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Overcoming trials

By Keith Boutte


   Often in amazement or frustration we are surprised by circumstances in life. A wrong turn can bring us to an exciting event or an unwanted dilemma. There are times when going on with life feels like we’re the hamster running inside the wheel that goes nowhere. But as children of God we are given insight of who God is and what He desires from us, His children.

Our job is not to know or understand everything about life or the sudden turns it takes, good or bad. Our job is simply to be overcomers, to seek out and accomplish what God would have for us to do. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.” Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT)

Sin is a defeated foe as well as the greatest enemy in our lives. The balance in this fight is the cross. Notice it says above “for the Joy set before him, he endured the cross.” The cross wasn’t the joy Jesus took sin upon Himself for, WE ARE THAT JOY! Jesus, as God the Father looked upon Him, died so we would be free! That’s one part of being Christ-like, accepting the hurtful, harmful attacks from man and our biggest threat Satan or one of his followers.

Look at Isaiah 54:16-17 (NKJV) “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy.”  God created Satan and all his armies and every weapon they have. We can look at this verse and rejoice or put our head down wondering how we could ever win. If our God created Satan and Satan is our greatest enemy, what can we do?! We can take up our cross and not only follow Jesus but imitate and represent Jesus as He lived. Now look at verse 17 “‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,’ Says the LORD.”

Winning is overcoming the trials of life that seek to compromise our faith. Jesus provides us the power to condemn, control, fight off and overcome any attack from Satan and his subjects. Christians are called children of God; Satan has subjects to do his evil bidding and are fallen angels with no eternal hope of redemption of their sin. Christians are empowered upon salvation with Holy Spirit who is God in us! 

   Jesus said in John 16:10-15 (NLT), “‘Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.’ All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.” 

Holy Spirit has come to guide us into all truth—He doesn’t speak His thoughts but speaks only what God tells Him. Holy Spirit tells us about our future and leads us into bringing glory to God! We have a built-in mainframe hardwired to our brain with unlimited memory, power beyond earthly knowledge, knowledge of our future, understanding from its Creator, guidance beyond any knowledge known to man and Jesus is directly connected with zero interference! “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31 (NLT)

What can’t God do? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

How did God fail you? “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

Who hurt you? “Then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.’”  Daniel 6:21-22 (NKJV)

What isn’t fair? “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Where is God in all this? “He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NLT)

It’s more important to know where you’re going than where you came from. Revelation 21:4 (NKJV) says, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV), “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

   Revelation 2:10 (NLT) “Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.”

 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Keith resides in Lafayette with his lovely wife Christy, and they have four children and four grandchildren. He has a passion for people, our city, and seeing the Lord lifted up as a light and hope to others. 

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