‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me’– Phil 4:13. Apostle Paul realized that with God all things are possible. It is the God inside of you that brings in the winning spirit to your understanding. He also gives you the ability to overcome your fears.
Fear is one of the greatest weapons which Satan uses to frustrate lukewarm believers. Fear produces:
– I can not
– How is it possible?
– It has not happened before
– It has not been done before etc.
When fear steps into your life, it will force you to acknowledge and accept failure. When you think failure, talk failure, act and believe failure, it will come your way. It is said that 99% of what we fear and worry over never come to past.
Mr. Ben wanted to prove to his friend that most of the disasters in our lives are usually caused by fear. One night he tied a red cloth over a dead chicken and placed it in the front of his friends shop. In the morning his friend saw it and raised an alarm that it was the handiwork of his enemies who wanted his downfall. He began to run helter skelter to seek for spiritual assistance. The most intriguing part of the drama was that, instantly business began to go down to confirm his fears. One day Ben opened up to his friend and told him what actually happened. His friend was surprised and began to wonder how the Spiritualists got their revelations. One of the Spiritualists had earlier told him that the incidence was the plan of his enemies to undo him. Immediately, Ben’s friend overcame the fear that over clouded him, and instantly, his business began to boom again.
“Fear is as deadly as death itself. It could break the bones of the cripple and pluck out the eyes of the blind”.
All the same, we must also agree with the reality that being a Christian does not mean that you can never be faced with obstacles of life again. The fact that you are a believer does not mean that you can never be faced with sickness or have set back and business failure anymore. God’s love does not keep us away from trials and crises but it sees us through them.
You might be passing through some terrible experiences and you are a Christian. You are so fed up with every thing in your life that you sometimes find it difficult to differentiate between you and the unbeliever. Your belief may have deteriorated to the level where you doubt the existence of God. Or, you may think that you are faced with much trials and temptations than every other person. At this too, you must understand that temptations and trials are part of life. It is not yet over with you; when you are looking at your limitations, it’s important that you acknowledge the existence of God’s power within you. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” – 1 Cor. 10:13.
It is important that we see the reality of temptations and trials in our lives and stop denying their existence. Temptations and trials are part of the human life. If we think we are beyond their reach, we are not telling ourselves the truth. Everyone experiences trials and temptations. The temptation that comes to your life is no different from what others experience. Temptations and trials are inevitable in everyone’s life, because temptations and trials are the soil on which faith flourishes in the life of any believer. “Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil …” Matt. 4:1; “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold angels came and ministered unto him” Matt. 4:11.
If you are patient to respond to your trials and temptations as Christ responded, it will bring promotion to you. And every promotion as we know is accompanied with a reward. Hence, no trials and temptations; no promotion and reward. What a miserable life that could be. Our Lord Jesus Christ was also tempted. His temptation brought about a closer relationship between him and God the father. His victory over Satan launched him into his earthly ministry and today he is the Saviour of the whole universe. If Christ did not face His temptations, surely, He wouldn’t have accomplished his mission.
You are created for a purpose. You have a mission to accomplish but remember that nothing good comes easy. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, there with to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound; everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” – Phil. 4:11-12. Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians while in the Roman prison waiting to hear whether he was to be executed or not. He accepted the reality of life’s ups and downs only trusting God for a breakthrough.
We must accept and face the reality of life as it comes and still trust God even though it is painful. Even as we sincerely commit our lives to God, we must accept that life always has its ups and downs, and God uses both situations to achieve His good purpose. The process of our salvation continues to unfold both in good and bad times.