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How can I endure in my faith during hard times?


By Dr. Charles Stanley

Zephaniah 3:17

You are God’s masterpiece, and He has given you His Word as a testimony to the love and joy He has for you. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”

God rejoices over you and is transforming your life to reflect His goodness to others. He has an awesome plan for your life. You are not yet what you will be when you step into the eternal presence of God (1 Cor. 13:12; 1 John 3:2). Until that time, God is patiently molding and shaping you into the image of His Son. Therefore, you never have a reason to give up (Gal. 6:9). You are not alone! Jesus is with you, cheering you on to victory. He is at your side to strengthen and encourage you. When you fix your eyes on Him and not on your circumstances, you will begin to see life differently. Instead of thinking negatively, the Holy Spirit will teach you to think about the things of God—pure thoughts that honor Jesus Christ.

God also makes it clear that He loves you with an everlasting love and has pledged to never leave or forsake you (Deut. 31:6, 8; John 14:18; Heb. 13:5). He walks with you through disappointment, and when you confess your sins, “He is faithful and righteous to forgive [your] sins and to cleanse [you] from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). He has seen the finished portrait! While on your own you can do nothing, He knows that through Christ you can and will succeed (Phil. 1:6; 4:13). This does not mean that you won’t suffer or feel pain. Jesus endured both, and yet He did not give up. He knew that in order to complete His mission He would have to endure until the end, and He wanted more than anything else to accomplish the Father’s will.

How could He possibly bear the weight of all our sins and still remain victorious? Because He had an eternal perspective (Heb. 12:2). Long before it happened, Jesus saw the Resurrection as a completed fact (Matt. 20:18, 19)—that after three days, He would rise from the grave to walk in victory over sin and death (1 Cor. 15:55–57). You can walk in confidence and triumph because Jesus is your example and His Spirit lives in you. Like colors on an artist’s palette, God can work through every situation in your life—even the one you are facing right now—to bring you closer to Himself (Jer. 29:11–13; Rom. 8:28).

Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.

 

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  • May 17, 2013 08:14 PM

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    we love reading and watching the teaching of the word that's our spirit food...my husband as well as myself be so happy after we have ate...thank you
  • May 17, 2013 12:16 AM

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    This is the truth!!! Well said!!!
  • May 16, 2013 12:37 AM

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    Amazing teaching of not getting discourage when facing difficulties in life. It gives resolution to our daily lives as we walk with God, knowing God presence is always around us and with us. Love your message greatly.
  • May 13, 2013 06:27 PM

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    Praise God for his mercy and love. I needed this message, now.
  • May 13, 2013 01:51 AM

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    What a marvelous message you have brought to us today, Dr. Stanley! I lift you and all your staff at In Touch up in my prayers, thanking God for each one of you and the work you do. Thank you for the reassurance and encouragement.
  • May 12, 2013 11:26 PM

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    Our God is truly awesome!
  • May 12, 2013 09:42 PM

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    Praise God for this message. It is just what I needed for this time in my life.
  • May 12, 2013 04:46 PM

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    A much needed lesson for me
  • May 12, 2013 11:37 AM

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    I am trusting God to strengthen me in my daily struggle to make ends meet and get out of debt and being disabled I don't know how he is going to but I keep praying and trusting him to show me as I go on in my state and to heal my head since brain surgery and a stroke. He is with me but not in the way I am hoping but I keep hoping he will help and show me how in all areas. I know he is bigger then my problems and he can and will fix them all in his timing but when, but again, I don't know.
  • May 12, 2013 08:39 AM

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    I love reading the word of god and knowing that he is always with us through good times and bad. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on his word and the blessings he has given us.
  • May 12, 2013 07:06 AM

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    Simply Awesome!
  • May 12, 2013 06:27 AM

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    Just GOD

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