It is not a question…
…of whether or not we will have trials and troubles. It is a question of how we will respond to them. Trials and troubles and tribulation and a guaranteed part of living in a fallen world. But, we don’t have to be bound by them. We don’t have to be ruled by them.
They called on God that their faith not be destroyed.
“…but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32).
34 “But be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will overtake all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36).
I heard a pastor say that fear is just faith in the wrong thing. We’re sure that this bad thing is going to happen. We believe it. We have faith in it. What we need to do is put our faith in God and trust Him. One of the very practical ways we can face fear is to spend more time in worship and prayer. We’ve got the best offense on our side, but we spend all our time worrying about the defense. We don’t even give God a chance t do what He could and wants to do because we spend all our time worrying about the potential bad thing(s) that could happen.
Let me encourage you today so spend time worshipping God and praying to God, asking God to fight for you. Try, if you at all possible, to spend at least an equal amount of time focused and concentrated on God, worshipping Him and seeking Him and his face. If you do, you will start to see a shift in the way you think about the trials and troubles you are facing.
When you do this, you’re punching fear in the face and putting your faith in God instead of in our fallen world. Have faith in God!
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.