How A Christian Can Overcome Difficult Times

Christ calms the storm

A Christian is not to wait for difficulties that could have been avoided through prayer.

There has been some misconception that a Christian life must be full of trials and difficulties, but God has given everyone the power to live a victorious life. The choice to use the power or not is in the hands of the believer. 

Though God has given every Christian, the power to live a victorious life doesn't mean difficulties may never come. Those who hold the belief that the Christian life is totally free from difficulties are those who may not stand when it comes because it will take them unaware and unprepared. The problem is not with the storm itself, but how it is dealt with.

The storm in a Christian life is illustrated in Matthew 8:23-26. The disciples of Christ were with him in the ship when a storm arose, but Christ was fast asleep.

The storm arising even while the disciples were with Jesus confirms the fact that a believer can experience difficult times even while being a follower of Christ.

Christ said we will have tribulations so long we are in the world. But he didn't stop there but said also that we should be of good cheer because he has overcome the world (John 16:33).

Even while in difficult times there is assurance of overcoming for those who stay strong in faith (1 John 4:4).

Christ's journey with his disciples on the ship shows four attributes a Christian need to have or do to overcome difficult times.

The first is faith. This is seen in Matthew 8:26 when the disciples became fearful when the storm arose. Jesus arising from sleep wasn't happy with their lack of faith in rebuking the wind and for being fearful.

Faith demands that the disciples rely and depend on the promises of Christ that they can't be hurt so long they are with him.

This applies to every Christian that in times of troubles you should always remember that what God has promised he is also able to perform (Romans 4:21).

Another attributes that the believer needs in a time of storms and trials is prayer. This is seen in Matthew 8:25 when the disciples called on Jesus to come to their rescue.  Lord save us, we perish, they said (Matthew 8:25).

In the time of difficulties and trials, God expects every Christian to call on him. A child seeing a snake should cry out to get the mother's attention. Call on me and I will answer, God has said (Jeremiah 33:3).

The third virtue a Christian need to overcome difficulties is fearlessness. Jesus in Matthew 8:26 asked the disciples why they were fearful because of the storm, which ought not to be.

Every believer is to feed his faith and not his fears, and Lord has not given us the spirit of fear but the spirit of sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

The fourth virtue every Christian need in difficult times is watchfulness. Watchfulness is the act of being alert of any danger. This involves constant prayer, care in the things he does and relationship he keeps.

The disciples were watching by not sleeping. And because they were, they were awake to alert Jesus of the storm (Matthew 8:25).

Jesus said every Christian should not only pray but watch also so as not to fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41).

May God give us all the grace to live a victorious life and the power to overcome every storm that may arise in our Christian journey. Amen.

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