In it inevitable, Christians go through many trials. Just like Jesus, we suffer persecution every day. Whether it be on the job, in school, in relationships (friends and/or spouses), and/or at church.
God equips us with the following:
Strength to endure,
Strength in suffering,
Strength to change,
Strength to fight against all odds
THE ENEMY WANTS TO TRAP US IN OUR TRIALS & IN OUR THOUGHTS. The truth is that if we keep our eyes on Jesus, the Way-maker, the Deliverer, we can approach every trial with the mindset that He will supply all of our needs and He will rescue us from our troubles, our trials, in His timing.
Trials are meant to strengthen our faith. Sometimes we ask why God allows things to happen to us. The answer is that God allows us to go through situations to help us and to be a witness to others, giving us and others the strength, the encouragement by way of our testimonies of His goodness.
The Bible teaches us to be thankful in all things and to prayer without stopping.
In trials, pray and praise, pray and praise while adding in worship.
- The Lord says that He is with us, always.
- The Lord says that vengeance is His. Therefore, our strength is built, not on people, but on Him.
TAKE SOME TIME THIS WEEK TO REFLECT ON YOUR PAST VICTORIES. Remember that God will come through for you if you keep your mind on Him. God is The Problem-Solver. There is no problem big enough that God can’t solve.
Whatever it is that you are facing, don’t lose hope. Hold fast to your belief in God.
Make a decision to trust God, no matter the obstacle. You can’t have the victory if you aren’t willing to put in time to listen to God. We need to study The Word of God. We need to fast. We should give a sacrifice of praise.
Spiritual Food for the Soul – the ingredients are below
- Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV | New King James Version
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him beglory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
- Luke 18:1 NLT | New Living Translation
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.
- Exodus 14:14 ESV |English Standard Version
The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
- Deuteronomy 3:22 GNT |God News Translation
Don’t be afraid of them, for the LORD your God will fight for you.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 NASB | New American Standard
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast [a]about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with [b]insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
NOTE: Being content doesn’t mean that God won’t turn your situation around, it simply means that whatever you face, you rest in knowing that it won’t be long before The Rescuer, The Deliver shows up.
- Philippians 4:11-13 NIV | New International Version
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength