GETTING COURAGE THROUGH ALL YOUR DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE

Many of us whether we are Christians or not will go through difficulties and trails in our life. There are many reasons why we may go through these difficulties in our lives. It may be because we made bad decisions in our lives. It may be someone or people who are causing these difficulties. It could be our own desires that cause these difficulties. Whatever, reason why we go through these difficulties or trails will not be the focus of this article. The major focus of this article will be how we handle, respond or react to these difficulties or trails in our lives. More specifically the courage we may or may have when we are going through these difficulties and trails. This article will express the steps you will need to get or find courage through the word of God.

In the word of God it states in Deuteronomy 31:5-7… The Lord will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it...Moses commissions Joshua to led his people the Israelites to the land God had promise them. God knew this was going to be difficult so God encourage Moses and Joshua to have courage because God will be with them in all there difficulties. It further states in the word of God in Joshua 10:25… 2Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.” … with God’s help Israel won the battle against five Amorite armies. Such a triumph was part of God’s daily business as He Worked with the people for victory. Joshua told his men never to be afraid because similar victories over all their enemies. God has often protected us and won victories for us. The same God who empowered Joshua and who had had led us in the past will help us with our present and future needs, meaning in this case our present and future trails. Reminding ourselves of God’s help in the past will give us hope and courage for the struggles that lie ahead.

I also state in the word of God in Psalms 27:14… Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! … in this scripture David knew from experience what it meant to wait for the Lord. He had been anointed king st age 16, but didn’t become king until he was 30. During the interim, he was chased through the wilderness by jealous king Saul. David had to wait on God for the fulfillment of his promise of reign. Later becoming king, he was chased by his rebellious son, Absalon. Waiting for God is not easy.. Often it seems that He isn’t answering our prayers or doesn’t understand the urgency of our situation. That kind of thinking implies that God is not in control or is not fair. But God is worth waiting for. Make good use of your period of waiting to discover what is God trying to teach you in all your trails.

So with all that has been previously written here are the three basic steps to gaining courage in our difficulties or trails. First, recognize that God is in control, to a Christian that might seen very obvious, to a non-believer maybe. Jesus said in Matthew 19:26… 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”Jesus states in this scripture told his disciples anyone can be saved, but not by mankind but through the power of God. It is further demonstrated the God in control in John 5:5-9… Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”After 38 years, this man’s problem had become a way of life. No one had ever help him. He had no hope of ever being healed and no desire to help himself. The man’s situation looked hopeless. But no matter how trapped you feel in your infirmities, God can minister to your ddespest needs. Don’t let a problem or hardship cause you to lose hope. God may have special work for you to do in spite of your condition, or even because of it. Many have ministered effectively to hurting people because they have triumphed over their own hurts or trails. This man hadn’t walker in 38 years and was healed, but the Pharisees were more concern about their petty rules than the life and health of human being. It is so easy to get caught up in our man-made structures and rules that we forget the people involved. Are your guidelines for living God-made or man-made? Are you helping people, or have they become needless stumbling blocks? Knowing that God is always in control we all can find the courage over coming our trails in life.

Second, we must believe that God can do what He has promise through our prayers. Jesus said, in Matthew 7:7-8… “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. .. Jesus tells us to persist in pursuing God. People often give up after a few halfhearted efforts and conclude that God cannot be found or help in your situations or trails. But knowing God takes faith, focus, and follow-through, and Jesus assures us that we will be rewarded. Don’t give up in your efforts to seek God or ask God to give you the courage to face your trails. You must continue to ask God for more knowledge, patience, wisdom, love and understanding. God will give you your courage to face all you difficulties and trials in your life.

The last step to obtaining your courage in your difficulties or trails is that you must wait on the Lord. In the word of God in Isaiah 40:31… But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faintWaiting on the Lord is expecting that his promise of strength will help us to rise above life’s distractions-and difficulties. It also means trusting in God. Trusting helps us to be prepared when God speaks to us. Then we will be patient when he ask us to wait and expect God to fulfill the promises found in his Word. Trusting in God is the key in waiting on the Lord, because you don’t have to worry about what will happen to you while you are waiting on God to help overcome your trails. Jesus also states in Matthew 6:34… 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble… Planning for tomorrow is time well spent, worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about your goals or trails you may face. Then trusting in God’s guidance. When done well it in most cases eliminate your worries and you will have the courage tom face your difficulties and trails. Once you have conquered any worries about your trails in your life you will have the courage to face all the situation that may come your way in life. I have submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember, “Keep the Faith, and God Loves You and So Do I!”

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Written by Kofi Baruti

CAN WE BENEFIT FROM ADVERSITY?

Can we benefit from adversity? I want to answer this question through a passage of scripture in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10… And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. In the this passage of scripture we don’t know what Paul’s thorn in the flesh really was, because he doesn’t tell us. Some have suggested that it was malaria, epilepsy, or a disease of the eyes. Whatever the case, it was a chronic and debilitating problem, which at times kept him from working. This thorn was a hindrance to his ministry, and he prayed for its removal, but God refused. Paul was a very self-sufficient person, so this thorn must have been difficult for him. It kept Paul humble, reminded him of his need for constant contact with God, and benefited those around him as they saw God at work in his life. Although God did not remove Paul’s physical affliction, he promised to demonstrate his power in Paul. The fact that God’s power is displayed in weak people should give us courage. Though we recognize our limitations, we will not congratulate ourselves and rest at that. Instead, we will turn to God to seek pathways for effectiveness. We must rely on God for our effectiveness rather than simply on our own energy, effort, or talent. Our weakness not only helps develop Christian character, it also deepens our worship, because in admitting our weakness we affirm God’s strength. When we are strong in abilities or resources, we are tempted to do God’s work on our own, and that can lead to pride. When we are weak, allowing God to fill us with his power, then we are stronger that we could ever be on our own. God does not intend for us to seek to be weak, passive, or ineffective, life provides enough hindrances and setbacks without us creating them. When those obstacles come, we must depend on God. Only God’s power will make us effective for God and will help us do work that has lasting value.

Adversity can a tool God uses to call people to discipleship. Think about Paul the Apostle before he became an apostle on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:3-19… As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”

Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him, the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”

And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”

11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” 13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[b] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. 19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. Damascus a key commercial city was located about 175 miles northeast of Jerusalem in the Roman province of Syria. Several trade routes linked Damascus to others cities throughout the Roman world. Saul may have that by stamping out Christianity in Damascus, he could prevent its spread to other areas. Saul thought he was pursuing heretics (those teaching non-Jewish laws), but he was persecuting Jesus himself. Anyone persecutes believers today is also guilty of persecuting Jesus, because believers are the body of Christ on earth. Saul was led away from this experience blind to go into the city of Damascus. God told Saul to go into Damascus where he will be instructed as to what he must do. The Lord then spoke a Christian disciple name Ananias telling him to go the house of Judas where Saul of Tarsus was praying and he was to baptism Saul that he may receive his sight. Ananias knew of Saul saying “Not him, Lord that’s impossible. Saul could never become a Christian!” In essence, that’s what Ananias said when God told him of Saul’s conversion. After all, Saul had pursued believers to their death. Despite these understandable feelings. Ananias obeyed God and ministered to Saul. We must not limit God- God can do anything. We must obey and follow and follow God’s leading even when he leads us to difficult people and places. Faith in Christ brings great blessing but often great suffering too. Paul would suffer for his faith. God calls us to commitment, not to comfort. He promises to be with us through suffering and hardship, not to spare us from them. Ananias found Saul, as he had been instructed and greeted him as ‘Brother Saul’. Ananias feared this meeting because Saul had come to Damascus to capture the believers and take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. But in obedience to the Holy Spirit, Ananias greeted Saul lovingly. It is not always easy to show love to others, especially when we are afraid of them or doubt their motives. Nevertheless, we must follow Jesus command and Ananias’s example, showing loving acceptance to other believers. Although there is no mention of a special filing on the Holy Spirit for Saul, his changed life and subsequent accomplishments bear strong witness to the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in his life. Evidently, the Holy Spirit filled Saul when he receive his sight and was baptized. Through this adversity placed on Saul now known as Paul the Apostle we today nearly half of the New Testament. Always remember that God always has a master plan for each of us when God allows adversity to enter our lives. I have submitted a video related to this article. Enjoy the gospel video. Always remember, ‘Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I’.

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Written By Kofi Baruti