GOD IS FAITHFUL EVEN IN HARD TIMES
We know God is faithful. During good times we praise Him for His faithfulness. When things get difficult, we turn to Him and His faithfulness. But when life is hard for a long time it can be difficult to keep trusting in God’s faithfulness. Still, God is faithful, even when you can’t see it. He may not be removing the problem but He is still with us and helping us through it. Here are some ways He remains faithful:.
He provides for our needs (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 145:13-15). We may not have what we want, but we have enough to keep on living. Trusting God during hard times develops a stronger faith in us and helps us grow. Pastors and leaders need to keep growing in faith, so God gives these times to learn to trust Him all the more. Trusting Him instead of worrying shows we recognize God is in sovereign control of everything. Hard times give us opportunities to trust God when it matters the most. Are you trusting Him to provide your needs?
God will give us grace to get through (2 Corinthians 12:9). His grace is sufficient for whatever we are going through. His strength is seen when we are weak. We think we must be strong and in control. As pastors and leaders, we want to be in charge. It is humbling to rely on God and others for help. His grace, His love, His Spirit within us will help us through whatever we face.
God comforts and encourages us (Matthew 5:4). He promises to be with us always (Deuteronomy 31:6). He assures us we can do all things with His help (Philippians 4:13). He never says He will remove our problems and make life easy, but has a purpose for all that happens to us (Jeremiah 29:11). He will use it for good in our lives (Romans 8:28). God’s promises can be trusted (Numbers 23:19). Allow God to comfort and encourage you. Go to His promises to give us strength and courage. Use scripture to encourage and comfort the people around you (Hebrews 10:25).
Even in these hard times trust God’s promises to provide, encourage, comfort and strengthen us. Then pass this truth on to others. Read your Bible. Remember God’s promises. Trust Him even when it seems things are not getting better. God is faithful, and He will be with us.
Here are some of God’s promises for you to read and remember.
ALL OUR NEEDS MET
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake. Psalm 23:1-3
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
I will never leave you or forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. John 5:14:15
BLESSING THROUGH TRIALS
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
No temptation/testing has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted/tested beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted/tested, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Cor. 10:13
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Ps. 118:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
REWARD FOR PATIENCE, FAITHFULNESS
But those who hope (wait upon) the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
STRENGTH FOR WHATEVER COMES
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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