Friday, October 21, 2022

How to Make It in Hard Times

 by Gregory A. Johnson

How to Make It in Hard Times, by Gregory A. Johnson

I hear from many in the United States and around the world every day. They are going through fiery trials, and seemingly their prayers are going unanswered. Their faith is wavering under the burden of helplessness and hopelessness. Their trials consume them day and night, stealing the peace that Jesus gives to His faithful followers.

If this is you, I have a word for you today. Don't think that your trial, however long it has been going on, is unusual. Contrary to what some false preachers, teachers, and prophets say today, it is not uncommon for Christ's followers to go through the fiery furnace of despair and suffering.

The Apostle Peter experienced this truth and wrote, "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed (1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV)." 

Refuse to believe the lies of the devil and his helpers — all those fake and false folk — questioning your faith as you are suffering amid a fiery trial. It has nothing to do with your faith. It has everything to do with Jesus developing His glory in you, and you will rejoice and be glad in the work He does.  Keep trusting Jesus, casting all your cares on Him.

So, How do you make it in hard times? Hold on to your faith with white-knuckle intensity. Unburden your soul to Jesus and trust Him. Don't waver, and don't get impatient. Don't try to do it yourself, or you will mess it up. Pray, watch, and wait. Jesus will fight your battles for you. Hold on, staying faithful, resting in Jesus, allowing Him to baptize you in His sweet Spirit, amazing grace, and soothing peace. Your time is coming. His glory is going to be revealed in you, resulting in great rejoicing. 

Beloved, my prayer is for you to experience a fresh baptism of the presence of Jesus as you ride out the storm with Him. That you will ride above the raging waves in the sea of despair, knowing that Jesus is in the boat with you and, like Daniel, you will come out of the fiery furnace not even smelling like smoke.

Know that you are loved,