Having just gone through a long season of pain and fear, I just wanted to offer a “battle plan” that enables a believer to endure trials from the place of victory and hope that Jesus’ death and resurrection permanently secured for us. This helped me and I pray it does the same for you…
1) The Word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. —(Ps. 33:4).
All means ALL.
All means the good and the bad. Jesus pulled no punches when He said, “In the world, you will have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer ( take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted!). For I have overcome the world. (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you).”—(John 16:33)
No doubt about it…this life can be rough. However, we must prioritize His Word over our circumstances.
His Word tells us over and over that He is a loving God and everything He says is true. His ways are not our ways, but they are always right. Regardless of what we can see, we can know with absolute certainty that He will prove faithful to us.
2) When we stumble and fall (which we will), it is not the end of the world, as evidenced in Micah 7:7-8: “As for me, I watch in hope for the LORD; I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my Light.”
Notice that Micah did not say that he was hoping and waiting for his circumstances to change.
His focus was on his God, who is the Author of Hope.
Even so, he experienced setbacks, as we all do. The enemy loves it when we stumble and fall. He is a shameless opportunist and works hard to convince us that we will never change, that God is disappointed in us and can never use us.
However, we can join with Micah and refuse to stay down. Jesus knows that we are frail and our weaknesses and failures never catch Him off guard. We can thwart the enemy’s plan by accepting Jesus’ outstretched hand and choosing not only to stand up again, but to move forward out of the darkness that surrounds us and into His Light, bold and unafraid.
Don’t you dare stay down when you fall. You have a Savior who is ever-ready to lift you up. (Ps. 40:1-3)
3) You may say, “I don’t have the strength to get up again. I’m too tired and the battle has raged too long.”
Jesus would disagree. He tells us in His Word that we can do all things through Him because He gives us His strength. (Philippians 4:13). Once again, all means ALL.
Due to the fact that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, we possess the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. There is nothing that comes our way that we cannot handle in the strength that Jesus offers us.
You are not at the mercy of your circumstances. They are to be firmly under your feet. Claim Philippians 4:13 and refuse to live in fear and weakness.
Your legacy is supernatural strength and victory.
4) Do not live in fear of lack.
Jesus promises to supply all your needs according to His glorious riches (Philippians 4:19). Notice that the text does not say that He will provide “out of” His riches, but “according to.”
If I have $100 and I give you $5.00, I only have $95 left.
Jesus is infinite and has infinite resources that can never be diminished in any way! He knows exactly what you need when you need it and He will always provide your needs.
My husband and I saw this time and time again in the months following his lay-off. We absolutely marveled at God’s abundant provision. As a result, we learned that everything we have truly comes from His hand. Knowing this leads to the peace that does pass all understanding.
(Quick note: much of what we classify as ‘needs’ are actually ‘wants.’ If you need it, He will always provide it. If you don’t have it, it was a ‘want’ and not a true need. Oh, this was a tough lesson for me to learn! After many tears, I finally submitted to the fact that He sees the big picture and I don’t. I came to accept it when He said no because I learned that I could absolutely trust His heart and that He could only give me good things ( Psalm 84:11). And you know what? He is such a lavish Giver that He does give plenty of ‘wants’ too…as long as we seek Him above all else).
5) Regardless of your circumstances, claim the liberating and awesome truth of this Scripture: “… pray that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His His glory (to exercise every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, giving thanks to the Father…” (Colossians 1:11-12).
It is verses like these that vividly illustrate that the true Christian life is a supernatural life. If you pray this Scripture and believe that your desire will be granted, I guarantee you that everyone around you will know that you have been with Jesus.
When going through a trial, never lose sight of the fact that you follow a risen Savior who will always lead you in triumph!
The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior who saves! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest (in silent satisfaction) and in His love He will be silent and make no mention of past sins or even recall them. He will exult over you with singing.—Zephaniah 3:17