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FROM TROUBLE TO TRIUMPH

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1. Don’t let weariness to work:

Hebrews 12:3, “… lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

A spirit of weariness is trying to work its way into the lives of God’s people these days through all the difficult and tough surroundings we are placed in. It is working to get out eyes off the ‘Word of God’ by bombarding us with doubt and unbelief in our minds. It is trying to get us to look down at defeat instead of up at Jesus.

Jesus said in Mark 4; 18,19 says, “… when the cares of this world enter into your heart and mind, they’ll choke the Word and cause it to become unfruitful”. Your faith is the product of the Word. When the choking of the word happens, you are headed for disaster. That is why we need to make every effort not to let weariness in our minds.

What can you do to stop this chain reaction of weariness? Look up! Get your eyes back on Jesus. Take your eyes off your circumstances around you and onto your heavenly Source. Don’t be afraid of anything or anyone. God is your Source and not this world or the people of this world. He can lift you up regardless of what happens around you. The Psalmist says Psalm 3: 3, “But you, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Look at the life of David. He said even when his life was at stake, “Lord, you are the glory and the lifter of my head”.

Isaiah 28: 11,12, For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people …this is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest, And “This is the refreshing”.

2. Stand Strictly by faith:

2 Timothy 2:3, “You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Hard times are inevitable. It is true that we are redeemed from the curse, and there is nothing Satan can do to reverse that, but he is going to challenge you on it. Times will come when you have to stand strictly by faith even when you don’t feel any change or see any change in your surroundings.

Many a time we are backed into a corner, hemmed in by an insurmountable problem. Some of us try to work our way out of financial binds only to end up more bound by debt than ever. Others work frantically on marriages that despite their best efforts deteriorate from year to year. Deep within our hearts, each of us knows there must be an answer to the problem we face.

Mathew 7:7, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you”.

“We can open that door!” Jesus himself has given us the keys. Right now you may be facing a situation that looks utterly hopeless, but God has a key ring full of keys that will unlock any situation. He has the keys that will open doors for you spiritually, physically, financially and emotionally. God’s word is full of keys of kingdom principles – keys to bind the devil’s operations and keys to loose you from his snares. God has a key that will unravel any knot that the devil can tie. He also has a key that will lock up the devil’s operation so tightly that he won’t be able to move.

3. Breakthrough the wall:

Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.

We are the children of the Most High God. Every need will be met. But it may not fall on our lap always. Sometimes we have to fight. Sometimes, we have to fight hard.
The devil is going to try hard to put us in a place of defeat. But never give up! We belong to a different kingdom

Exodus 10:23, “all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” What a thrilling example of how God wants us to live.

Keep painting spiritual warning signs to the devil. Signs that say, “Off limits” Back off devil. Tell the devil:

My health does not belong to you.
My family does not belong to you.
My ministry does not belong to you.
My finances do not belong to you.

Does it sound peculiar! That is exactly what God called you to be. John 17:15, 16 says, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world”.

1 Peter 2:9 says, “God has called us to be peculiar people”.

You are running the race set before you, moving full speed ahead with God’s blessing overtaking you at every step. Then suddenly, wham! You hit the wall. It may be a wall of sickness or financial trouble or spiritual failure or family problems. Many just give up and turn back in defeat. But don’t do it. Break through the wall. “The wall” is not the end but it is the “verge of a breakthrough”. When you feel you have hit the wall then don’t give up. “Press in” a little more, press hard, press into the Word as never before.

“Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world” 1 John 4:4
“… Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord of hosts” Zac 4:6