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3 things to Expect When Facing Life’s Challenges

3 things to Expect When Facing Life’s Challenges

Facing Your Problems

  • What can you do when God doesn’t take away your problems?
  • Who pays when you run from your problems?
  • What can you do when someone else’s problems affect you?
  • How do your problems put you on the path to maturity?
  • How can you take hold of God’s joy when you have problems?

Do you know any Christians who are not happy? How recently have you heard a Christian complain about a problem he or she was encountering?

God clearly promises pure joy to His children. So why are so many Christians unhappy, disgruntled, and some down right ugly?

What would need to change in your life for you to be able to say, “My life is full of pure joy!”

God’s path to pure joy is spelled out in James 1:2-4. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NIV)

The path to pure joy is not having problems—the path to God’s pure joy is mine when I face my problems. Many people live with the false belief that if they had less problems, or if they had no problems—that is the path to pure joy. But this clearly contradicts the simple truth of God’s word.

What is our typical response to problems?

  • We ignore them.
  • We deny them
  • We run from them
  • We rationalize them
  • We blame them on someone else—an enemy, a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or the devil.
  • We pray and ask God to take the problems away.

But our obsession with getting rid of the problem may cause us to miss what God wants us to learn. We blame it on the devil, failing to see God’s hand in it, not seizing this as an opportunity to draw closer to God and experience His pure joy.

Before you can say, “you obviously don’t know about the problems I’m facing,” look with me at what James says about how to experience God’s pure joy.

James says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:2-3 NIV) Every test, temptation, or trial is an opportunity to use God’s faith—His mighty power.

When I put God’s power to the test, will God fail me? Never! One reason I can have joy when I face my problems is that His power will see me through.

3 things to Expect When Facing Life’s Challenges:

The enemy will try to put fear in you

When you make a decision to face something, one of the tactics of the devil is to embed fear in you.  Convincing you to believe you can’t do it and to think of all the things that will happen as a result of you confronting what needs to be faced.

Don’t give into the schemes of the devil.  We know that he comes to kill, steal and destroy and that God has NOT given you the spirit of fearbut power, love and a sound mind.  Overcome the spirit of fear with faith.

Expect people to change on you

When Jesus was here on earth, the same people who smiled in His face were the same people who turned on Him and yelled for him to be crucified.  Truth be told, when you are facing whatever it is you need to face, not every person will understand.  They may smile, talk behind your back and even reject you as they did with Jesus.

Although Jesus knew this to be so, He didn’t let facing rejection, mockery, suffering and rejection stop Him from going to the cross.  As the time became closer for Jesus to be crucified, He said to his disciples, “The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead” (Luke 9:21)

As the time of crucifixion got even closer Jesus said, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Luke 22:42).  As you see, Jesus didn’t want to face being crucified, but He did for you and I.  But while doing so, He had people, such as Judas, change and turn on him.

When you make a decision to face life’s challenges and confront the things you know needs to be faced, don’t be surprised when people begin changing on you as they did with Jesus.

“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats” (1 Peter 3:14).

Expect God to work through you

The Bible never says that everything we face and go through will be good; however it does say that ALL things work out for our good.  When you confront the thing God has pricked in your heart to face, expect God to work through you; revealing His glory through you to others around you.

You may not see it right now, but once you confront this thing, at the end of it all you will realize that it was for your good that you needed to confront and face it.

You Can Face It: Final Words

Know that when you face this particular thing in your life, you can expect the devil to bring more temptation your way.  Why?  Because you’re actually doing something to spiritually grow in Christ.

While you were wavering and unsure on whether or not to face this particular thing, the devil didn’t need to do too much; but now that you’re facing it, expect the devil to tempt you more…but greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.

I don’t know what you need to face, but the Lord used my Bishop yesterday to tell the church that we can face it and now I’m telling you that YOU can face it.  Don’t allow the devil to hold you back from spiritual growth in Christ because of your fear to face this particular thing.  Cancel fear with faith.  Don’t allow the devil to convince you into believing you can’t face it.

If God’s been nudging at your heart to face something, do it.  Don’t worry about “this or that”.  You may have to make some adjustments, but God will give you the strength and grace to face and confront it.

Prayer for Facing Life’s Challenges

Heavenly Father, I ask in Jesus name that you help my brother/sister face the very thing that you’ve laid on their heart to face.  Give them the strength and grace needed to confront, face and deal with the very thing you know needs to be dealt with.

During this time, open their eyes to the schemes of the devil and allow them to overcome every temptation.  God I thank you for them.  I ask that you allow them to see that they’re not alone, for you have promised to never leave nor forsake them.

I thank you Lord for my brother/sister in Christ.  Give them the strength, grace, joy and peace needed to get through this.  In Jesus Christ name I pray; Amen.

Meril Jeffery John.J

Meril Jeffery John.J

If This is God's Will then no man can Fight it


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