In this life, God has determined for us even before time, the very reason He purposed us for, for only good and holy purposes. Life is brutal as many will say, but we are called to ‘carry a cross,’ we are called to serve others where God calls us to, we are called to serve our families even if it means we feel like a complete slave at times, we are called to be selfless, thereby denying the flesh that constantly seeks pity and causes us to boast in our own strengths, that in comparison to the power of God’s Spirit, will fail constantly.
When we choose to follow God the right way, we will see a lot of tribulation, God will use what the devil means for evil to refine us and set us free from the selfish thoughts and burdens that entangle us deep within us from our fears and pains and past traumas. Only the truth can set us free. God is the best physician!
If we can fight through the tribulation we encounter, and allow God to sanctify us by the power of His Holy Spirit overtime, never using our freewill to keep running back to sinful things for ‘ relief’ when we face these fiery trials, but instead choosing obedience to Christ through the viciously hard times, praying and praying, reading God’s Word, and thus captivating our every thought in Christ ( doing what the bible says at all times( possible by the Spirit of God)), God CAN get us to the place and the purpose He intended for us from the beginning of time.
So yes, life is brutal, but if you strive towards holiness by the power of His Spirit, never ever giving up, our dreams that live inside us can come true, the purpose God intended for us, for the glory of His great name can take place!
Matt 6:33 With God all things are possible
Matthew 16:24-26English Standard Version
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him (A)deny himself and (B)take up his cross and follow me. 25 For (C)whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For (D)what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or (E)what shall a man give in return for his soul?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
New International Version
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us -Ephesians 3:20
New Living Translation
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes- Ephesians 1:4
James 4New International Version
Submit Yourselves to God
4 What causes fights and quarrels(A) among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle(B) within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill.(C) You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive,(D) because you ask with wrong motives,(E) that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous(F) people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world(G) means enmity against God?(H) Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.(I) 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]?(J) 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,(L) and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.(M) Wash your hands,(N) you sinners, and purify your hearts,(O) you double-minded.(P) 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.(Q) 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.(R)
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another.(S) Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[d] or judges them(T) speaks against the law(U) and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it,(V) but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge,(W) the one who is able to save and destroy.(X) But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?(Y)
Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Now listen,(Z) you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”(AA) 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.(AB) 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will,(AC) we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.(AD) 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.(AE)
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,(AO) set your hope(AP) on the grace to be brought to you(AQ) when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.(AR) 14 As obedient(AS) children, do not conform(AT) to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.(AU) 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;(AV) 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a](AW)
17 Since you call on a Father(AX) who judges each person’s work(AY) impartially,(AZ) live out your time as foreigners(BA) here in reverent fear.(BB) 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed(BC) from the empty way of life(BD) handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood(BE) of Christ, a lamb(BF) without blemish or defect.(BG) 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world,(BH) but was revealed in these last times(BI) for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God,(BJ) who raised him from the dead(BK) and glorified him,(BL) and so your faith and hope(BM) are in God.
22 Now that you have purified(BN) yourselves by obeying(BO) the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply,(BP) from the heart.[b] 23 For you have been born again,(BQ) not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,(BR) through the living and enduring word of God.(BS) 24 For,
And this is the word that was preached to you.