No one likes the idea of having to go through any difficulties, especially if the difficulties are going to cause financial or health issues. However, if a person is going to truly walk in the Christian faith at all, he or she must be willing to go through the fiery furnace of affliction, as the Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, did in the Book of Daniel. There are two important lessons to learn about going through suffering times: people must be put through the test to see where they need to be strengthened, and God wants people to know that He is always dependable, even in the most adverse circumstances. This article will focus on several ways to maintain faith while going through difficult periods of life.
Ways to Maintain Your Faith in Difficult Times
The first thing to understand is that God Is Testing You: 7 Ways to Keep Your Faith in Troubling Times. These ways are by no means exhaustive but offer examples to those who are struggling with keeping their faith when the flames are turned up in their lives. The first thing to remember is to stay focused on God and not on the circumstances when they arise. An example of this can be found when Jesus told Peter to walk on the water to him. When Peter got out of the boat and began walking, he was doing great until a storm arose on the lake. He took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the storm and that is when he lost faith and fell.
More Ways to Keep the Faith in Turbulent Times
One good thing to do is to take at least the very 10 minutes of the day to meditate and focus on the Lord. Clearing the mind of all else that is going on is crucial to being able to hold on to faith, even when all else looks bleak and impossible. In this meditation, a person will learn to examine himself or herself and realize the responsibility of owning up to any possible thing or attitude that may have contributed to what is going on. This is a hard thing but it is necessary in order to successfully deal with any problem. While a person may not be able to immediately change his or her circumstances, his or her response to what is going on can be changed. That will help to navigate through the turbulent waters of trials.
More Steps in Keeping the Faith
The next thing to do is to meditate on the word of God, being careful to do everything that He said to do inside His word. For example, there are 613 commandments in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It is impossible to keep them all but Christians must strive to be obedient to the word that God reveals to their hearts. Jesus said it this way in Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. The next thing is to hang around prayer warriors and other like-minded people who want to see their friend come out of the trial.
Ensuring to Keep Holding on to the Faith
It is important to renew the mind to reflect the way God intends for man to think rather than reflecting on what the world thinks. In the Book of Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul wrote, “Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The next thing is to show God that He is trusted by beginning to praise Him and worship Him because of believing what He is going to do. This can be tough to do, especially if other facts are staring the individual down in the face. Trusting God in spite of is the most effective way to build and maintain the faith. Once the faith is maintained, begin to take steps to show that God is trusted to handle the outcome of the trial.
Things to Remember about Keeping the Faith
It is important to remember what Jesus said in the greatest trial of His life, hours before He would embrace the cross. In Luke 22:42, His humanity came out and He admitted that He did not want to go through what He had to do and that if it were possible for God to allow the cup of suffering to pass from Him. What He attached at the end of this prayer request is phenomenal and beneficial for all others who go through great trials. He said, “Not My will but You’re will be done.” When such a statement can be uttered at the end of every prayer, the Christian can exude confidence knowing that the Almighty God will do whatever is best in every circumstance for the individual.
Scriptures to Examine for Living by Faith
On the website, weareradiant.com/stpetersburg, the ministry there encourages members and Christians, in general, to study the Scriptures to help them in their difficult times. In Romans 1:17, the Apostle Paul wrote, “The just shall live by faith,” quoted from the Hebrew Bible in Habakkuk 2:4. In other words, Christians should live a lifestyle marked with definite faith. Another Scripture to remember is found in Romans 8:28, ” all things work together for the good to them that love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose.” This means that no matter what trials come, the Lord promises that it will work out for the Christian’s good.
A Final Word on Living by Faith
A final Scripture to look at is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In every circumstance, give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you in Christ Jesus.” If this can be remembered, then the Christian will be assured of getting through the trial while blessing the name of the Lord. Be reminded of the old patriarch Job when he said in Job 1:21, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”