There is always a choice, to believe or not to believe. It’s easy for a while but not so much when you reach the end of the rope. What then? How do I go on? To be honest, you can choose to not go on, to fall into unbelief. Or despite the odds, hold on to Jesus.
If we were dependent on our human strength to press on, we would fail terribly at the first signs of trouble. I strongly believe that it is the Holy Spirit within us that helps us in pressing on and holding on to God when things are going way worse that one can imagine.
“Christ in me, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
Nobody likes pain. But pain is a part of life and pain always has a purpose (I’ll write about pain having a purpose in my latter post). In such times I draw strength from the scripture where Jesus says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”– John 16:33. In such times the Holy Spirit compels me to keep my eyes on Jesus. It can be very difficult and if you’re going through deep waters, I can feel your pain and fear.
But here’s what I’ve learnt and am still learning:
- Hold on to Jesus! No matter the circumstances, no matter the lies the enemy whispers in your ear. Don’t, for a second, believe that you have been forsaken because God’s word says “I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you. “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
- His Word is dependable. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” – Matthew 24:35
- Counter ever lie with God’s truth. That’s what Jesus did when Satan tried to tempt Him. Matthew 4:1-10
- Confess the Word. Find a scripture and keep speaking it over yourself. There is power in confession. Don’t speak out your troubles rather speak the Word over your troubles. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” – Proverbs 18:21
The enemy will always try to uproot your faith and trust but praise God for His Holy Spirit and angelic army that fight for us. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
Sing praise songs when you don’t want to sing at all. Tell Jesus how much you love Him and thank Him for His cross and the gift of salvation. Count your blessings. Thank Him for your health and that you’re alive today. So many people didn’t get to see a new day. Thank Him for His protection around you and your loved ones. There are just so many things to be grateful for.
“3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5
Most nights I go to the terrace and just stare at the vast expanse of the night sky. “The God who made the Heaven and Earth…….” I whisper to myself (Genesis 1:1). I know I will never be able to gauge His vast thoughts with my finite mind. But I’m comforted by the fact that the God who holds the whole world in His hand can surely hold me.
So many times the enemy will try to convince you otherwise. We allow ourselves to be influenced when we focus on our troubles and not on God who is above and beyond everything. Don’t give the enemy room. Ask the Holy Spirit for help and keep trusting God’s word.
This is what I do even when all seems dark.
Feel free to speak your heart. Here’s a little more encouragement.