Saturday, 10 September 2016

Instrument Rated Christianity (2) Rated For Trouble

John 16:33
"...In the world you will have tribulation..."

One of the biggest mistakes that believers make in this life is thinking that no trouble will ever come their way. Talk to any Pastor or counselor and they will tell you that they are constantly picking up the pieces of broken lives. These broken people scarcely gave it a second thought that trouble could come their way. So they never prepared for it, big mistake!

Paul wrote, 'we are troubled on every side, yet not distressed...' 2 Corinthians 4:8. I don't mean to paint a gloomy picture here, but it needs to be understood that trouble often comes to even the most dedicated of believers; we must be prepared for this.

Now it would be foolish to go looking for trouble, and it would be just as foolish to ignore the fact that trouble will come. The key to dealing with trouble is to believe what the scriptures say about it. That is to say: Believe that trouble will most likely come to you at some point in life because scripture says that it will.

God's promise is this: 'He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him,' Psalm 91:15. The promises contained in scripture are what's going to put you over when trouble comes. God's precepts and promises are your instruments, metaphorically speaking,
that will see you through any trouble.

It is, therefore, your responsibility as a believer to be thoroughly trained in your spiritual instrument panel (God's Word). When a believer takes the time to know the promises he/she becomes thoroughly equipped to handle anything that is thrown at them.

Maybe some of your work colleagues don't like your Christian witness and are spreading nasty rumors about you. Maybe someone is blaming you for something you didn't do. It could be that your child gets busted for drugs, or there's an affair in your marriage, to name just a few things. What are you going to do when trouble comes and you're not prepared?

Many Christians find themselves in exactly these kinds of predicaments; some blame God and eventually suffer a  ship wrecked faith. Others go for never ending counseling sessions, but never seem to gain the victory. What about you dear reader? Don't get caught unprepared; get into God's word; get familiar with God's precepts and promises.

Jesus said this to encourage His disciples: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world," John 16:33.

Dear reader, if Jesus warned us that we would have trouble in this world, then we had better be ready for it. If Jesus overcame the world, so can we, because greater is He that's in us than he that's in the world, Praise the Lord!

John writes, 'You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world,' 1 John 4:4. Praise God we're on the winning side, but it's up to us to be instrument rated. That is, it's up to us be thoroughly trained in God's Word that we might successfully fight the good fight of faith, 1 Timothy 6:12.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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