Trials, struggles, and suffering are part of earthly living. Jesus said so Himself: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV).
Truth is, there will not be freedom from our struggles until we reside in the Millennial Kingdom. In the book of Revelation, John describes the new living conditions for the believer, along with our assurance from God.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away”(Revelation 21:4 HCSB).
Just reading about it makes my heart beat a bit faster with anticipation for a life without struggles. But in the meantime,we live on a sin-cursed earth that has not yet been restored to its original perfect state. So how canwe live victoriously amidst pain and suffering? Let me offer three heartfelt tried and tested applications from the Frazzled
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1) Redirect your focus.
The authority of Jesus Christ reaches all the way from Heaven into the depths of your struggle. Everybody has mental battles and much of our stress while struggling is due to worry. Sometimes you have to speak to the devil and say, “Get out ofmy thinking. You are not going to pollute my mind with doubts and fears.”By taking your focus off your problem, and placing iton the Problem Solver, you’reon your way to a calmer and more stable mindset.
2) Tighten your boundaries.
When you have a particular problem you’re dealing with, it helps to make your world a bit smaller. You can’t be everything to everybody. There have been times when I’vehad to pull back from commitments and outside activities in order to use my energy to get through the issue at hand. Don’t know how todo that? Ask the Holy Spirit toguide you, and He will. “I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel” (Psalm 32:8 HCSB).
3) Ramp up your prayers.
As women, we know how to talk! During stressful times you can make your words count for something more than voicing complaints. “Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything. . .”(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 HCSB). You can follow that command by talking to God from your heart, and talking scripture to Him.
Remember, my friend; Jesus has power and authority over your struggle. Bysubmitting to Him as Lord of your life, He will help you make it through whatever you’re facing. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).