Everybody faces something they thought they had conquered. It could be a feeling, a thought, an attitude, a person or a situation. When this happens we must quickly deal with the negative circumstance quickly and cast it down. We can’t let it shut us down or make us act out of the character of Christ.
As Christians we deal with trials from a biblical perspective with the goal of doing the will of our Heavenly Father foremost in our minds. Christians are not allowed to hold grudges or unforgiveness. We must learn to fully trust God. The closer we get to God, the more enemies we will have. But the LORD is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Romans 8:31 – What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
But friends who have faith in God can strengthen us when we are weak. Consider the friends who made sure their friend who was weak got to see Jesus.
Mark 2:1-5 – And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
If you want a breakthrough…
ONE: BELIEVE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Don’t worry about other people or your failures.
TWO: HAVE FAITH IN GOD. Focus on God. He has a perfect record. Have radical faith.
THREE: BE PERSISTENT. Don’t let failure be an option. Be constant. Don’t compromise your faith in God or the promise He gave you. Only what we do for Christ will last.
FOUR: ACT IN EXPECTATION. Act like you expect something to happen. That is walking by faith.
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31
We need the Holy Spirit to help us live this Christian life. Without the fruit of the Holy Spirit we can’t treat people the way God wants us to treat them. The Holy Spirit is loving and patient and He teaches us to act the same way.
Galatians 5:22 New King James Version – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Jesus paid the price for our sins, died and resurrected so that we could receive the gift of The Holy Spirit.
John 16:7-8 New King James Version – 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
The Holy Spirit is with us and in us and is fully God. He is called The Helper and The Comforter.
John 14:15-17 New King James Version – 15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
The Holy Spirit is also our Intercessor who prays for us.
Romans 8:26-28 New King James Version – 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The Holy Spirit will pray for what is best for us. We can always trust Him because He will always lead us to the path to eternal life in the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit will lead us, but He will not force us.
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
In life there are times when we get knocked down. But we can rise again because JESUS rose again with all power in His hands.
Luke 24:1-7 New King James Version – 1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
Resurrection Sunday is about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Jesus died that you and I might have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus left Heaven to save us. Nobody in Heaven ever wants to come back here. Earth is so much lower than Heaven. Jesus is God and Our Savior. Our Lord God put on mortal flesh and left heaven to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus faced the worst of what this sinful world has to offer–and overcame it. He overcame evil with good. We are called to follow Him. We will also face obstacles and trials. But we can overcome every one by the power of the blood of Jesus that was shed for our sins.
Hebrews 1:1-3 New King James Version – God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Jesus died for us before we loved Him. He loved us first, even while we were still living a life of sin.
Romans 5:8 New King James Version – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.