6 Ways to Triumph Over Tribulations Through the Power of Prayer

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The Things Which Are Seen

The Things Which Are Seen

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Cor. 4:17-18

Not looking at the things which are seen, but focusing on the things which are not seen, doesn’t mean we ignore what we should handle. It means viewing a condition from an eternal perspective. The more our focus is on the things of God, the smaller our afflictions appear. As we look to God, we trust in His greatness and ability to help us through all seasons.

What we focus on often becomes clearer than what surrounds it. In a movie theater, if we sit too close to the screen, we cannot see the entire picture correctly. We need to step back for a clearer view. Similarly, to keep our focus on the Lord, we sometimes need to step back from our immediate problems to regain clear insight. As we walk by faith, our ability to focus on Christ and our determination to keep that focus increases.

Problems surface, trying to shift our attention away from God’s promises to the problems themselves. As we magnify the Lord, all else diminishes in importance. Let’s keep our eyes on God—His person, His promises, His purposes, and His principles. We exalt the Lord and magnify His holy name. Everything that is not of Him is brought low,  from glory to glory!

Faith in God’s Promises

Faith in God’s Promises

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. – Heb. 11:13

In the Old Testament, people of faith persevered through hardships and challenges by looking forward to the coming Messiah. They believed in God’s promises more than in their circumstances. They were sure of these promises and embraced them, even though they died in faith without receiving the fulfillment of these promises on earth.

How much more should we, surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses, run the race that God has set before us? Instead of looking forward to the coming of the Messiah, we look back at its reality. Jesus Christ came and fulfilled all the prophecies of His first coming. We now look forward with excitement to the fulfillment of the prophecies of His second coming. Hallelujah!

This cloud of witnesses surrounds us not as spectators, but as encouragers, cheering us on to keep the faith, stand strong, and never give up. This figurative representation empowers us on our journey. It uplifts us and enables us to become witnesses to others. Our faith in God’s promises helps others believe,  from glory to glory!

Do We Expect Divine Opportunities?

Do We Expect Divine Opportunities?

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. –  Gal. 6:9-10

An opportunity is a favorable juncture of circumstances that brings advancement or progress. As children of God, we have favor released on our circumstances without often realizing it. Without warning, amid our everyday schedules, we might receive a phone call, have a chance encounter, or face an impromptu request. Our response to these moments can bring about much more than we initially see.

Sometimes, opportunities appear minimal, insignificant, or of little value. But with God’s favor, nothing is insignificant. Other times, they seem too big or impossible. Opportunities come suddenly, leaving no time for our human thinking to hinder the outcome. We take a step of faith into what may not have an immediate impact. When led by the Spirit of God, it often conflicts with what we see, hear, or feel in the natural.

The Lord places someone in our path or brings something seemingly ordinary to lead us to the extraordinary. When opportunity knocks, let’s follow the leading of the Lord in responding to it. God opens doors no one can close and closes doors no one can open. We can trust Him and expect divine opportunities,  from glory to glory!

Where Did It Fall?

Where Did It Fall?

“So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.” – 2 Kings 6:6-7.

When our strength is failing, our passion dissipating, or our fire extinguishing, we are hindered from fulfilling our purpose. Something has precipitated the change, and we need to identify the source to regain our ground. Even when we do not discern the cause, recognizing that there was a change allows us to move forward.

Was it an offense, a hardship, or a loss? Did it happen suddenly or subtly? Sudden changes are easier to detect, while gradual shifts can be unclear. It takes humility to face what may have happened. When we do, the Spirit of God helps us through the process, even dealing with what we do not know or remember. We pray daily for wisdom, guidance, and peace.

The power of God can bring what appears to be lost back to the surface. When we think it is no longer there, it is! We just cannot reach it without God’s help. He graciously rekindles our fire. God has a way of picking us back up and restoring us to a greater place than where we were before, from glory to glory!

Jump!

Jump!

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. – Col. 3:2

Jumping out of an airplane is a helpful illustration of stepping out of the natural realm to walk in the supernatural. This step of faith comes from total trust in God’s ways of enabling us to do what He calls us to do. In our day-to-day lives, we learn to depend on the Lord, but like an eagle, we often have to be pushed out of our nest to learn to fly.

The plane represents our places of dependency, the things we know so well—our comfort zone. It is anything that God leads us to move out of to experience Him in a greater way. After we take that initial step and jump out the first time, it becomes increasingly easier. We begin to look forward to doing it again and again as we experience God’s supernatural ways. To be out of the plane is to walk in the Spirit.

When we jump, we can trust that God will catch us. His ways of doing so are the parachutes He opens: His love, His faith, His touch, His joy, His peace… Him! Gently, God pushes us out of our planes so we can learn to fly and experience Him, from glory to glory!

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