Tragic and heartbreaking situations can happen in life at any moment and test the courage of even the strongest individuals. These troubling events can take the form of an unexpected death, serious illness or accident, job loss, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, home destruction or ID theft. They can seem overwhelming and hopeless. But regardless of the circumstances, there is always hope, encouragement and inspiration found in the messages and verses of the best selling book of all time-The Holy Bible SCRIPTURE.
This past year was very difficult for many people. They made bad mistakes, endured personal trials, or experienced extraordinary loss. Oftentimes things don’t always turn out as expected. When that happens, we often wonder about the victory God promised in the Christian life. “Is there any purpose in going on? Things seem so meaningless and empty. Are You still with me, Lord?” These are some of the questions that come to mind.
I want to assure you that there is hope and success for everyone through Christ. When you trust Him as your Savior, Jesus promises that He will never leave nor abandon you. His grace for you is renewed every day. As the prophet Jeremiah was enduring his most painful trial, he wrote, “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: the unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day.” (Lamentations 3: 21-23).
Remember that God provides His mercy and the opportunity to witness His victory in all your circumstances. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will never again experience bad times. In fact, you may be faced with situations that require a lot of stamina, courage and effort. However, the Lord is with you each and every step of the way. His grace can sustain you regardless of what happens.
Here are five points that reveal how God’s grace can sustain you through tough times:
First, He reminds you what Jesus accomplished on the cross. As you place your trust in Christ, you no longer need to carry the shame and guilt of sin because He has completely pardoned you. 1 John 1:9 reads: “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” You become reconciled to Him, and He hands you the freedom to forgive yourself.
Secondly, the Lord releases His supernatural power to keep you going despite your pain, suffering, and loss. Ephesians 1:19-20 reads: “I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” This same power that was present at the resurrection enables you to triumph in your trials and tribulations. As you seek God through reading daily Bible verses and prayer, the Holy Spirit teaches you what to do and guides you with His wisdom.
Third, God stirs up the desire within you to persevere. Even in the toughest times, the Father has promised to turn your hardship into something positive. Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” During bad times, He teaches you His ways, draws you closer into a relationship with Him, and develops your full potential. This is why you never need to concede your joy and peace when facing troubles because God is developing qualities that will be favored once the difficulties pass. Romans 5:3-5 reads: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure.”
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