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Confidence for Troublesome Times

Read | Romans 8:28-31

During difficult times, I cling to the Lord's promise that He is in complete control. This comforting truth is a reminder that nothing is left to chance. It also takes away the pressure to try and control life. Yet at the same time, knowing that God has ultimate authority can leave us wondering why He would allow our painful circumstances.

Friends, I wish I had an easy answer. Truthfully, the Lord's ways are beyond our ability to understand. However, we have certain assurances that help us endure:

  • Some difficulty is the direct result of sin. Just as loving parents train their children, God teaches us from our mistakes.
  • The Lord promises to work all things for our good. There's a far bigger picture than what we can see, and God weaves circumstances together in beautiful ways.
  • Trials are often necessary to draw us close to the Lord. As a pastor, I have seen many Christians with comfortable lives become self-reliant. Slowly, these believers drift away from a close relationship with the Living Water. They become spiritually dehydrated but fail to recognize their need.

Our loving Father allows trials so that we will stay near to Him. We can be confident in difficulty when we rest in the fact that Jesus is in complete control, and He works everything out for our good.

From our perspective, life sometimes seems to fall apart. Using spiritual vision rather than our human ability to understand, we know God is in control. He promises to use our circumstances for good, and He will strengthen and guide us in every step. Take heart and trust.

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  • November 04, 2012 06:07 PM

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    Good one, husband just lost his 22 yes long employment yesterday. Please keep us in prayers.
  • November 04, 2012 01:25 PM

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    nothing can be truer than this! most of our difficulties are caused by disobedience and sin but we can hold on to the promises of God never to leave us nor forsake. indeed, all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. we are supposed to learn from our mistakes and be better because of these trials. we can also emerge victorious and stronger after each and every trial that we have overcome through the grace of God. "Prayer changes things. Worry changes nothing. so, instead of worrying about what we can do, we should think of what God can do for us.we should stop worrying and trust God instead. Believe that he is in absolute control of everything. And that nothing surprises him. He is aware of everything that we're going through. He sees from beginning to end. And he always enables us to come out victorious just as He is!
  • November 04, 2012 12:08 PM

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    So true.....right now my circumstances are a mess but I know the outcome will be incredible because I'm waiting on The Lord to work in my life. I love you Father and I'm anxious to find out what you have in store. I'm not where I want to be but I'm certainly not where I was. :). Thank you Dr. Charles Stanley
  • November 04, 2012 08:53 AM

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    Thank you, this was so very encouraging this morning.
  • November 04, 2012 08:27 AM

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    I REALLY NEEDED TO READ THIS. ONLY ONE GUIDED ME HERE.GOD ALMIGHTY AND FOR THIS I THANK YOU LORD. DAWNA <3
  • November 04, 2012 08:03 AM

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    IT IS SO TRUE IM GLAD GOD PUTS US THREW TRAILS WE NEED IT ONCE AND AWHILE AS A REMINDER NOT TO FORGET WHO OUR LOVING FATHER IS THANK YOU FATHER,SON AND HOLY SPIRIT FOR NEVER LEAVING OR FORSAKING ME!
  • November 04, 2012 07:54 AM

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    This one has really touched home for me and my current circumstances!
  • November 04, 2012 07:25 AM

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    Thank Dr. Charles Stanley. I introduced you and your ministry to my husband who is an Australian Christian and elder in our fellowship. Indeed you are a blessing to both of us. The Words that our Lord gives to you every time is like a soothing balm to our aches, an encouragement in time of our feeling low , a strength in our weakness and a sword that pierce our spirits at times that we needed to be corrected! We always included you in our daily prayers. We love you and may our good God lengthens your life until He comes for us! God bless you more!
    Maria and Keith from the land down under
  • November 03, 2012 08:11 PM

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    Yes we do make mistakes that we ourselves have to learn from them,I thank the LORD always for the reminders,he is the best FATHER we have,I LOVE YOU LORD AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING...
  • November 03, 2012 08:05 PM

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    This daily devotional I needed today. its been really hard times for me lately.
  • November 03, 2012 03:16 PM

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    I needed this reminder! I love InTouch Ministries!
  • November 03, 2012 01:16 PM

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    Thank you for sharing this today. God truly is in control and always works for the good. I needed this today and now my heart is not so heavy.
  • November 03, 2012 12:41 PM

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    Such a relevant word for these troublesome times , for this country as well as for my own personal life. :) I choose to trust that God is working it all out for our good and that in the end, He knows whats best :) Thank you Lord
  • November 03, 2012 10:39 AM

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    God hears me! ,,,Plain and Simple he listens and I know God is there for Me and my Family!
  • November 03, 2012 10:10 AM

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    So thankful that God is in control..sometime it is hard to trust but it is the best way to survive in this world today.
  • November 03, 2012 09:51 AM

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    Thank you! Yes I will take heart and trust!
    God has all power.and might
  • November 03, 2012 09:10 AM

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    Im praying for courage to remain steadfast in his word, even when i get weak in myspirit because of my everyday circumstances..
  • November 03, 2012 08:28 AM

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    Thanks you Pastor for such a wonderful message taken from the Word of God.. I really needed it and it got to me just right on time knowing at this point that despite my circumstances, our Heavenly Father never loses control but always is guiding our lives toward Him. Amen
  • November 03, 2012 08:09 AM

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    Sometimes we need to be reminded who is in control-just because we seem to be managing things doesn't mean we are in control of everything-A circumstance can certainly show us how weak we really are-we are only human. If HE takes us to the trial HE is always there to bring us through it if we focus on HIM..PTL for HIS faithfulness
  • November 03, 2012 07:51 AM

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    what a perfect reference to my often imperfect dependence on God...."drifting away from the Living Water & becoming spiritually dehydrated". Oh Father, let me return to the banks of your River of Life & let me drink...fill me & nourish me with the assurance of your perfection & eternal provision. Thank you Lord for placing the words of your scripture & earthly servants in my path.
  • November 03, 2012 07:38 AM

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    An awesome reminder. It is often difficult to let go of my feeble attempt to control a situation, but EVERY time that I have released itto God he has shown his unfailing love.
  • November 03, 2012 07:24 AM

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    This is a good reminder to read each and every day. Thank you Dr. Stanley. All glory and honor to our Father in heavan for the good times and the bad.
  • November 03, 2012 06:51 AM

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    Thanks, very well explained. We always want to say "Why God?" And ignore the sin in our lives that contributed. He always gives us what we need.

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