What About Our Circumstance?
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." Romans 8:37
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13
It is a common misconception that living a Christian life is an automatic pass from the adversities of this world. Adversity is no respecter of persons and it is part of living in a fallen, imperfect world. God's Word warns us to expect tribulation while on earth (John 16:33). The question is how do we respond to it? We have a tendency to look for a way of escape when it hits (Proverbs 24:10). The Lord makes it clear that withdrawing from adversity is not the answer. Instead of despairing, feeling overwhelmed and sinking in hopelessness, we can bounce back and be victorious.
The Lord calls believers to be 'more than conquerors'. A conqueror is one who is grounded in God's Word; victorious over the enemy; presses through oppositions; looks at problems as opportunities; does not quit; is persistent. God's Word tells us that life is a battle (I Corinthians 6:4-5). "...the battle is the Lord's" I Samuel 17:47. We are 'more than conquerors' even while we are in the midst of impossibilities.
The key to live a victorious life is 'through Him'. We have the assurance that whatever situation comes our way, we can overcome through Christ. We live with confidence that God loves us no matter what and He will never leave us nor forsake us (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5, Joshua 1:5). When we have this kind of relationship with Christ, we aren't afraid of bad news or things that may come up unexpectedly. As we learn to rely on His strength, we can live from strength to strength instead of weakness to weakness.
God has promised to enable us and to be our helper. When Jesus died on the cross, sin was crucified. Because of Jesus' resurrection, our life and victory is guaranteed (Hebrews 2:14-16). As children of God, we are more than conquerors through His grace Who loves us through difficulties, trials and distresses. As we emerge victoriously through the battle, we are stronger after than before entering into it. When we believe, trust and give thanks to God for all He provides, we have victory that is overwhelming, incredible and awesome. The life of abundance comes from the awareness that we live by a power greater than ourselves (I John 4:4). By Holy Spirit power, we are not circumstance controlled, fed, led or defeated, but we create new circumstances. Because we are a spirit connected to the Holy Spirit (God), we have within us a sense of power to overcome all limits (Ephesians 1:19, Ephesians 3:16). What a great life moment when we understand that circumstances and emotions no longer control us, instead, we choose every thought and attitude by God's Word (II Corinthians 10:5).
God tells us He will be with us through water and through fire (test and trials). These are intended to strengthen us, develop character, teach us lessons and make us a better person. All situations serve a purpose; God is on our side, guiding, directing, and keeping us safe. We will face obstacles and difficulties (flood and fire) as God continues to strengthen us and preparing us for greater good.
Faith Steps to Overcoming Adversity
1. Read, study, meditate, believe and obey God's Word (Psalm 1:2-3). God's Word causes us to prosper. To prosper is having an inner peace that allows us to respond to life situations with a faith that works by love (Galatians 5:6). The Holy Spirit is our inner peace, drawing more of Him to us. The Holy Spirit is the total provision of our abundance.
2. Prayer is the gateway to God. His highest and best flows into your life when we make prayer a priority (III John 1:2). Keep your petitions before God so you won't faint and give up (Luke 18:1).
3. Call upon the name of Jesus. His name is the all inclusive name of God (Acts 4:12). There is no human need to which God's name does not answer. Jesus Christ's name was given to us to speak His provision and sufficiency into our lives.
4. Develop an attitude of thanksgiving. What we cannot give thanks for, we cannot practice faith in. The moment we stop waiting for perfect circumstances and begin to release thankfulness for the present, God's abundance opens. God's will is to give thanks for all things; this is our true power (I Thessalonians 5:18).
We will all be tested, but never the way we prefer!