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Many times when we pursue something good an obstacle arises that we didn’t expect. This can be a deal breaker for you if you’re thinking life in Christ means no problems, no difficulties and no challenges. Of course, every day shouldn’t be a struggle, but there are occasions in life when trials seem to portend the absence of God. Let me assure you, you are never alone. God says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) NIV
Difficulties and hardships tempt us to quit and throw in the towel, but as a believer this is your opportunity to prove your love for God transcends the issues at hand. Some trials are designed to strengthen your resolve. With every trial trust is the factor. As a new believer, one thing you must always trust and know is that no matter what situation you face, God loves you. Romans 8:35 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword?” Definitely, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!
You situation should never define your relationship with God. Remember, relationship is not based on what you get from God, relationship is based on commitment and trust that regardless of what you see, feel or experience, your God has not left you, but He very much loves you.
The best thing you can do as a believer is fight the “good fight of faith.” The good fight is to believe what God said instead of the visibly obvious. The good fight means to trust God when everything in you screams, “treason!” The good fight is to continue saying what God said instead of surrendering to doubt, unbelief, and anything contrary to scripture. Listen, God will not leave you, He will not forsake you, He will not let you fall, He will not desert you. He will always in your midst.
Be sure that you don’t betray God by changing your opinion of Him because life has thrown you a curve. “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12, NIV)
STUDY: (Answer In Your Own Words)
1 Corinthians 15:57 Is this victory marginal?
Ephesians 6:13 How does God expect His children to cope in hard times?
GOOD VERSE TO MEMORIZE: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13, NIV