7 Things The Bible Says About Tough Times
If you feel like you’re at the end of the road with nowhere to go, realize that the enemy is lying to you.
One day you will be able to share your story of victory with someone who may need your encouragement, just as much as you need encouragement right now.
You have to acknowledge your troubles, but gather strength from them. Acknowledge your mistakes, but learn from them.
If you’re going through tough times right now, here are several things you need to consider…
1. Tough times are not the times to give up.
Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
Life looks different through everyone’s eyes. In fact, who you were, who you are, and who you will become are three completely different people.
And as you gradually grow beyond the person you were yesterday, keep life’s challenges in perspective.
Realize that life is like playing a grand piano.
The white keys create your happiness and the black keys denote your troubles.
But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also create music.
2. Pain helps you grow.
Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart. (Proverbs 20:30)
Sometimes things must change so you can change.
Sometimes you must break a little so you can get a peek inside to see what an awesome powerhouse you are.
Sometimes mistakes must be made so wisdom can be earned.
Sometimes you must overcome heartache so you can begin to follow your heart again.
3. God has our best interest at heart.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Don’t let your struggles become your identity. Not everything in your life will go as you expect it to.
This is why you need to pray to be aligned with God’s will. Remind yourself that it’s perfectly okay not to be perfect.
4. Negative thoughts can turn in negative actions.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you. (Proverbs 23:7)
The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective. And in many cases, the only thing in life you have control over is your perspective.
No matter what happens, YOU control what the meaning is and most of the time, what the outcome will be.
Choose to react in a way that motivates happiness, love, or forgiveness, even when circumstances make that choice difficult.
5. Troubles don’t last always.
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday.
If things in your life aren’t happening as planned right now, that’s okay.
Maybe it means it’s just not the right time. Be Patient, Have Faith, and trust God’s will, whatever it may be.
6. You’re still blessed.
I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:12)
You may have seen better days, but you have also seen worse.
You might not have all your wants, but you do have all your needs.
You woke up with a few aches and pains, but you woke up.
Your life may not be perfect, but it is good.
And more good things are coming down the road as long as you keep moving forward.
7. God’s purpose always prevails.
I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Failure is not falling down; failure is staying down when you have the choice to get back up.
Sometimes you have to fall a thousand times to succeed.
All of your ideas that don’t work are simply stepping stones on your way to the one idea that does.
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