I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 ESV
God never promised our life would be perfect when we became believers of Christ, in fact the Bible teaches us the opposite. 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”. Persecution and rejection come with the cross (Christ) and it is a reminder that you’re chosen by God. Your resilience in Christ must be developed through the word of God to help sustain you through the ups and downs of this life. There will be times when you feel like you’ve done all you can and that’s the moment you need to remember that there is no temptation that has overcome Christ (including giving up), and God cannot be tempted. The light of Christ lives within you, so you have the resilience to go forth and not be distracted.
Life can be confusing and stressful when you don’t have wisdom to help navigate through life’s changing circumstances. It is the word of God that levels you in the midst of a storm, and it is the word of God that will be brought back to your remembrance once you’ve made it your foundation of thinking.
I remember having problems before christ and they would consume me completely. I couldn’t manage my anger, or how to process what was happening to me so I used anger as a tool to express that frustration. Long story short, it got me nowhere. You need the word of God to help you with your problems in life and you need the peace of the Holy Spirit to sustain you through your trials. When things are beyond your understanding and beyond your strength that’s when you rely on God and his word to help pull you through it.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. – Isaiah 26:3
God promises a peace that surpasses all understanding when you meditate on his word both day and night. When you learn to understand that you’re a spiritual being with an opportunity to live with God beyond this life and realm, the problems of this life being to seem minuscule.” Knowing that God will provide and His word will not return void gives us security and stability in our thinking. A stable mind brings peace.
Now is the time to renew your mind regarding your problems, and stabilize your thinking regarding your victory in Christ. Problems are an opportunity to grow and anyone who asks for wisdom, asks for problems! Speak well of yourself and your situation (be optimistic). Learn to meditate on God’s plan instead of your problems. Constantly remind yourself of His promise to sustain you and find hope is that place. The more you put into your relationship with God, the more you will get out of it. I pray this short note helps get you renew your mind and walk into your peace this season.