07 Sep Troubles and Trials, We Will Have Them
Is there always some trouble going on in your life? Do you feel like you are always being tested or tempted in something? Do you feel like Job in Job chapter 3, verse 26:
Job 3:26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”
The definition of the word trouble is to be agitated, to be stirred up, or to be distressed. It means the chaos of ordinary, everyday life.
In addition to the difficulties of ordinary living, for believers in Jesus Christ, there is persecution because we are believers. Jesus told us in John chapter 15 this:
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
Those are the facts of our conditions. Normal, everyday life is full of troubles, trials, and temptations. Living for Jesus brings persecutions. All of this can seem overwhelming at times. It can seem like there is no way out. So, how do we handle it all?
Whenever we face issues in life, it is important that we look to the Word of God to see what the Lord has to say to us. And He has quite a lot to say to us. We can apply His Word to where we are in each of these troubles, trails, and persecutions. In our struggles, He wants our eyes to be wide open, focused on Him, the One who will take us through!
So, don’t just see yourself as a victim of the problems you are facing. Don’t see yourself as struggling to cope with the issues of the moment. Don’t be overwhelmed by your circumstances. Focus on Jesus. See yourself as He is.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
You are an overcomer, a conqueror. In fact, you are more than a conqueror! In Christ, you are an overwhelming conqueror.
What will it be? Overwhelmed by circumstances or overwhelming conqueror? The first view is us seeing ourselves and our problems. The other view is Jesus seeing us and our problems. See yourself as Jesus sees you! Romans 8:35 tells us that tribulation, distress, persecution or anything can separate us from the love of Christ.
Romans 8: 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Whatever situations you are going through today, Jesus loves you and He has declared you an overwhelming conqueror!