Bishop Jakes - It’s A Faith Thing
One of the biggest challenges as Christians is to continue to trust God while going through difficult times. How can I continue to trust God when my life is not going well at all, in fact my situation seems to worsen? How do I continue to believe in God when everything around me seems to be falling apart? How can I keep praising God and giving Him thanks, while I don’t have the strength to do so, what should I do? This question is not new and the answer is very simple. Repeatedly in Scripture, God says that the righteous shall live by faith (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). Although this answer does not satisfy us very often, because it does not directly meet our expectations (deliverance), God surely tells us the truth.
What does it mean that the righteous shall live by faith? To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). And the apostle Paul adds that faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of Christ. In other words, especially during our difficult times, we need a word or a promise from God to hold on to. As we go through the darkest times of our lives, we need only to remember and proclaim that word or promise of God, we need to stand firm on something, and God’s word/promise is a solid foundation.
How does remembering and speaking the word of God change circumstances? You must know that peace and joy are among our greatest needs during such times, as they enable us to keep moving forward with life, as well as doing the will of God. You need this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised (Hebrews 6:12; 10:35-36; 11:6). Holding on to the word of God, keeping it in your heart, gives you hope, and the more you proclaim His promises, the more you are strengthened by the Holy Spirit’s power. Again, remember that the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. As you suffer in your soul, and perhaps also in your body, do not focus on your problems, but rather focus on God, on His promises, on His faithfulness, and let the Holy Spirit strengthen you. For God's Kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of the righteousness, peace, and joy which the Holy Spirit gives (Romans 14:17). Thus, by your obedience, God will manifest Himself and help you; every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning (James 1:17).
As you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, remember that God is with you, this valley will not be your burial place, but God is using it to prepare you for something great, for He only has good plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11). I pray that the God of patience and consolation will strengthen you and keep you in Jesus Christ our Lord, so that by your faith and obedience, your deliverance will appear swiftly like the sun at dawn. Amen!
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