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What does a Christian life look like in the face of adversity? Have you ever faced an impossible situation? Not knowing what to do or how to handle what’s been put before you? As a common misconception, most people perceive the life of Christianity to be composed of just rainbows and butterflies, with no storms nor darkness.
I’m here to tell you, the christian life will be so very hard at times and will require leaning in to God for His peace, grace and mercy like never before.
A CHRISTIAN LIFE
In reality, Christians are just like waterproof watches, who can experience drowning and being submerged but are able to overcome it. When we go through heartbreaking times we have God to walk with us and help us through.
Being a Christian means totally losing yourself so you can surrender to God wholeheartedly with a mindset that you are not your own. It is acknowledging your role in this world as both the children and servant of God. Even on the horrible, not so good days.
The Christian life is supposed to be a life lived by faith. It is by faith that we enter into the Christian life, and it is by faith that we live it out. When we begin the Christian life by coming to Christ for forgiveness of sin, we understand that what we seek cannot be obtained by any other means than by faith. We cannot work our way to heaven, because nothing we could ever do would be sufficient. Those who believe they can attain eternal life by keeping rules and regulations—a list of do’s and don’ts—deny what the Bible clearly teaches. “But that no one is justified by the Law in the sight of God is clear, for, ‘The just shall live by faith’” (Galatians 3:11). The Pharisees of Jesus’ day rejected Christ because He told them this very truth, that all their righteous deeds were worthless and that only faith in their Messiah would save them.GotQuestions
Suffering In The Christian Life
As Christians, we are different from this world because once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are also accepting holiness. Holy in greek is hagios which means “to be set apart” or “to be different.”
So do not be surprised when you face adversity or struggles in your Christian life.
What Does the Bible Say about Struggles In A Christian Life
In hard times, it is being deeply rooted in Christ. Daily choosing to read the Bible, study it, and worshipping God. Even when you have to force yourself because the pain is telling you to give up.
In hard times, it’s reciting over and over bible verses of hope and God’s love and purpose for this battle. It’s knowing who God is and who you are because of Christ.
In hard times, it’s keeping our close circle of friends people who are also deeply rooted in Christ. So they know how and what to pray. They speak words we need to hear even tho we may not want to hear them. They make the phone calls, checking on us, when we’d rather slip out the back door.
It’s internationally being that friend that prays a hurting friend thru the mess.
In hard times, we must choose to have a better understanding of God; using the pain for good. Yes, it is completely is horrifying. I do not ever want to walk this road again. Yet it was necessary. Walking deeply rooted in Christ is a must! No way around it.
Understanding and reminding ourselves that there is a purpose for disaster. And if it’s for nothing more but to keep me clinging to God and out of Hell then this temporary pain was completely worth it.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
In order to know the necessary values that a Christian should have, you should be aware of the fruit of the spirit and the fruit of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-25).
For being with God is being with the spirit and being the spirit is crucifying the flesh with its passion and desires. The flesh desires what is contrary to the spirit, and the spirit what is contrary to the flesh (verse 16).
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God’s Grace For The Christian Life
Through experience, Paul reminded us that God knows our human nature, and one of our human nature is being imperfect.
We will make mistakes, we will be tempted from time to time and there will be moments when we would not be as inspired as we used to be.
It will be challenging considering our own fluctuations and rigid decisions, but remember that we are not to run from the difficulties of Chrisitan life.
They are not random mistakes but hand-tailored blessings from God that will help us be more dependent and surrendered to Him.
We should view these occurrences as an opportunity for us to be prayerful and for us to receive growth.
Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Hope for the Christian Life
It might not be as clear for everyone when it comes to the “hows” of overcoming obstacles in a Christian life.
To help and guide you in this journey, here are a few steps that you can follow to become fully surrendered to God and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
The 3 steps to a Christian Life that is Overcoming Obstacles.
According to Wikipedia, the phrase stop, look and listen came from a railroad crossing safety phrase and has been used in different tv shows and songs.
Stop – Look – Listen for the Christian Life
Stop. Stop in the moment of pain, overwhelm, trauma, heartbreak or sin. Pause and take a moment to take a deep breath and recognize what is happening in this very moment. Pause and evaluate the situation. What is triggering you?
Look. Look to God for guidance and help. Pray for the healing and forgiveness you may need in this very moment. Pray and ask God for the strength and peace you need to get through this.
Prayer is our way of communicating to God and this is what we can use to seek His guidance, hope, forgiveness, and love. When we pray, we are accepting the fact that we are not able to overcome our struggles and challenges in life without God’s help.
Listen. What is God telling you? Listen for the next step you need to take that will honor God. What’s the next best thing you should do in this moment? What do you need to get rid of? What boundary needs to be set or adjusted?
Reading the bible is one of the many ways God speaks to us. Through this, we get to see the life Jesus lived that serves as the basis of Christianity. For we are meant to be like Jesus. Always ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”
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How can you use these 3 steps for a Christian life right now in your situation? Let me know in the comments below.
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