HANDLING THE TROUBLES OF LIFE calls for absolute awareness that we all have an enemy, Satan. He hates us with a passion, and is unwilling to see us enjoy the blessings God has for us. But… walking with God (Jesus Christ), guarantees peace and victory.(Psalm 91)
As a believer, if your life is seamless; a life without occasional troubles, you better check and shake up your priorities with Christ! Why, you may ask? The bible says so; “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the EVIL DAY, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13 KJV). This simply means, each and every one of us is appointed a day of trials, temptations and tests — a day of trouble. After all, the bible was clear when he said, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19 KJV)
Many factors are involved during evil times. It is for the person undergoing it to discern the vessel being used, and defeat them by the already provided divine weapon, the Lord’s weaponry.
Being well versed in the word of God lays a better foundation for attacking the enemy, and desiring the willingness to use your God-given weapons, without compromise, guarantees a total stampede of all the fiery darts of Satan.
1. In troubled times, as a Christian, you have to first accept it with joy, knowing that trouble did not just pick you, but was allowed to fall on you by God (James 1:2) Remember that the only reason Satan accused you in the first place is because you are a servant of God, and accordingly, wants you “to curse God and die” (Job 1:11). Know that every test in your life is designed to release a testimony on you, except when there is a compromise! Compromise? Yes compromise. Many believers in the midst of trials settle for quick fixes, instead of God’s designed promotions, and experiences (James 1:2-4
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5 KJV) Taking the advantage of the strength provided by God (Wisdom) is vital, and this is available to anyone that ask for it.
2. Trusting the Lord in troubled times reassures your loyalty to Him. Trust establishes a relationship, and believe it or not, any relationship must be tested. Your part of the deal is to believe God’s word. Do not forget all of God’s infallible promises. “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”(Nahum 1:7 KJV). The author of Hebrews advises us that by working with God, it is vital to accept every truth about Him. Missing the point with God neutralizes all His actions to victory. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
3. Accepting the word of God faithfully is the strength you need to surge ahead. King David once said; “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” (Psalm 138:7 KJV). This is a fact, and lives for anyone that believes it. The entire bible recorded the miracles of God; how God used ordinary people to defeat giants, great kings and mighty nations. These warriors of God trusted Him with every fiber of their lives, and emerged victorious.
4. You are not alone in your troubles. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2 KJV). The fact is that God loves you, and have set everything in place to give you access to your heart desires. Fear is the opposite of faith, and every fear should be countered by the word of God, which in essence increases your faith. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”(John 14:1 KJV). In other words, Christ was saying to believers to trust every written word of the Holy Bible, since, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 KJV)
5. Share your feelings, fears, trials and experiences with God. This is the whole call for prayer. You are dealing with a God that controls all things and answers all prayers. Do not be ignorant! Satan does not want you to open up to Him. Keeping secrets from God hurts the Christian because the devil will use your secrets against you. The fact still remains that God knows you, your thoughts, ways and steps. He is only trying your heart. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:7, 8 KJV)
6. Always live a thankful life. A life of thanksgiving gladdens the heart of God. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7 NKJV)
Living a thankful life kills the spirits of anxiety. Also, it strengthens a believers prayer life. Thanksgiving glorifies God, and prepares a believer for more testimonies to come. According to Isaiah, “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” (Isaiah 51:11 KJV). If you believe that you are redeemed of the Lord, your praise is expected of Him.
Finally, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 NIV), and my recommendation is this ” brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
Scripture of the day: The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. ~ Nahum 1:7 KJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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