We all go through Trials and Temptations but sometimes Trials knock at our heart and surround us. Temptations set in, hoping we’ll feel the pressure. Tough times come right after a moment of joy or small victory. We toss and turn at night, wondering how these things work their way into our thoughts, into our dreams. It starts to feel like we’re in a batting cage struggling to hit the balls being fired at us. It gets exhausting.
This is life in the world. It requires a continuous and active choice to choose God…to keep the faith, to say,“I’m sorry”, to move ahead in hope rather than despair. This is the battle of living by faith.
But we have nothing to fear when we have Jesus Christ with us. All we need to do is to welcome Him so as to enable Him to shower His unconditional love upon us.
The temptation is the same now for us as it was for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Bible teaches that Satan tempts us, in the same way, today as he tempted Jesus through“the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”(1 John 2:16).
KEEPING FAITH IN HARD TIMES
Really living by faith is about the free-will choice to trust God and choose His way over our own. And it’s about keeping that faith, not just in times of peace, but in times when life feels gritty and in times when we want to give up or choose another path. I’d love to say I get this right all the time, but I don’t. I want to.
STAY STRONG IN THE WORD
Even and maybe even especially, when we most desire to live God’s way, battles attempt to set up camp in our heart. But remember:“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”1 Corinthians 10:13
And this one…
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”James 1:2-3
We wonder what“out” could come our way half-heartedly. We want to believe it, but we don’t know if we can. And right there…right at that moment…that’s where a spiritual battle begins. In that exact moment, keeping faith means everything. Can I believe God? Or should I believe what I see based on the day-to-day world? There’s that moment to choose. And often we must go against everything that feels natural within us to choose well.
I’m asking you to join the winning side. I’m asking you to surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ and say,“Lord, I want You to forgive my sins, and I want You to give me the power to face Satan and all the temptations and trials in my life. I want Christ. I want to know Him as my own Lord and my own Master. I want Him to have all of me.
”The following are seven Bible verses for keeping the faith when feeling weak.
The LORD is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But He said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when Iam weak, then I am strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
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’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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