This week, I write about encouragement because everyone looks for solutions in light of trials. We know life is complex. Someone needs faith during a health crisis like cancer or paralysis. The Devil tells lies, and yet you are calm while controlling negative emotions. A negative thought can sap your energy, because you follow the dominant thought. With that said, a person who thinks positive produces better success during adversity. As we search for better ways to improve our lives, we need strength as well wisdom. God cares for every need at that.
The New Man
In a church service, you can meet people from diverse walks of life. Some of us struggle with loneliness while other people suffer domestic violence. Someone else prays for salvation when a child goes through turmoil. Many need financial breakthroughs. We all want quick answers because our faith is tested. As a result, you lack enough self-confidence doubting the power of God. Instead of praising God, your problems become too large and complex. God Jehovah Girah provides. Over time, your faith grows stronger while expecting the victory. God loves obedience when I exercise more and more faith. “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him” 1 Colossians 3:-11 NLT.
Light in a Dark World
Christians are peculiar people who represent Jesus in a dark world. God is the answer for any problem, but the journey causes pain. Nobody wants to suffer… At the same time God uses discomfort to get our attention. You depend on God even more during trials. Looking at a mountain, I prayed harder for solutions. Even though the season felt uncomfortable, I understand the impact of the spirit realm which impacts every detail of life. The bible says a person perishes because he lacks knowledge. Without knowledge of the word and perseverance, we cannot not learn about the good news. God gave each person gifts and talents. Some are doctors, nurses, mothers, counselors, and financial experts (leadership traits). I believe a leader develops character through storms.
As ministers we look for many opportunities to witness God’s love and power through the word. If you go to church every Sunday without inviting a friend, another person lacks well-being during trials. The world does not understand sin’s deception because we speak wisdom over peoples’ lives. What is the truth of the gospel that transforms a man’s soul?
A few years ago, I worked in a call center, and a distressed man asked for a mental health doctor. As I searched for doctors in his area, I reassured him. Even though that man planned to kill himself, I ministered hope during a stressful call. How come?
In Joshua 1:6-9, I love reading about a fearless leader Joshua who overcame obstacles with faith and perseverance, despite disappointments. Joshua an old man still had determination to enter the Promised Land while the younger generation complained about hardships. After Moses died, Joshua stepped up his leadership responsibilities.
The children of Israel received land an inheritance when Joshua and Caleb conquered their enemies. Similar, my faith goes through adversity when I become frustrated. Facing challenges, we feel helpless sometimes. Nobody enjoys discomfort, but hope is powerful. I develop expectation through a consistent prayer life because God gives me reassurance, not wishful thinking. “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it” 1 Peter 3:15 NLT.
I wonder if God hears my prayers sometimes. Yes, he cares. A friend sent me a beautiful prayer over Facebook this morning; a positive is contagious. You constantly refresh your spirit man fellow-shipping with good friends. Faith and hope work together when friends encourage us with the word.
Stir up your faith!
The bible says faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. For years, I quoted Hebrews 11:1 so that my prayers reached God. A woman who has faith speaks life into her family, church, and community. Rather than accepting defeat, she expects favor with breakthroughs.
I hope you enjoy this post, because I needed encouragement. When I worry too much, a friend encourages me with a kind word. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his plan and purpose” Romans 8:28 AMP.