Sunday, March 20, 2016

Surviving Tough Times

An article entitled “Surviving Touch Times” written by Richard F. Ames appeared in the September – October 2015 issue of Tomorrows World, a publication of As I was reviewing this article again I recalled that many people approach my ministry regarding issues they are having through tough time problems such as financial difficulties and relationship issues.

The strategies presented from the Bible identified five survival solutions that we should apply to our lives to overcome the stress that results from the problems of tough times. I was motivated to write a summary of this article in my blog in order to spread these vital words. These are the following strategies:

  1. Claim God’s Promises
The Apostle Simon Peter wrote this: “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:2-4).
Notice that Peter emphasizes that the promises are “very great and precious.” As children, when our parents made promises we looked toward the fulfillment of those promises. But we must get our priorities straight, as Jesus instructs us: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own trouble” (Matthew 6:33-34). The question is this, is that your priority?
Here are some of God’s promises that you should claim:
·         To answer our prayers (Matthew 7:7-8);
·         To fulfill all our needs (Philippians 4:19);
·         To guide our lives (Proverbs 3:5-6);
·         Long life if we honour our father and mother (Ephesians 6:2-3)
·         Forgiveness of our sins upon repentance (Acts 2:38)

   2. Pray Daily
We need to seek the God of the Bible and reap the benefits of a close relationship with or Father in heaven. Jesus’ disciples once asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus gave them the model prayer. This model may be found in Luke 11:2-4.
Notice that ancient King David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) prayed three times a day. “As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and noon I will pray and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice” (Psalms 55:16-17).
Another servant of God Daniel constantly prayed three times a day as it tells us in Daniel 6:10.

   3.Maintain a Positive Attitude
We need to maintain a positive attitude along with our daily prayer. The apostle Paul reminds us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). So how do we overcome anxiety? We exercise a positive attitude in our prayer by thanking God.
The Apostle Paul encourages us to use mental discipline to think positively. “Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
The statistics show that many people around us are struggling to maintain stable mentally. The statistics report show that between 2001 and 2010 the number of men and women on an antidepressant grew by 28% (“America’s State of Mind Report,” Medico Health Solutions, 201).

   4.Read Your Bible Every Day
     God reveals the truth in His holy word, the Bible and so when we read the bible, we can know the thoughts of God. When we read the miracles of God and His many promises we can grow in faith, as the Apostle Paul explains, ‘So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
            As you study the word of God, the Bible, God will give you more faith to face life’s challenges. Bible prophesies also helps us to know the future. The future beyond this present chaotic world to a new Kingdom of God.

     5.Care for Others
When you focus on the needs of others, your personal stress reduces. You are practicing the great spiritual commandment. The second great commandment is “You shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). We can love others in many ways:
·         We can give to the poor
·         We can pray for others who are in trouble with persecution, finances, illness and social conflicts
·         We can communicate our love, concern, and compassion for those who are sick.
God loves us all and He tells us to “Pray for one another that you may be healed (James 5:16). We should also pray for government leaders as Paul exhorts in 1Timothy 2:1-4  

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