Difficult times are a common experience for everyone, even those who follow God. However, as Christians, we have access to a source of strength that is not found in the world: God’s promises.
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In this blog post, we will explore how we can find strength in God’s promises during difficult times.
Understanding God’s Promises
Before we can find strength in God’s promises, we need to understand what they are. God’s promises are statements in the Bible that declare what God will do or what he has already done. For example, in Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV), God promises, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” This promise assures us that God will be with us during difficult times and give us the strength we need to overcome.
God’s promises are not empty words. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV), “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” This means that every promise God has made is true and reliable, and we can trust in them.
Seeking God’s Promises
Once we understand what God’s promises are, we need to seek them out. The Bible is full of promises that can give us strength during difficult times. One way to find them is to use a concordance or search engine to look up verses related to the specific area of difficulty we are facing. For example, if we are struggling with fear, we can search for verses related to fear, such as Isaiah 41:10 mentioned earlier.
Another way to seek God’s promises is to memorize them. This allows us to recall them when we need them the most. Psalm 119:11 (NKJV) says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” By hiding God’s word in our hearts, we can find strength and guidance when we need it most.
Claiming God’s Promises
Once we have found God’s promises, we need to claim them. Claiming God’s promises means believing that they are true and applying them to our lives. For example, if we are facing a difficult situation, we can claim the promise in Romans 8:28 (NKJV), which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” By claiming this promise, we can trust that God is working all things together for our good, even if we don’t understand how.
Claiming God’s promises also means speaking them out loud. Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” By speaking God’s promises out loud, we are declaring our faith in him and inviting his power into our situation.
Trusting in God’s Promises
Finally, to find strength in God’s promises during difficult times, we must trust in them. Trusting in God’s promises means believing that he will do what he has promised, even if we don’t see it right away. Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” By trusting in God’s promises, we are exercising our faith in him and demonstrating that we believe he is faithful to his word.
Trusting in God’s promises also means obeying him. James 1:22 (NKJV) says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” When we trust in God’s promises, we are compelled to obey his commands and live in accordance with his will. This obedience demonstrates our faith in him and allows us to experience the fullness of his promises.
In conclusion, difficult times are a part of life, but as Christians, we have access to a source of strength that is not found in the world: God’s promises. By seeking, claiming, and trusting in his promises, we can find the strength we need to overcome any trial. As we navigate through difficult times, let us hold fast to the promises of God, knowing that he is faithful and true to his word.
Let us be reminded of Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV), “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” This promise assures us that when we wait on the Lord and trust in his promises, he will renew our strength and help us overcome any obstacle.
Let us also remember the words of Jesus in John 16:33 (NKJV), “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Through faith in Jesus and trust in his promises, we can have peace in the midst of trials, knowing that he has already overcome the world.
Finally, let us hold fast to the words of Psalm 119:105 (NKJV), “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” As we seek, claim, and trust in God’s promises, let us be guided by his word, knowing that it will lead us through the darkest of times and into his everlasting light.