Thank you for your words of encouragement and the reminder that The Lord will hold on to us when our grip loosens a bit. Faith in God’s Presence—that he is with us in the darkest moments of life. Satan tempts us to fall away during our trials. That’s the true Christian position. Nothing is impossible with God. Life can be scary, especially during hard times. Life can be scary…especially during stressful situations. During our interview with him, he sounded very strong and confident in all his answers. Fretting, or worrying, is a choice. Live Your Faith Out Loud (part 2), Bring Hope in a Pandemic: Live Your Faith Out Loud (part 1), Impossible situation? What a difference it makes to be a student and not a victim: A victim says, “Why did this happen to me?” A student says, “What can I learn from this?”, A victim blames other people for his problems. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless” (v. 5). They may in fact be a sign that we are in the will of God. This is one of his favorite tools when the hard times involve problems with friends and family members. “You know quite well that we were destined for them” (v. 3b). But perpetual victimhood dooms you to a life of self-centered misery because you learn nothing from your trials. Faith in God’s Word—that it is true no matter what happens to us. Loss—yes. Matthew 15:21-28: Today is Mother’s Day and we want to say thank you to women in our lives for all the things you have done for us! Then she walked out of my office. The tools of the shepherd are the rod and staff. A touch from the shepherd’s staff and the presence of his rod is reassuring to the heart. You can get the words of encouragement for a friend who is going through tough times of his/her life. David knew that it is hard to avoid fretting. I will hold on! Visit heartcrymissionary.com for more information, updates, and resources! Troubles—yes. In my office we quoted Bible verses together. Then we get to v. 4, and it doesn't fit. The noun form of the word difficult is difficulty, which alludes to trouble. Luke 24:1-8: Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can know the love of God. 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. Rest assured, God is on your side and you have nothing to fear. Revelation 2:1-7: Are you spiritually distracted? This sermon offers thanks and encouragement. Consider these words by Roy Zuck: “For the child of God, there are no accidents, only incidents.” That may be the best one-sentence summary of Romans 8:28 I’ve ever seen. 3:12). Many years ago I learned an important truth from my friend Jim Warren. A little here and a little there and eventually she began to experiment with drugs. When you’re an imitator of the Lord, you become a model of how a person of faith should act and live. A student learns from hard times. You are never alone no matter how you may feel. Faith in God’s Purpose—that he is conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:15-16; 3:1; 3:13-21: Be encouraged! Summary: There are key B=biblical truths to live by when the world is facing a pandemic. There is a fourth truth we need to remember when hard times come. Difficulty—yes. With that important understanding, we pass on to the third great truth regarding hard times. 4:15-16). If you’re having a hard time keeping your head above water, tell someone else. Call on God, El Shaddai - The Lord God Almighty, the ultimate authority. “But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. She was raised as a Christian and at one time had a strong faith in Jesus Christ. A victim begs God to remove the problems of life so that he might be happy. Some people go through life as professional victims, always talking about how they have been mistreated. Whatever you're experiencing, Jesus knows, and He’s able to deliver you. God is calling you to a deeper spiritual commitment and to fulfill the call of God on your life. Disappointment—yes. Haggai 1:2-11: Have you become distracted, discouraged, or dissatisfied? And further in the distance, others watch what we go through. Here’s how to find your hope in Christ. So rejoice and be glad and take comfort; you have no reason to fear. People need to be encouraged today. Allow your other senses to heighten. Find rest in Jehovah-Rohi: There's power in the name! As I am making notes to share with you, I received a call from a dear friend and it was a call of rejoicing even as someone we both know is walking through a valley. A few days ago we interviewed Nabeel Qureshi on American Family Radio about his new book No God But One: Allah or Jesus?. Key Scripture: Psalm 91:1-6 Scriptures: 1 Corinthians, 2 Peter, Acts 17:27, James 1:5, Philippians 1:27, Proverbs 15:3, Psalm 139:7-12, Psalm 91, Psalms 91:1-6, Revelation 19:7 I have turned to the Bible many times when looking for support and hope, and I always found what I needed. Allow the word of God to light your path and the Holy Spirit to be a very present help. In hard times, the words of encouragement can motivate your friends in a positive way. How can we stand firm in difficult times? He whispers in our ear that God has forgotten us, that he doesn’t care, and that he isn’t good. Third, he tempts us to give in to despair and discouragement. Life can go on smoothly for a … There is no gold without the fiery furnace. Description: Expounding on Deuteronomy 8:1-5, this sermon describes how God works to draw us closer to Him in the midst of difficulty in our lives. Don’t fight the battle alone. God’s Protection from Harm in These Crisis Times. Know that you are not alone even though things may seem dark and overwhelming right now, and you may feel unsure of what’s coming next. May these inspirational bible verses provide that same heavenly comfort to you in your difficult times. As I survey the New Testament teaching regarding trials, two truths stand out. Be victorious with El Elyon: There's power in the name! This message reminds us to remember the promises of God. Purpose: To encourage Christians when they face hard times by giving them truths that sustain. 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. 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. 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. You may not see a way out of the situation you find yourself walking in today; but know this, you are not alone. We have a great God who loves us more than we know. It may seem so at the time, but it’s not really true. Paul is saying, “I can face my trials because I see how well you are facing yours.”. 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 – … Yet storms often come to believers to make them able to stand firm, rather than to blow them away (cf. 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. 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. Sermon. A victim would rather complain than find a solution. Our text shows how Paul reassured them. 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. 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. The challenge is finding the courage to face difficult times. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10: Does your life show evidence of faith? That was on Thursday. But if you shift your focus to God, then you can find joy even in the worst moments of life. Life can be scary, especially during hard times. Sermon Archive Home > Sermon Archive > Our One Anothers > View Sermon “Thriving In Hard Times” March 25, 2020 by Terry Baldwin. From the shadows they watch us as we suffer to see if what we have is real or not. 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. I wish it were not so, but it is true. Because I see things from a human perspective, I might actually hurt you instead of help you even though my motives would be good. What can we do to keep our faith strong? So many believers struggle because they try to handle their problems alone. The strength and power of the spirit of God is within you. Hard times eventually wear us down. Trials will come but they are never to hurt you; rather they are to build you up. Words of Encouragement in Times of Trouble. 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… Were I to take away the pain, I might move too soon and block God’s work in your life. "Equipping and encouraging people to keep believing in Jesus", Copyright © 2020 Keep Believing Ministries. You may have heard Psalms 23 many times, but I want to focus on one verse: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4, NIV). Praise Him in the times of glory and Praise Him in the times of trouble. All of us face those questions because we all go through deep trials eventually. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10: Now, more than ever people need to hear there is hope. 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. Many of them are unbelievers who wonder if Christ is real. That’s not possible as long as you focus on the trial itself. A woman sat in my office and told me a very sad story. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. A student understands that God allows hard times in order to help him grow. (part 6), - Series: Inspire! That’s what Paul feared for the Thessalonians. It also reminds us of His presence. Faith in God’s Power—that he can deliver us from every temptation. Fretting—or worrying—is a sin. It was from Lorna. They want to know if what we say we believe is really enough for us in the hard times. The Spirit can strengthen us to give thanks in our difficult times. In fact, a form of this word, parakletos is used for the Holy Spirit. Joyce Meyer - Encouragement in Difficult Times. Incidents—yes. Encouragement in Difficult Times | Everyday Answers - Joyce Meyer. Your difficult time could be: the loss of a job, death of a family member, a relationship problem with another person, disease in your family, a problem at work. For the last few years, he has served as a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. This short message from the heart is for you. In the first four verses of Ps. If you’re struggling, this short message from the heart is for you. Search for: Recent sermon features. Psalm 23:4: Struggling? A student has learned through the problems of life that God alone is the source of all true happiness. God gave us the Bible so that “through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Our friends watch to see how we will respond to tragedy. The staff is used to correct, restrain, and pull to safety. 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. Then I challenged her to become a woman of truth because the truth will set her free. In this case, the great Apostle himself drew strength from the courage of these new believers. Coronavirus Can Be Healed Spiritually. (part 10), Discouraged? In fact, this is the opposite of chance or circumstance. Title: FINDING THE MOTIVATION TO CARRY YOU THROUGH TOUGH TIMES Text: Nehemiah 2:11-20; 4:1-23 Introduction: Adversity makes men…prosperity makes monsters. Let the light of the Gospel shine in your heart. "Mutual Prayer for Difficult Times" is an exposition of 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5. “In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. This and other sermons brought to you by Faith Chapel, an Assemblies of God church in Pleasanton, CA. Find hope in El Shaddai: There's power in the name! Your life, actions, and words have power and purpose. He is the final authority. How does the devil tempt us in hard times? With that being said, here's our selection of the best words of encouragement and strength we could find to inspire you. The shepherd is always looking to protect his sheep. There is one other kind of faith that will help us in hard times. Look Unto Me and Be Ye Saved, All the Ends of the Earth. I received a note from someone who found her way back to God after a long time in the wilderness: I felt I should tell you a little bit of a story in hopes it might help someone else. The rod is used to protect and drive the enemy away. It shows you how you’re not alone, even if things seem overwhelming or you feel unsure of what’s coming next. It says amazing things like: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 5:3-4 spells out how this process works: “We also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.” We all want hope, but we don’t want affliction. How does a Christian respond when hard times come? Let the Lord minister to you through the resources of the body of Christ. Sermons: TRUSTING GOD IN DIFFICULT TIMES. I was able to share that no matter how things may look, we can know that God is looking out for His children. A student asks, “How much of this did I bring on myself?”, 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.”. God is much more concerned with how you respond than with the trial itself. Maybe you've lost your job, are battling a chronic illness or your marriage is falling apart. The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower of Safety & Victory.
We all encounter difficult seasons and circumstances in our life. 1. Nothing ever “just happens” and nothing is caused by someone or something outside of God’s control. But during a period of loneliness, she fell in with a bad crowd and began to dabble in sin. What kind of faith does he have in mind? We rejoiced. Not only is it full of wisdom and knowledge, but it also has words of encouragement and inspiration. 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. 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. Faith in God’s Promise—that he will never leave us or forsake us. You may feel alone. “Jesus is never tolerant of sin, but always willing to forgive it. When hard times come, it’s easy to blame God for our problems. Comforting Words of Encouragement in Hard Times. There is much fear and concern not only about the future, there is fear of the here and now. Things may appear impossible, but with God you’ll have the victory. The Holy Spirit will guide, comfort and help. You represent Christ to the world; and the love and mercy of God to each other. We prayed, and I know it was a divine appointment. Keywords: Joy, hardship, trust, faith, encouragement, endurance. The word of God is used to defend. There is a powerful dynamic that works when pastor and people pray for one another, when saints pray for one another. Devo. Living by the truths in this message will enable you to enjoy God’s peace while those in this world panic. It shows you how you’re not alone, even if things seem overwhelming or you feel unsure of what’s coming next. Remember the shepherd and the shepherd’s tools. Encouragement in Difficulties 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. And those who are following ever so close to him. The Bible is a fantastic book! 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. Explanatory note: the following Scriptures are not presented in “sermon” format. Give Careful Thought to Your Ways and Be Renewed, Encouragement for Moms - Nameless Heroes With Hearts of Love, Faced With a Difficult Situation? Anything hindering your witness? A rod is a sign of power and strength to defend against attacks. The Greek word for “unsettled” actually means to “wag the tail.” It has the idea of being shaken by circumstances so that you fall away from the right path in life. It seems tough times don’t have any problem finding each of us. I have compiled 30 Bible verses that have been helping me during my trials, comforting me, and giving me peace. No, in the midst of the storm, I do not have to worry about my salvation, and for that I praise you, God. But that’s how life is sometimes. “So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. Listen to the sounds around you. When God Almighty steps in, miracles happen. It reminds us again that we grow stronger as we lean on each other. He is present in your situation. Although he had come to minister to them, by standing firm in hard times they were ministering to him. The valley of the 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. From this passage I want to share with you five truths about hard times. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Fear not, Christian friend. They offer an example of fighting through emotional and spiritual difficulty and will help you look to God for hope in hard times. Psalm 23: God, Jehova-Rohi—the Lord is my shepherd, knows where you are, and he will answer you. Second, your particular trial doesn’t matter as much as how you respond to it. Our trials often come with very little warning. One day you are announcing a new book; a few days later you are fighting for your life.