We all encounter difficult seasons and circumstances in our life. It’s a sin because God commands us not to do it. When he has tried me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Whatever the issue you are facing, Joyce wants to share with you what could be the best news you've heard in a long time. Summary: A severe health crisis in a family member drove me deep into the Scriptures, where I found comforting words from God in that time of adversity. 1 Peter 4:7-11: You are unique and God has a plan for you, but your days are limited. Why? When hard times come, it’s easy to blame God for our problems. In fact, a form of this word, parakletos is used for the Holy Spirit. There are no accidents with God, only incidents that are appointed by him for our good and his glory. When your trials are over, you will come forth as gold. Keywords: Joy, hardship, trust, faith, encouragement, endurance. At one point I told her that if she didn’t make the decision to come clean, it wouldn’t be long before I spoke at her funeral. He is present in your situation. Life can be scary, especially during hard times. Faith in God’s Presence—that he is with us in the darkest moments of life. Let the light of the Gospel shine in your heart. Nothing ever “just happens” and nothing is caused by someone or something outside of God’s control. We need to remember that trials are not entirely negative. One day I joined him on Moody Radio for Primetime America, the program he hosted each weekday afternoon. Second, your particular trial doesn’t matter as much as how you respond to it. He whispers in our ear that God has forgotten us, that he doesn’t care, and that he isn’t good. 1 – Trusting God When You’re Alone in the Gap (4.18.10) 2 – Trusting God When the Brook Dries Up (5.9.10) 3 – Trusting God When the Food Runs Out (5.16.10) 4 – Trusting God in the Valley of Death’s Shadow (5.23.10) 5 – … Difficulty—yes. Some people may regard this as a negative, but to me it is a positive. Hope and Encouragement. Incidents—yes. Life can be scary, especially during hard times. They may in fact be a sign that we are in the will of God. Encouragement in Difficult Times | Everyday Answers - Joyce Meyer. The rod is used to protect and drive the enemy away. Then she walked out of my office. Third, he tempts us to give in to despair and discouragement. Maybe you've lost your job, are battling a chronic illness or your marriage is falling apart. When you’re in a battle big or small, remember the cross to get through it all. Genesis 17:1-10: In a difficult situation? She was raised as a Christian and at one time had a strong faith in Jesus Christ. Satan tempts us to fall away during our trials. Call on God, El Shaddai - The Lord God Almighty, the ultimate authority. How does the devil tempt us in hard times? There is a powerful dynamic that works when pastor and people pray for one another, when saints pray for one another. Not only is it full of wisdom and knowledge, but it also has words of encouragement and inspiration. Dear congregation, Have you ever noticed that sometimes trouble comes in batches? As I survey the New Testament teaching regarding trials, two truths stand out. Like Adam in the Garden of … A student focuses on helping others so that he has no time to feel sorry for himself. You can’t have both. I have turned to the Bible many times when looking for support and hope, and I always found what I needed. Live Your Faith Out Loud (part 2), Bring Hope in a Pandemic: Live Your Faith Out Loud (part 1), Impossible situation? In hard times, the words of encouragement can motivate your friends in a positive way. All of us face those questions because we all go through deep trials eventually. Gordon Dickson Encouragement in Hard Times, 1 So many words, so few study hours. You may go through times of suffering but God is with you. And further in the distance, others watch what we go through. It was from Lorna. Here Paul plainly says that we can overcome our trials by faith. Yet storms often come to believers to make them able to stand firm, rather than to blow them away (cf. Disappointment—yes. The situation can look so dark that not even a sliver of light can be seen to light your way. When that happens, everything we believe will be put on the firing line. If you’re having a hard time keeping your head above water, tell someone else. Whatever you're experiencing, Jesus knows, and He’s able to deliver you. A victim feels so sorry for himself that he has no time for others. We believe so much in the sovereignty of God that when hard times come, we know that God is at work for our good and his glory. Find rest in Jehovah-Rohi: There's power in the name! How does a Christian respond when hard times come? This message encourages faith over fear and helps you understand and apply some promises of God to your life. Look Unto Me and Be Ye Saved, All the Ends of the Earth. A few days ago we interviewed Nabeel Qureshi on American Family Radio about his new book No God But One: Allah or Jesus?. A victim would rather complain than find a solution. A student has learned through the problems of life that God alone is the source of all true happiness. If you choose to publish excerpts from a sermon or article, ... Three Ways to Live for Christ in Hard Times 2 Corinthians 5:11-13 » Index for this sermon series. It reminds us again that we grow stronger as we lean on each other. I can think of three obvious answers to that question. Live your faith so that others might see and know the joy, hope, healing, grace, and love of God. Whenever I tell others about my rough road back to Christ from non-Christian relationships, the one question I am always asked is, “What would have helped make my road back a little easier?” My answer is, during my time of spiritual loneliness, if I had had a sister in Christ seek me out and tell me, “I’ve been there, I love you, and I can help you find your way back to Jesus,” perhaps I could have been spared a lot more pain than having to discover the answers on my own. Joyce Meyer - Encouragement in Difficult Times. The issue is really how the sheep (you) choose to respond to the shepherd. Luke 24:1-8: Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can know the love of God. With that important understanding, we pass on to the third great truth regarding hard times. Fretting, or worrying, is a choice. But if you shift your focus to God, then you can find joy even in the worst moments of life. Psalm 23:4: Struggling? If my experience can help someone else, feel free to use this information.” Some people go through life as professional victims, always talking about how they have been mistreated. Stop in your tracks and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness. He worried that under pressure these new Christians would crumble and give up on God. Revelation 3:7-13: Feeling overwhelmed or anxious? May these inspirational bible verses provide that same heavenly comfort to you in your difficult times. This sermon offers thanks and encouragement. Although he had come to minister to them, by standing firm in hard times they were ministering to him. Sign up to join over 20,000 subscribers receiving our weekly sermon email. Allow your other senses to heighten. I was able to share that no matter how things may look, we can know that God is looking out for His children. They don’t know, they aren’t sure, maybe they’ve read the Bible, maybe they haven’t, but they’re watching how we respond to mistreatment, malicious accusations, sickness, the loss of a job, the end of our marriage, a career setback, or a financial collapse. Thanks for your interest! Failure—yes. They were being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. There is much fear and concern not only about the future, there is fear of the here and now. Psalm 23: God, Jehova-Rohi—the Lord is my shepherd, knows where you are, and he will answer you. When he announced his cancer in a Facebook post, he went on to give this testimony: In the past few days my spirits have soared and sank as I pursue the Lord’s will and consider what the future might look like, but never once have I doubted this: that Jesus is Lord, His blood has paid my ransom, and by His wounds I am healed. (He told his conversion story in the bestseller Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.) I will hold on! We have a great God who loves us more than we know. My parting words were the words of Jesus, “Go and sin no more.” She smiled and thanked me and said she needed to go and get some heroin or she wouldn’t make it through the day. “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. Sermon. It also reminds us of His presence. That means there is no such thing as chance or fate or luck. Don’t let discouragement choke you. They offer an example of fighting through emotional and spiritual difficulty and will help you look to God for hope in hard times. The phrase “we were destined” comes from a verb that means “to put or to place.” It’s a very strong way of saying “these hard times were placed here by God.” They didn’t happen by accident. A student understands that God allows hard times in order to help him grow. When you are feeling down or depressed, look up and call out to Jesus. David, Paul, and Jesus each command us not to fret, not to worry. 4. “He knows the way that I take. Find hope in El Shaddai: There's power in the name! Try our selection of worship songs and sing along! “So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. Genesis 14:18-24: God, El Elyon - The Most High God, will fight the battle for you. From this passage I want to share with you five truths about hard times. So rejoice and be glad and take comfort; you have no reason to fear. When you’re an imitator of the Lord, you become a model of how a person of faith should act and live. You can have an easy life, or you can have a deep faith. Many of them are unbelievers who wonder if Christ is real. Anything hindering your witness? We never suffer alone. Her addiction led her to terrible extremes in order to finance her drug habit. “For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. Our hard times are designed to bring us closer to the Lord. I personally have much more confidence in someone who expects trouble and prepares for it than in someone who goes through life singing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” The truth is, every rose has its thorns, and the sooner we understand that the happier we will be. Were I to take away the pain, I might move too soon and block God’s work in your life. That’s a revolutionary thought to some people. Heartache—yes. People would be lovers of themselves, lovers of pleasure instead of God; they would be abusive, unforgiving, and having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. Little by little we lose the joy we once had. A victim looks at everyone else and cries out, “Life isn’t fair.” A student looks at life and says, “What happened to me could have happened to anyone.” A victim believes his hard times have come because God is trying to punish him. She wants to be free but the pain of coming off heroin is so great that she cannot face it. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. God’s Protection from Harm in These Crisis Times. MUTUAL PRAYER FOR DIFFICULT TIMES 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 In this brief letter to the young church at Thessalonica, Paul teaches about the last days or end times. A rod is a sign of power and strength to defend against attacks. In the last few days, I’ve heard about prodigal children, aging parents, worries about the future, divorce, breast cancer, an infant with a serious medical condition, children far from God, Christians dealing with doubt, others with fear, and still others dealing with lingering bitterness. And those who are following ever so close to him. That is why the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter in the KJV in John 14:26: "But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Faith in God’s Word—that it is true no matter what happens to us. Difficult Times Psalm 27:1-6 . He is the final authority. Explanatory note: the following Scriptures are not presented in “sermon” format. 3:12). The tools of the shepherd are the rod and staff. During our interview with him, he sounded very strong and confident in all his answers. Faith in God’s Character—that he is good and makes no mistake. What kind of faith does he have in mind? That is the shared faith of God’s people. Growing Close to God in Difficult Times (Sermon) Uploaded by tsupasat. It’s a story of Grace and God’s sovereignty over evil. James 1:12 ~ Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Sermons: TRUSTING GOD IN DIFFICULT TIMES. Perhaps we’ve lost a job and feel that we’re not qualified to do anything. With that being said, here's our selection of the best words of encouragement and strength we could find to inspire you. Verses 7-8 reveal another way in which our trials are productive: “Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. Even some mature Christians react this way, as evidenced by Paul’s words of reassurance to Timothy many years later. That’s the true Christian position. In Habakkuk 3:19, after rejoicing in difficulties, the prophet says, “God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.” It is the Lord who enables us to rejoice in hard times… Faith in God’s Promise—that he will never leave us or forsake us. It’s dislodged by believing promises. Loss—yes. Has duty, religious obligation, or hard work replaced your love for Jesus? It means, exhortation, comfort, and encouragement. People need to be encouraged today. No one is exempt, no one gets a trouble-free ride to heaven. In 1 Thessalonians 3:1-8 Paul writes to some new believers who suddenly found themselves in great difficulty. The Holy Spirit will guide, comfort and help. 4:15-16). Coronavirus Can Be Healed Spiritually. Our text shows how Paul reassured them. Psalm 23:4: Struggling? When trials come: pray, trust the Lord and walk in faith. When God Almighty steps in, miracles happen. (part 6), - Series: Inspire! A touch from the shepherd’s staff and the presence of his rod is reassuring to the heart. I am so thankful that I am a child of the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sealed in the Spirit. Many of you know from experience the unrelenting pressure from circumstances that keeps you awake at night and saps your strength during the day. This is the sort of faith that Paul has in mind in Romans 5. But God never intended that you should walk through the lonely valley by yourself. Then this message is for you. But you can control how you respond—in faith or unbelief, in humility or arrogance, in forgiveness or in anger, in hope or in despair. Fretting—or worrying—is a sin. Some of these times are emotional, some are spiritual, some are physical and some are financial. You are never alone no matter how you may feel. Located minutes from downtown Pleasanton, in the San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay. Things may appear impossible, but with God you’ll have the victory. You may not see a way out of the situation you find yourself walking in today; but know this, you are not alone. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you” (v. 6). Paul Washer is founder of the HeartCry Missionary Society. No, in the midst of the storm, I do not have to worry about my salvation, and for that I praise you, God. “Don’t be deceived, my beloved brothers” (v. 16). The valley of the For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.” Here is the final truth about hard times you need to know. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless” (v. 5). How can we stand firm in difficult times? Need a little pick-me-up? The shepherd is always looking to protect his sheep. Brethren, it is common and natural to feel Isolated from God when we experience difficult times, however, the Bible assures us that God is present even when He seems far away! All these things lead to the ultimate act of desperation where we give up our faith in God altogether. Many people reading this message are going through hard times right now. This message reminds us to remember the promises of God. Search for: Recent sermon features. The challenge is finding the courage to face difficult times. Remember the Cross and Gain Victory! First, he tempts us to doubt God’s goodness. No! I don’t know what the future holds for Nabeel, but as I pray for his healing, I also pray that his faith might remain strong. This and other sermons brought to you by Faith Chapel, an Assemblies of God church in Pleasanton, CA. But what the enemy meant for evil, but God used for good. Let me return for a moment to Nabeel Qureshi. Sermon Archive Home > Sermon Archive > Our One Anothers > View Sermon “Thriving In Hard Times” March 25, 2020 by Terry Baldwin. 1-3a). What can we do to keep our faith strong? Perhaps we’re sick and feel as if we’ll never get better again. “But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. But accidents? The staff is used to correct, restrain, and pull to safety. Many years ago I learned an important truth from my friend Jim Warren. Moses reminds the Israelites of how … Find Hope In Christ, There Is Power and Purpose In Your Life: Looking for His Return, In a trial? Revelation 2:8-11: Are you spiritually distracted? Facing the Impossible? The words of encouragement can give true hope to someone and can make morale up. If you don’t need this sermon today, put it in your back pocket because you will definitely need it tomorrow! I have firm faith that my soul is saved by the grace and mercy of the Triune God, and not by any accomplishment or merit of my own. 2 Cor. A victim believes his hard times have come because God is trying to punish him. Encouragement in difficult times The Book Of 1 Peter Welcome To The Sermon Series On The Letter Of 1 Peter Peter wrote this letter, 1 Peter, to Christians who were going through difficult times and encourages them to trust God to them through those times. Encouragement in Difficulties Fear not, Christian friend. Mark 15:22-27, 33-37: If you’re facing an impossible situation or you’re just tired of the constant flow of bad news, this message is for you! Or perhaps we’ve just gone through a divorce and we feel rejected and alone. Let us therefore endure our trials with grace and courage, knowing that in the end the clouds will part and the sun will shine again. A student learns from hard times. As I thought about the matter, I concluded that even if I had the power (which I don’t), I wouldn’t take the pain away or make the hard times disappear. In the hard times that we learn to persevere the Christian reaches upward towards God and outward towards the people of God In you were too look at Heb11, the people of faith there were born through adversity, each was tested, tried and found true and walked by faith. But when she is high, she begins to talk about God. First, trials are the common lot of every Christian. We live in difficult times today. Maybe you've lost your job, are battling a chronic illness or your marriage is falling apart.