WHEN CHALLENGES RISE UP

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:18 KJV “And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.”

Challenges are a normal part of human experiences. Challenges may make you bitter or better, depending on how you handle them. Challenges bring out the difference between lives that are built on the rock, that is on Jesus and those that are built on the sand or any other foundation. (Matthew 7 :23-27). Challenges can be Satan’s program to break the faith of the children of God, but God, our Father may allow them to make all things work together for our good, according to Romans 8:28.

In the case of Jesus’ disciples, the storms began to rage against them as they were travelling on the sea.

The real problem in facing challenges to a number of believers is that many believers have the wrong understanding, concerning why challenges come, and so, they put up a wrong attitude when these challenges come.

James, the Apostle says you must count it all joy when you face divers’ kinds of temptations. He ended up with his point by saying, that after you have gone through, you will become perfect and entire wanting nothing. According to the bible, they come to make you better, so do not allow them to depress you.

Our master Jesus encountered challenges throughout His thirty-three years on earth. King Herod started chasing Him as a baby. The Pharisees and the religious leaders were at His heels throughout His ministry days, till they finally crucified Him. The devil opposed Him openly, and behind the scenes. In all these the Lord was never moved or perturbed. How did He do it. The Lord maintained an attitude of dominion. He knew He had come into this world to win over the devil and to show men how to live in a world where Satan is illegally ruling it.

We have to learn from the master how to maintain the Spirit of dominion in all situations. The resurrected life of the child of God is the Spirit of dominion. Acknowledge always that the greater one lives in you. In John 3:31, the Lord said He that is from above is above all. This was one of His grounds for exercising dominion over every earthly situation that came His way. We were born from above and so we are likewise from above and therefore above all. Please meditate on this till it takes a hold of your mind. Any condition that induces fear makes one subjective to that condition. The devil will have the upper hand if you begin to fear. No matter what happens, refuse to be afraid.

THOUGHT: LEARN FROM JESUS TO BE VICTORIOUS OVER CHALLENGES

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 12:2 KJV” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

James 1:3,4 KJV Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

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