakes. In Florida, the window glass has to be able to withstand hurricane force winds. Buildings in Colorado may require heaters to melt the winter snow to avoid buildups of weight that collapse roofs. The architect designs each structure specifically so it can withstand the pressure, bear the weight, and endure the elements.

The good news is, your architect is the Most High God. He not only designed solar systems and mountain ranges, He designed you. When He laid out the plan for your life, He calculated everything you would face—all the pressure, the weight, the elements. He took in to account every hurt, injustice, loss, and mistake. He designed your beams thick enough and your foundation deep enough. He put in you the strength, the fortitude, and the tenacity that no matter what comes against you, it will not be too much to bear. You’ve been designed to withstand the opposition, overcome the injustice, and endure till the dream comes to pass.

When we’re tempted to think, “I can’t handle this,” the Scripture tells us, “Don’t faint in your mind” (Hebrews 12:3). Your structure is strong enough; now get your mind strong enough. Tell yourself, “I am well able. No weapon formed against me will prosper. That difficulty will pass. I am strong and of good courage, for the Lord my God is with me.”
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