Friday, 6 June 2014

Having Faith In The Midst Of Trials

I feel a need to speak to someone who has been waiting on the Lord for some form of miracle and it appears as though time is running out on you. Somewhere down in your spirit there is a struggle with the thought that can God really come through for you in that situation or not. And then the devil has been taking time to remind you of past disappointments that you seem to forget the past blessings.
I have just experienced this situation in my life and to the glory of God I have overcome. It’s not that I have a miracle at hand, but I have been able to look beyond my struggle and see the God who has the might and power to make all things abound to me. I have renewed my faith in the God who calls the things that be not as though they where and who brings forth the seen from the unseen.
No matter the level we are at in our walk and relationship with God, several times our faith gets tested. This testing comes in diverse ways, sometimes it could be financial needs, health needs, worries over children etc, but in truth on the pathway of life we will have challenges and our ability to trust and hold unto God through this challenges will be tested many times over. Sometimes we are tempted to give up on our faith, sometimes we ask God question.
 All these are not out of place, but what the problem will then be is if we are unable to get past our inner struggle that fights our faith in God. When there seem to be a delay in what you expect the Lord to do for you, it’s not the time to give up, but rather the time to intensify your faith and look up to God. I have always heard it said that the night is darkest just before down, and also that the battle is most fierce just before victory comes. So when you think that you can’t take the challenges anymore, that is the most appropriate time to fix your gaze on Jesus alone.

Romans 4:18-21
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your off spring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead - since he was about a hundred years old - and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded God had power to do what he had promised.


This passage as helped my faith a great deal. There is the need to live in the consciousness that no matter the challenge we might be facing, it is never beyond the power and might of God. As a true child of God, His promises are yours for keeps and that will definitely manifest at His own appropriate timing, because God will not promise what He does not intend to make happen. He is not a man that He should lie and His words will never fail.
Abraham knew this truth about God, he had walked with God well enough to conclude in his heart that God has the power to do what He had promised.
The devil always use past disappointments to try to destablise our faith. In the inner struggles of our heart as we pass through life’s challenges, one is continually reminded of past failures that tends to make you conclude its not worth trying again and you just tend to give up in the middle of the struggle and conclude it can never get better, or maybe that is how it's meant to be. Well you are not designed to drown in struggles and challenges, they only come as a test of faith and will pass away once you are able to defeat the struggle. The thought of God towards us is of good, to give us hope and bring us to an expected end.

Mark 5:25-29
And a  woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet the instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

The story above is one that we are very familiar with, but its not the fact that the woman got healed that I want to emphasize on, but the fact that she didn’t give up in the midst of her struggle. She had suffered for twelve years, tried and failed to get healing as she passed from one doctor to another. She had spent all she had in order to get well to no avail. Yet when she heard about Jesus she decided to give it another try. Had she dwelt on the failures of past attempts, she will never have tried Jesus and never had gotten freed from her suffering. She put her faith to work once more time and because this time in was the faith on Jesus and not the doctors, she was healed.
Whatever it is you are hoping in God for, as long as you remain a true child of God, hold on to the truth that God has the power to do what He has promised. He will not promise what He does not intend to give. As long as you have the promise of God, know for sure that at the appointed time, your smiles will come and your joy will be full. You are not built by God to break, your challenges are only there to make you strong. Don't loss your focus on Jesus. Learn to say like the woman with the issue of blood that “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed,” and in truth your faith will work for you to the glory of God alone.


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