Handling Difficult Circumstances
8-10-20, Dr Charles Stanley -- The apostle Paul understood how to handle tough circumstances. Even while he was confined in a prison cell, he kept his eyes on Christ and firmly trusted in the Savior. Therefore, despite being in chains, he was able to celebrate the Lord’s work in his life. In fact, the epistle he wrote from jail to the Philippians was filled with rejoicing (Philippians 1:18, 2:18, 3:1).
While undergoing terrible trials focusing on Christ is neither a natural reaction nor an easy one. Our instinct is to dwell on the situation at hand, searching for solutions or stewing over the pain and difficulty. As a result, troubles look scary and overwhelm us with a sense of defeat. However, fear and defeat cannot live long in a heart that trusts the Lord. -->
<-- I’m not saying you’ll forget what you’re going through, but you can choose to dwell on His provision and care instead. The Lord Jesus is the Deliverer (2 Cor. 1:10). He is the Healer (Deut. 32:39). He is the Guide (Prov. 3:6). The believer who lays claim to divine promises discovers that God pushes back negative emotions. In their place, hope, confidence, and contentment take up residence (Phil. 4:11). You aren’t going to be happy about a difficult situation, but you can be satisfied that God is in control and up to something good in the midst of trouble.
The Lord’s principles and promises don’t change, no matter how severe or painful our situation may be. If you focus on Christ instead of the circumstances — God will comfort your heart giving you peace as you go through the trial. Then you can answer Paul’s call to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4; Hebrews 9:22)
Jesus is my source of hope. He is the reason why I have the strength to fight all of the battles that life throws at me. I believe in His power because He is always there to guide me towards the right path. He is the reason why I have faith that things will be alright even if we experience tragedies. We need to be patient and learn to trust in Him because He will always save us from the things that weaken us.
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