Today in church the message was on what to do when you are faced with trouble.
And you know, trouble is always around – lurking, waiting to show it’s nasty little head when we least expect it. It’s how we manage it that will enable us to keep trouble at a distance.
When trouble comes….
Live by faith…
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. -Psalm 46:1
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “move from here to there,” and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” – Matthew 17:20
Live by joy…
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice! “Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4-6
Faith will always be tested, but from that endurance will become stronger so you are prepared for anything.
Never let up the pressure to push trouble away – don’t ever give up.
Live by gratitude…
In everything give thanks.
Even in the midst of trouble, because not everything flows from God.
You have to work at this every day.
Remember: if you are not thankful for what you have today, you will not be happy with what you will attain later.
Thanks to Pastor Duane at ResLife for a perfect reminder of how I need to live everyday.
So the next time trouble comes… instead of dwelling on what you don’t have, be grateful for the wonderful things you do have. Life is too short and we have much to do in our preparation to live eternally in Heaven. Are you ready?
Until next time,