Posts Tagged ‘triumph’

How to Triumph in Trouble

Friday, January 19th, 2018

We triumph even in our troubles, knowing that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope — a hope which never disappoints us, since God’s love floods our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 Moffatt

1. REALIZE JESUS HAS TRIUMPHED. The Bible makes us aware of a couple things: (1) the inevitability of problems here on earth and (2) the certainty that God will work things out. Because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross, we are not only saved, but we have abiding victory. And we triumph even in our troubles!

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

2. RUN TO GOD. God deeply loves you. He is your refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1). When you encounter trials — don’t back off, don’t get melancholy, don’t feel condemned — instead consider it an opportunity to run to God. If you need wisdom for your finances, about your kids, about symptoms in your body, about a career change — God has that available for you.

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7

3. REJOICE EVERY DAY. We are called to be people who praise God instead of just articulating the problems of life. When the apostle Paul wrote “rejoice in the Lord always,” he wasn’t in denial about the problems he was facing, but he was plowing through and praising in the middle of it (Philippians 4:4). We can also rejoice in the middle of our trials because we have inside information from the Bible that breakthrough is ahead!

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY PRAISE CONFESSION:
I will bless You, Lord, at all times; Your praise will continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1). Thank You, Jesus, for what You did on the Cross. Because of You, I triumph even in trouble. I have the victory in every circumstance. I can do all things because You are strengthening me (Philippians 4:13). I hold up my shield of faith and know that God, You are working on my behalf.

en·dure, verb
To face and withstand with courage. To last and be usable. To persist for a specified period of time.

Copyright © 2018 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Endure.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus.

Consider Jesus.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! Psalm 8:3-5

On the next clear night, bundle up and go look at the stars. Consider the One who made them and how much He cares about you personally. The quiet moments are more important than you may realize. The call to meditate is not just for people with the aptitude to ponder; there is something important found in being still before God.

“If we really want some things to count, if we genuinely desire some depth to emerge, some impact to be made, some profound and enduring investment to cast a comforting shadow across another’s life (your child, a friend, whomever), it is essential that we slow down . . . at times, stop completely. And think. Now . . . not later. Don’t you dare put this off another day!” –Charles Swindoll

Slow down when you read the Bible. Years ago, a pastor told me that one verse from the Bible properly understood and acted on will change your life forever. Next time you get in the Word, stop on a verse and chew on it and digest it. Read a verse you know and get to know it better. It’s not about how many chapters you can tuck under your belt—it’s what you get out of it.

Despite how sophisticated your thinking is, or how much you may have been through, humble yourself and turn to Jesus. “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3). When Jesus died on the Cross, the enemy was gleeful because everything looked like a failure. But it turned into victory over death and sin. God can take the failures of your life and turn them into triumph.

Consider Jesus (Hebrews 3:1). Set some time aside in this busy season to quiet yourself and contemplate what God has done for you. Get your brain off the negative and remember God’s faithfulness. We all have a series of testimonies—remember yours and write them down. God has big, beautiful plans for your life. We are enrolled as participants in something bigger than we can imagine; so get ready for God to use you to change someone’s life.

God is faithful,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

 

Copyright © 2008 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.