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I will be with you in Trouble

Just because we are Christians and operate in faith doesn’t mean we will never have trials in our life. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Ps 34:19; ESV). “He shall call upon Me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him (Ps 91:15; AMPC). So, according to the Bible, we will have challenges but we need to be reminded that God is with us as we go through those challenges and He is also the solution for our problems. When we are praying about situations that we are facing the first thing we need to ask for is wisdom, then wait on God to give us instruction as to how to pray and act.
That is what King Jehoshaphat did when he was surrounded by enemy armies, “Then Jehoshaphat feared and set himself (determinedly, as his vital need) to seek the Lord; he proclaimed a fast in all Judah” (2 Chron 20:3; AMPC). As a result, God gave him a plan and also, victory! (See Chron 20:1-30).
We all know about all the challenges and persecution that the apostle Paul faced (see 2 Cor 11:23-28) however, Paul relied on God’s strength and power in those situations (2 Cor 12:9). That is what we can do too. Our deliverance from storms in life doesn’t always come overnight but faith and patience bring the answer (Heb 6:12). As Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33; ESV).

Are we Focused

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33; NKJV). As we focus on God and make Him our priority, our primary focus, then God will make all the blessings, power and fullness ours. That should encourage all of us! Zacchaeus, the tax collector, climbed a tree to be able to see Jesus; he responded quickly, with joy and excitement to Jesus’ request to stay at his house (Luke 19:1-10). His focus on the Lord resulted in a complete change in his life for the better. Noah had to be steadfastly focused on God to build a massive ark in a dry place and with the ridicule of his neighbours (Gen 6:1-22). God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation and He showed Abraham the starts at night to illustrate the promise (Gen 15:5). Abraham kept his focus on and faith in the promise by often gazing at the stars! Jesus is the prime example of focus, “Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God” (Heb 12:2; NKJV). Jesus endured all this suffering because He was focused on the results, satan’s defeat and our salvation. Are we walking in all Christ won for us? How is our focus? Do we “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17; NKJV)? “Rejoice always” (1 Thess 5:16; NKJV)? Praise Him continually (Ps 34:1)? Study the word day and night (Josh 1:8)? Are we easily distracted from this pursuit by the world around us? Let’s get focused like Jesus and set the world on fire for God!


“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace” (Num 6:24-26; NIV). This was the blessing that the Lord told Moses to speak over the children of Israel; this blessing is timeless and still applicable today. The Hebrew word for bless is barach and means to “increase in prosperity.” Prosperity doesn’t just apply to our finances but to every area of our lives. We learn more about being blessed in Deuteronomy chapter 28 where it says that, “blessings will overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (Deut 28:2; NKJV). Read Deut 28:1-14 and see how blessed you are! In Psalm 1 we read about the blessing that comes on those that delight in God and His word. Verse 3 says that person will be like a vibrant tree and “whatever he does shall prosper” (Ps 1:3; NKJV).
In the New Testament, Matt 5:1-11 we have the Beatitudes which means supreme blessedness. In each beatitude we have to behave a certain way in order to be supremely blessed. We are also told by the apostle Paul that we are, “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1:3; NKJV). It doesn’t get much better than that! Of course, there is so much more in the Bible with regard to being blessed but I close with this verse, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29; NKJV). That’s us!

Struggling with Temptation?

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptations to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Cor 10:13; NLT). As Christians we are still tempted to sin (James 1:1:4). When we became a Christian only our spirit was made new (John 3:3, 5-8), our souls and bodies (1 Thess 5:23) were not renewed. Temptation does not come from God (James 1:13). Our unrenewed soul can respond to its own evil desires and be tempted to sin (James 1:14-15) and satan will tempt us as well (Matt 4:1-10; Gen 3:1-5). We need to renew our minds (Rom 12:2) and discipline our bodies (1 Cor 9:27). The apostle Paul described the struggle both he and we face between our renewed inner man or spirit and our flesh, our body and soul (Rom 7:15-25). However, he follows that discussion with the marvelous victory statement in Romans 8:2 (NLT), “And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” The power of the Holy Spirit within us brings life to our spirits that were dead in sin, power to enable us to walk in victory (Acts 1:8), direction to recognize and counter sin (Rom 8:16; 9:1) and power to change and become more like Christ (Rom 8:11; Gal 5:22-23)! We need to allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Let’s get in the word and see how God can keep us from temptation and lead us in victory. Finally, Jesus through His sacrifice and victory won forgiveness for us (Col 1:14), never forget that.

Trusting in the Word

“Jesus answered him, go in peace; your son will live! And the man put his trust in what Jesus said and started home” (John 4:50; AMPC). This was the royal official whose son was sick. He went to Jesus to ask Him to come and heal his son who was dying (John 4:46-54). I love this verse, the man simply put his trust in what Jesus SAID and it came to pass. I think you would call that simple faith. Another example is the Syrophoenician woman who wanted Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter in Mark 7:25-30. When Jesus simply SAID, “the demon has gone out of your daughter” (v29) she believed His word and went home and sure enough the girl was delivered. In Luke 17:11-19 we read about the 10 lepers that Jesus healed; again, they simply believed what Jesus SAID to them, “go at once and show yourselves to the priest.” They were healed as they went because of their faith in the words of Jesus.
You might be thinking it was easy for these people because Jesus was right there in the flesh. However, we have the words of Jesus on every page of our Bible and we can still put our trust in every word that is written because God is faithful.
Are you dealing with an impossible situation as each one of these people were? Find yourself a “word” from the Lord that pertains to your situation and put your trust in that word. Keep rehearsing it and speaking it until you also receive the answer like they did.