Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 1, 2020

Rechecking Our Responses

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” John 16:33b

Five months in already to 2020 and its been quite the year. I’m sure we could all make a list of what we thought Spring would look like (it did come early) and it wouldn’t even come close to our reality. Each day unravels its own set of challenges.

It’s ever so easy to get caught up in the day to day uncertainties. We’ve never navigated this path before and definitely don’t desire a repeat. But nestled in the midst of it, we glimpse the reality of our own talk. Do we really believe what we have quoted to others? Do we act based on God’s wisdom or the ever-changing perceived truth of others?

God’s word is very clear about life in this world. We will face trials and disappointments. We will be stretched. We will experience things that rock our world to the core. Our confidence in self will be shaken, but our Jesus promises He has overcome the world. The empty grave is proof not even death could hold Him down.

Sounds quite pretty when life is smooth and easy. We share those words with others during moments when they are walking through the darkness of difficult days. But do we live them out when we’re the ones desperate for intervention? Our response in the midst of trials speaks volumes to those around us. It’s a loud megaphone resounding hope, peace and comfort even if our world is shaken. An uncompromising confidence in the One we trust completely.

No better time than the present to recheck our words and actions. Are we sowing seeds of doom and gloom? Are we reacting based on fear and doubt? Or are we seizing these moments to shine His love, truth and power to all we meet?

We all need encouragement so let’s make some spiritually healthy deposits in our soul. Recall God’s faithfulness in our past. Remember His deliverance when we saw no way out. Contemplate His favor when all seemed lost. Make sure our words reflect His power working in us and through us. Choose to be the one who acknowledges it’s hard but determines God is the answer for all we so desperately need.

“Father, Your word is filled with evidence of Your divine intervention on behalf of Your people. Real people who witnessed You transforming their difficulties into glorious victories as their faith grew and flourished. Help us to stand firmly on the truth of who You are.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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