Exercise Your Right To Be Resilent

If only life were calm seas all the time. A perpetual vacation would be paradise. Unfortunately we live in a fallen world and are beset with financial loss, divorce, death, loss of jobs, a devastating medical diagnosis, betrayal and when that happens we tend to focus on what is happening around us not who lives inside. Life can knock us around in a grand fashion.Paul was not speaking out of turn when He asked the question “Do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?

2 Corinthians 13:5

So when any number of devastating circumstances fall at your door. Remember that Jesus isn’t only walking beside us, He is living in us. If He is living inside us, we can know that no matter what happens. He is going to be there with us. 

The Biblical References to our resilience are abundant. 

Joshua 1:9

2 Timothy 1:7

Romans 8:37

Ephesians 6:10

A particular favorite of mine. 1 Peter 1:8-9

Stop dwelling on the bad. Yes, it hurts, it changes your life, it feels as if nothing will ever be the same but remember where your strength comes from. Stop looking out, start looking up. 

Exercise your faith even when you don’t feel like it. 

The hope, faith and trust that you experience when you rely on Jesus Christ will temper the hurt and pain if only by the fact that we know we are preceded by Him who we have put our faith and trust in. 

Christ will keep His promise to always be with us. 

The definition of resilience is “the ability to persist in life’s pursuits in spite of difficulties and obstacles. Isn’t it comforting to know that our resilience is grounded in our faith in Christ and nothing can shake that. 

Be strong in your trials with the truth you know of Christ. 

As you wade through the pain trust in the truth you know of Christ. 

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT)

My Weakness/His Power/My Victory

Trials, tribulation, affliction, oppression?

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

Isaiah 41: 10-13

At no time in my life have I depended on this scripture more than the last couple of years. Isn’t it wonderful that although we are told to have courage and not fear it doesn’t really mean that we are to single-handedly conquer that which makes us afraid? Rather we can rest in the assurance and absolute certainty of knowing that God is near and that no matter what, He is there to help us through every difficulty.

Unfortunately anxieties, stress, panic and alarming situations are a part of life and have been for a very long time. That is what I love about the Bible. It connects the past with the present. Isaiah 41: 10-13 was written centuries ago, it was relevant then, it is relevant now.

The people of that time needed a reminder of God’s presence just as we do. Isn’t it wonderful that God tells us not to be afraid because He is with us and He will help us no matter what.  I don’t know about you but when I have God holding me as I cross uncharted waters I have need of little else. Take confidence in the fact that God is speaking directly to you when He says “Don’t be afraid, I am here.”


………………….and so I ride

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Life is so darned unfair, right?

Life just sucks sometimes, we are thrown some things that are hard to endure and life is so unfair, blah, blah, blah
I wonder if we have much room to talk though. 
Prison, flogging, exposed to death again and again, received forty lashes five times, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked, constantly on the move, in danger from bandits and raging rivers, in danger from fellow countrymen, in danger in the country, in the city, from the Gentiles. Labored and toiled, gone without sleep, been thirsty and hungry, cold and naked. 
Well according to the things Paul went through, maybe my life isn’t so bad? 
God desires my faith to be great and sincere, born of a pure heart. One of the ways he does that is through trials and tribulation. Speaking for myself alone, I doubt very much is faith would have much sticking power if it wasn’t a bit of a hardship to arrive there. 
There are definite stepping stones on the road to great faith, suffering at the hands of our own people (1 Thessalonians 2:14), afflictions (1 Thessalonians 3:3-4), persecutions and trials (2 Thessalonians 1:4), just to name a few. 
How foolish does the things we fight about , stress over and give precious time to seem when compared to the things Paul went through for His Lord? 
I am brought back to trust again, God must need me to see the meaning of trust clearly so that I can see Him clearly. 
“With all you heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let Him Lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. Proverbs-6
I admit that to trust is a risk, not just trusting God but anyone for that matter, it is an ongoing thing that takes much work, incredible amounts of it but I believe with my whole heart that to have faith is to be rewarded. 
Corrie Ten Boom said it best…………Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.