When Life Is Hard As A Christian, Here’s What You Can Do

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As a follower of Jesus, your journey, through life, in this broken world, will be challenging, demoralizing, and confusing at times. We are to be in the world but not of the world, and getting the balance right can be difficult.

The values of this world are not the same as God’s values, sadly, those of this world, believe that to be successful in life, they have to rely on their own strength, and step on others if necessary; bullying is Commonplace, love has grown cold, and the Bible indeed says that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” As God’s people, like Christ, we are to be the light of the world, that does not mean that we’re going to be loved, accepted, or listened to. People will not readily accept the gospel, we will be mocked, lose friendships, family, and even worse, yet, we are called to endure all things (1Cor 13:7)

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If You Feel Like A Stranger In This World As A Christian, Count It All Joy 

Speaking from personal experience, I often feel like a stranger in my own land, I feel like I just don’t belong, and it used to bother me. But, since my walk with the Lord has increased over the years, I count it all joy, for I know that the “joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) and I know “that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11) and this gives me so much hope and peace when I encounter trials.

One of the things I love about being a Christian is that I no longer have to feel accepted by the world. I don’t care who likes me or who doesn’t like me, and, I know that even if everybody in the world rejected me, God still loves me and He sent his only begotten son to die for me on a cross, I have the greatest love of all – I have Jesus.

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Learn To Relinquish Control And Give It To Jesus

I genuinely believe that the expression “soldiering on” is about Christians, as God’s people, we are to be an army and be prepared for the spiritual battles that lie ahead. Our training can involve enduring the wilderness, we can often feel helpless, not spiritual. But I really believe in those times, God is trying to show us that we cannot rely upon ourselves. The whole point of this exercise is to reveal our weak state, to learn to relinquish control, and to transfer the trust we have in ourselves over to Him.

Remember That God Is Always Faithful

I am so thankful that my God is always faithful, I know that I stand on solid ground with His promises. I hope that anyone who reads my blog will take something away from it and that in some small way, it will be an encouragement to anyone who doesn’t feel like they have what it takes to stand firm, nobody has what it takes, and thankfully it’s not about us, it’s about Christ, He gives us strength.

 

God bless,

Lisa

Can A Believer Be Worldly?

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Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

This is just a snippet of the verse from James 4:4  the full verse is the following: “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

There is a real sense of urgency in the tone of that particular verse from James’ epistle.

To put it simply, the world hates God and doesn’t care to obey Him. We as Christians are to be a people set apart. We are called to love everyone, but we are not to approve of their sinful deeds – by doing so, we are aligning ourselves with the world and showing ourselves to be God’s enemy.

The people and material things of this world can be very enticing, but consider what Mark 8:36 has to say about this issue: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” In the end, nothing is more valuable than your soul – not even your life, why? Because souls are eternal, but our lives on earth are temporary.

I know that sometimes we just want to fit in and not make any big statements about our faith; it can seem like the path of least resistance. However, we are commanded by God to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, wherever God has placed us.

We serve the King of Kings, we are to obey Him with a spirit of excellence, He does not want us to help another master or be lukewarm, we are royalty when we belong to Him. The world is lost, and in darkness, we are the light of the world, and our unsaved family and friends are watching us. Dear believers, our lives are to be a picture of the Gospel.

Speaking from personal experience, the more that I have matured in my walk with the Lord, the less I care to be like the world. If you love Jesus, the desires of this world will go, and that’s when you will really enjoy the fullness of being free in Christ.

 

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