I think one of the hardest things to accept as a Christian is that we are not promised a free ride, there will be trouble, trials and hard times.
When one first hears the good news of the gospel it is very easy to think that hard times are over and the sailing will be easy from here on out.
In fact, the Bible is filled with scripture that tell us we will suffer “a little while”, we will go through trials and tests. It is a given and we can count on it. There will be tribulation, temptation, trouble, affliction and oppression. Rest assured, as a Christina, you will have your crosses to bear.
Now that I have overcast your day with rain and worry, let me apply the sunshine.
Although God will test us, and Satan will tempt us with all kinds of evil, God gives us what we need to resist. Remember that evil desires come from within us, not from God. God supplies the resources we need to send Satan and his temptations running. God supplies the resources we need to stand firm in hard times.
The answers to the trials are found scattered throughout the Bible. Listen to this! Debut 31:8- The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you’ He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid. That brings goosebumps to my body and tears to my eyes. There is no where else you will find a promise like this from someone who has the power God does to back it up. Count on it.
Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep you away. Hallelujah and praise you Father. Promises are one thing and are a dime a dozen in the world we live in. Promises we can count on and live for, that is why we follow our Father.
Joshua 1:9- Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you………..where ever you go.
I cannot add a single word to this. It is promised, it is a given. It is available in one place only. Look to God your Father for promises that will not be broken.
………………..and so I ride