Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Hard Times

How we deal with the hard times is just as important as believing in God's love and willingness to help us. During times in our life when we feel broken we may find ourselves battling old thinking patterns. When we are emotionally and mentally challenged to hold it together our old thinking patterns may pop up and tell us that we need a cigarette, we need a drink, we need whatever it is that person used for a crutch before he or she learned to have faith in God Almighty.

God will not only supernaturally take care of life's problems he will give us strength, empower us, lift us up, give us peace that is beyond all understanding. When you can stand peacefully in a storm solid in your faith you have reached a level of faith that will allow you to operate in the holy spirit and manifest the fruit of the spirit in your life. You see God's power, see him at work. I have found that sometimes I only need to tell myself no and at other times I have to bury myself in God's word.

I have also seen times when after being mentally and emotionally barraged for a long time I felt spiritually and mentally weak. I felt as though I was so spiritually weak, dumbfounded even at how difficult it was becoming to remain the strong one, positive and centered and holding it together for everyone else. At those times in my life I find it necessary to separate myself from the source of heart ache but often that isn't possible. Sometimes just finding a little time to be alone with the Lord and fellowship with him is like trying to find water in a desert. I have learned that stealing five minutes here or 20 minutes there is the only time I have to lock and reload. But it is possible and it is all I need to release God's power in my life. Prayer, worship and praise are powerful tools of faith.

During the difficult times in life we sometimes have to cling to the little ammunition we have against the world  but it is enough. In many battles in the word we read that someone had to be obedient to God and often they had to allow God to be the chief of staff but they always won the battle even when all the odds were against them. In the word we find battles where angels fought beside men, and one angel killed 185,000 of the enemy army in one night while soldiers slept, and so much more. We can't see with the naked eye what goes on in the battlefield of our life but I am convinced that angels are fighting for us, beside us and instead of us.

We have to empower ourselves with truths from the word of God. When you believe in God's amazing love and power and see things on a larger scale instead of allowing yourself to be buried under one mountain you will see things and situations change all around you. Trust in God's power and strength not your own.

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