I’m ecstatic to kick off my first blog series of 2018, “Trusting God during difficult times.” There will be six parts to this series studying John chapter 11. Part one of this series is “surrendering your situation,” to God.
I think this is a much-needed series for believers. I’m a member of many Christian groups on Facebook and I often post words of encouragement in those online communities. Do you know what breaks my heart the most when I read through the comments or prayer request people post? There are many believers struggling to hold on as they go through the challenges of life. God never promised us this walk would be easy. But He promised we would overcome them as Jesus did. I’m praying God will use this series to minister to the heart of anyone facing difficulties as we start a New Year. Maybe some of your troubles did not stay in 2017 as you hoped and reality is beginning to set in.
Friend, before we go any further can I pray with you? Okay, great!:
“Heavenly Father, I lift up your son/daughter reading this post. Lord comfort his/her heart and let them know they are not alone. Help him/her to know you will never leave them nor forsake them in their times of troubles. You have already gone ahead of them in 2018 to make every crooked place straight. Give them strength and grant them the grace to get through this difficult time. Your Word says, “ Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord will deliver them all,” Psalm 34:19. God, you will deliver them from this situation. May him/her remain steadfast in faith and keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author, and Finisher of his faith.” I pray by the authority there is in the name of Jesus this post will enlighten and encourage them to keep going as they wait on you. Give them the peace you have promised us in John 16:33 in Jesus name. AMEN!”
Give your trials to God
First things first, I want you to be at peace as you read this post. Stop thinking about your problems, worrying only adds to your situation. Has worrying ever fixed anything for you in the past? Relax, you might be saying “Nicki, how can I relax when it feels like my whole world is crumbling around me. I’m struggling financially, my kids are acting out or my marriage is on the brink of divorce.” Darling, all the reason why I want you to give it to God. Ask yourself this, can I fix my problem on my own? I’m sure the answer is no. You need Him and that is the reason why I want you to surrender it to Him. He desires for you to find rest in Him as you go through the challenges of life. You have no idea how much your Heavenly Papa longs for you to cast all of your cares on to Him. Why? Because He cares for you and loves you 1 Peter 5:7. Your problem is not meant to take you out but it’s for the glory of God.
This is NOT unto death
Friend, do you remember the death of Lazarus? Where was Jesus when He heard the news His ‘friend’ Lazarus was sick? Jesus was not in Judea at the time. When Mary and Martha sent word their brother was sick. The Bible says “So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed
two more days in the place where He was,” John 11:6. Now correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not the perfect friend, but if I heard one of my friends was sick and I was away. I would come running to be by their side. And as I read this chapter the Lord began to bring clarity to me. It’s not because Jesus did not care about Lazarus, the Bible said, “He loved Lazarus and his sisters.” I want you to understand, as you go through life the problems you will encounter is not because God does not love you. He does! Jesus could not allow the news He received to distract Him from the work the Father was doing through Him. Instead, He saw it as an opportunity for the glory and honor of God and for His name (Jesus) to be glorified by it.
“This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it,” John 11:4.
Are you looking for the glory of God in your situation?
I want you to take a step back from worrying if you have not already and look for the glory of God in your situation. I mean, after all, isn’t this the reason why we were created? For His glory and purpose! How does one look for the glory of God in their situation? Let’s use one of my past seasons as an example, When I was laid off in 2015, for the entire year I did not work and could not find a job for the life of me. But God provided for me, I used the time to go back to get my Masters. I couldn’t see the glory of God in my situation, then, but as I look back God used it to prepare me for my current season. I was able to get so much done even though I did not have a job. But the enemy had me so focused on my unemployment situation, I couldn’t see the work God was doing in my life.
Reject the facts
The point I’m trying to make, we often miss out on what God is doing in our current season because we’re so focused on the facts. Had Jesus focused on the
fact Lazarus was dead, He would have gotten caught up in His emotions. God would not have been able to perform this miracle through Him. Emotions can distract you from seeing what God is doing. I’m going to expose satan’s main trick he uses to distract God’ children. The enemy likes to work with facts, the doctor’s report will present facts from the MRI or X-ray. It shows high blood pressure, cancer or the divorce papers has been drawn up. The facts mean nothing to God and as a believer it should mean nothing to you. We operate in the spiritual and though we see the facts, friend, you don’t have to accept it. You can reject it. When you accept facts, it delays the glory of God from manifesting in your life. Your lack of trust in God can prevent God from performing wonders in your life. Do you know you were created for signs and wonders as well? Isaiah 8:18
It is well with you
Before we go any further, I want you to know it is well with you! I don’t care what your situation may look like right now. I’m declaring it is well in your life right now in the name of Jesus. Jesus did not care Lazarus was sick or dead, He knew God’s name would be glorified no matter the circumstances. Just like I know God’s name will be glorified in your situation. He knew Lazarus was going to rise again. He was so confident and we should be just as confident as believers as we go through difficult times. As I was studying this chapter the Lord revealed to me as Christians there is a misconception about the trials we face in life as believers. I was guilty of it and thank God for correction. This misconception comes from the father of lies and his name is satan. Many believers think we go through hard times for the sake of suffering for Christ sake or because God is punishing them for some past sin. Jesus had NO sin my dear yet He suffered for you. He suffered so you wouldn’t have to go through what He went through. These trials are not meant to break you or take you six feet under my friend and it’s not unto death. It’s so God’s name will be glorified and so your faith may strengthen in your redeemer. The one who created you for His glory. Lazarus was dead and buried already yet Jesus called him out of his grave. Friend, you are coming out of your grave!
By part two of this series, which will be posted on Thursday, January 11, I want you to surrender your current situation to God. Friend, I would like to give you a little homework, will you do it? Not for me, but for you. I pray you do, I’m believing God with you for a change in your current situation. If you don’t know how to, I’ll be adding a prayer for surrendering our problems to God in my prayer library. To gain access you will need to subscribe here. These are PDF files you can download and print one copy for your personal use. So you can pray them over your life every day. I’m currently building my prayer library and by the end of the year, I hope to have hundreds of different prayer for different situations of life.
See you on Thursday for Part 2 of 6 of this blog series :-). I’m looking forward to meeting up with you again.
Share this with someone, you never know who is going through it today and could use a little uplifting!