Friday, December 4, 2015

Surviving Troubles

Surviving Troubles
Philippians 4:6-9 KJV
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus...  

Most people can't cope with life because life to them is just existing or filled with too many problems. Some of these miserable people don't like their families, they don't like the one they're married to and, they don't like their jobs, or themselves. They live an unhappy life with nothing ever changing for them.

Everyone has problems but the question is, how do you deal with your problems? Do you break down or fall apart when things happen to you that you don’t understand? Do you get angry, or pout inwardly when hard times come? Have drugs, alcohol, overeating, or other things been your way of escape? The Biblical answer is that it is God who is at work in you to do His will for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). The Apostle Paul learned the secret of surviving trouble and the secret to victory. He was so secure in knowing that God was in control he could sing in jail and stand boldly before the Greeks on Mar's Hill declaring his faith without hesitation. Paul stood in confidence before Felix, Festus, and Agrippa with his life in their hands, fearlessly.

Paul taught that you are to pray about everything and specifically with a thankful heart. When any burden arises, you are to ease your mind by prayer, seeking wisdom and direction to lead you through the trial victoriously. Prayer is making not only your desires known before God, but also your hurts. Prayer will keep you from sinning during your trials and from sinking under the load of them. Peace is a calming affect without confusion or anxiety and brings satisfaction to your soul. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

Lord, thank You for prayer that brings perfect peace to my troubled heart.

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