So here it is again a message from the Holy Spirit speaking of how we will go through trials, yet through faith in Him, we can be over-comers.
I was listening to Focus on the Family last week and happen to catch a talk by Kay Warren about being resilient. Quite a few things stuck with me during this talk, but a couple really struck me. A couple of things she says is that life is really harder than we ever expected, that we have high expectations of what life is supposed to be like and we are shocked when things don’t go our way. She talked about how us in the western world and first world countries have first world problems.
But she also spoke about how resilience can be learned. She quoted Romans 5:3-4, but for context I believe its best to look at verses 1-5.
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Because of what Jesus Christ has done and the faith we can have in Him, the sufferings we face build character within us and can give us hope. God gives us gifts in order to have this hope and build character. One is His Holy Spirit. I believe the Holy Spirit can strengthen us when we need it. We also have hope in His word. But both of these are choices. We can choose to listen to the Holy Spirit and be tuned to His guidance. We can also choose to read and have a desire to want to read God’s Word. Psalm 1:1-2 says
1Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night
I find myself more and more desiring to know and read my Bible. I love reading it and even praying over it. It offers Hope to us. God wants good things for us, He is a good daddy.
So then I read it again in Jim Dennison’s First 15 devotional.
Believe me, I have to remind myself of this same concept all the time, that God IS causing all things to work for my good. These trials, or tests of our faith, fine tune us and refine us to draw us nearer to God and to weed out the things that cause us to turn away from God in these times. God never promises an easy and completely comfortable life. As Kay Warren reminded me, Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that we will have trouble. But right after that he prays for us.
The same day when I heard Kay Warren speak, I also read in my morning devotion by Charles Spurgeon writing about Romans 14:8, If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. If we really live for the Lord, we have to take the good with the, what we perceive to be, bad. We are God’s children. Spurgeon says that “we are here to glorify Christ in our daily life”. None of us has a great day everyday. We all have days that are not so good. But we are to reflect Jesus and live for is purpose everyday.
Kay Warren’s talk is in the link below.
I wish I could say that I walked with a resilient attitude at all times, but I don’t. I have times where u feel like life is so hard and question if Gid is really causing all things to work for my good. I have continually read God’s word to be reminded if his love for me. I hope this message encourages you to be resilient. I know Kay’s message has encouraged me greatly. It encouraged me that God is bigger than the things I face each day and that only with God’s strength can I overcome my fears and step out of the dark places I can fall into.