How to be the same in hard times as we are in good times. That does not mean we are going to feel the same way in both times but it does mean we do not have to take our hard times or difficulties on somebody else. We still have to keep our commitments, keep giving, worshipping, praying. Well there are some things that we cannot do that only God can do. When you do not know what to do, keep doing what you know how to do.
Stand strong in God, stand strong in every season of life.
John16:33 -Jesus said there was going to be tribulation, and when it comes, cheer up. The devil wants your joy because he is aware that the joy of the Lord is your strength. If he can get you sad, depressed, discouraged, negative, critical, complaining, jealous of everyone, then he’s won. But the real trick for you is to throw your best shot and stand strong in God.
Have that attitude of professing that you can do those things through the grace of God, whether easy or hard; you can do what God wants you to do even if you do not understand what is going on in your life.
Stand strong in God.
1 Timothy 6: 12 -Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and for which you confessed the good confession of faith before many witnesses.
Fighting the good fight in faith is different from any kind of physical fights that you may have had. Its not a fight that frustrates you, its actually fighting from a position of rest and peace. It’s knowing that you’re fighting a battle that you’ve already won because Jesus said it is finished and all you are doing is working out on daily basis in your life.
Laying hold of eternal life to which you were summoned meaning living today for what God has promised us in eternity. You are never going to enjoy your life if you’re not living to fulfil God’s purpose for your life. If you’re just living to entertain yourself, then you’ll be miserable. But if you live for God, and live to make other people happy and spread love, you will be happy and you will be able to stand yourself.
2 Timothy 4:7 – I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Here I set the importance on finishing the race. Finish it, the bible says. It’s time to be strong. One way to be strong is by not thinking and talking about your problems all the time. It does not do you any good.
Ephesians 6: 12. -For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood but against the despotisms, against powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly sphere.
Bottom line, we need to realise that in God, we can stand against the evil, we can resist him and have amazing, fruitful and happy lives but we cannot fight an enemy we pretend does not exist. Sometimes we blame our problems on people and do not even realise it’s the devil that is behind it all.
The true secret: you do not fight evil with evil. You do not return insults for insults; injury for injury; We let God take care of things, we forgive, we stay happy and pray that people will change. Even if someone hurt you ten years ago, you do not let them keep hurting you today.
Let God do what only God can do. It’s okay to enjoy your life while having a problem.
Jesus i want you, come in.
Leave all the ‘what ifs’ on the side, because God has taken control of your situation. It doesn’t make a difference how you start but what is important is how you finish. Finish your race.
Ephesians 6:13 – Therefore put God’s complete amor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day and having done all the crisis demands, stand firmly in your place. God tells us that his truth will protect us. That knowing who we are in Christ will protect us. When you get a problem, don’t ask ‘God do you love me?’ Tell yourself, God i know you love me. That’s when you say: Nothing can separate you from the love of God no matter what is happening in my life and he is not the source of my problems. There’s too much as stake to juggle up and down, to quit when in times of crisis; just stand firm and strong in God.
Stand strong against the enemy. Resist the devil and he will flee. It’s got to be God and not us. When you are suffering, the more you can have a good time and laugh, not at your problem, but about life moments, the easier you deal with your problems. Stop thinking you cannot enjoy your life because you have problems going on.
A strong Christian who stands in Christ and works with God can enjoy life because its the will of God. Now that does not mean you’re leaving on vacation but all that means is you are living in the rest of God.
Finally, Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.