• Gloria Dapaah


"For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

Every believer is considered to be a soldier of Christ. Why? Because as a believer, even though you didn’t choose to be in a battle, the devil considers you to be an enemy. Our Lord Jesus came to die on the cross so that we will be saved from the captivity of the power of darkness. However, in doing this, he also took away the powers of the devil. As the bible says in Colossians 2:15 that, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them.” And he did all this for us. He did this so we will have victory over the devil and his wicked plans. He did this so we will have freedom from the power of darkness. He did this so we will have power in his name and his blood to triumph over the devil. And as such once you call yourself a believer of Christ, the devil sees you as an enemy. He knows something has been taken away from him because of you. Hence, as every believer, you’ve got to be prepared all the time, as the devil roars around like a roaring lion looking for whom to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

The battles will come alright but our Lord God is with us all the time. He never leaves us nor forsakes us, as the bible promises us in Joshua 1:5; Hebrew 13:5 and Deuteronomy 31:8. Even though sometimes, in the middle of the troubles, when it seems like all hope is gone, when your thoughts are telling you this going to be the end of everything, it is so easy for you to feel overwhelmed. That is when you need to fix your eyes on the one who is the author and finisher of our faith, our Lord Jesus Christ. In him, we will never be defeated. And when you put all your faith and trust in him, you will never be a victim but a victor. As the bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:57 that, “But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57)

The good news is, even in the midst of all the troubles and trials, God never leaves us. He is with us through the storm and through the fire. He comes through with us and use those moments of our lives to mould us, guide us and direct us into who he wants us to be. As the bible says in Isaiah 43:2-3; “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Halleluiah

You see, our Lord God cares a lot about his children and will not allow us to suffer if that situation is not going to benefit us in our growth. God hears our prayers, he hears us when we pray for him to save us from trials and temptations. However, some of these “harsh” moments as I will call them are essential for our spiritual, emotional, physical and mental growth. Without that level of strength and maturity that is birthed in us, during these harsh moments of our lives, we wouldn’t be able to handle the blessings God has for us in the next level of our lives. The fact is, to every blessing that comes in our lives, there is form of responsibility that comes with it. And as God been the loving and caring father, he wants us to be fully prepared for every blessing he bestows upon us.

Isaiah 43:2, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. ....."

Besides, our God is a loving father, he wants us to grow, he wants us to mature and he wants us to experience his power in greater ways. Sometimes, these difficult moments help us to get closer to God than we were before, and hence develop a good relationship with him. Mostly, during difficult times, when we don’t understand what is going on in our lives, we tend to pray a lot, because we want answers. As a result, God uses these moments to develop and grow us most importantly our spiritual lives, which is very important for every believer. Because with the way the devil is targeting believers from every angle, we all need a special connection with our God, the Holy Spirit and our Lord Jesus Christ. And it is only by this way, that we will be able to overcome the wiles and the strategies of the devil. God doesn’t want you to be under the captivity of the devil, where he will throw you here and there, disturbing your life with sadness, troubles, sickness and diseases here and there. No, God wants you to live a happy and a fulfilling life.

Additionally, our Lord God has promised us that, he will not let us be tempted more than we can bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13) One thing that we need to remember as believers is that, there is a season for everything in life. Therefore, whatever problem that you may be going through now, it is just a season in your life, it won’t last forever. There is a time that it will have to come to an end. Very soon the seasons of problems and sickness in your life will be over and you will step into a season of joy, a season of breakthroughs, a season of peace, a season of good health, etc. As the bible says in Psalm 30:5 that, “……. His favour last for a lifetime. Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” And trust me, when that moment of joy comes, it erases all the memories of suffering, and you will not remember them anymore. The bible explains this in John 16: 21-22 that “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”

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)

The story of Job fits in perfectly here. Whenever Job is mentioned, all our memories goes to the sufferings he went through. However, when you read the bible very well, you will notice that this trial period was only for a little while, a period of months, probably less than a year. If you carry on reading the book of Job to the very end, it can be noticed that after that season of suffering, God blessed him much more than what he had before the trial. The bible explains how he had all his friends and family back. Also, his wealth was greatly increased. He had the same number of children again; seven sons and three daughters. The bible talks about how these daughters were the prettiest in their land. And more importantly, the bible states in Job 42:16-17 that, “After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so, Job died, an old man and full of years.”

Friends, that’s why we don’t have to worry about moments of trials and tribulations. Because at the right time, the good God will bring us out victoriously and give us beauty for the ashes.

Below are few verses in the bible to help us go through seasons of trials with a joyous attitude.

Isaiah 54:17, “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,"

John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 4:18, “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.”

Psalm 33: 18-19, “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.”

Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 34:18-20, Romans 8:31 and many more.

Friends there are a lot of verses like these in the bible, therefore let’s take time out of our busy schedules to study the word of truth, and if we do, God will bless us abundantly in every area of our lives. AMEN!


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