I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His Word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today I will be continuing my conversation on the topic: How to Overcome Trying Times but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Casting Crowns
Song Title: Already There
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:10
Over the past three weeks I have been sharing some basic but powerful truths that will help you reap the fruit that God has placed in every trial you face as His child. It is practicing the truths that I have shared in this series that makes you more than a conqueror in life. I will be ending this series today by showing you practically how to enter the destiny that God has prepared for you as a result of the though circumstances you are facing no matter what it is. It may be a loss of a job, problems in your marriage, the temptation to sin, or whatever the trial you are facing.
Start seeing Trials as an Opportunity for Destiny Moments!
As a Christian every trial you face is an opportunity to enter into the destiny God has prepared for you or make advancements in it. God has deposited great treasures within you as a Christian, things that your eye has not seen nor your ears heard. The things God has prepared for you as His child has not even entered into your mind yet.
In 2 Corinthians 4:7 Apostle Paul said that we have this treasure in earthen vessels i.e. vessels that can be limited by the circumstances in the world, that the excellence of the power might be of God and not of us. In other words, for this treasure that is within us to come out we need to depend on God. This treasure is the great destiny that God has placed inside of you and it is has been designed to show forth through the difficult circumstances that you face in life i.e. through times of adversity. You see, God does not just merely want to deliver you from the trial you are facing; He also wants to bring out the treasure in you and honor you.
[quote]God does not just merely want to deliver you from the trial you are facing; He also wants to bring out the treasure in you and honor you [/quote]
Allow God to Crown You Because of this Trial
The Psalmist say’s that God delivers my life from destruction and crowns me with loving kindness and tender mercies. In Psalm 91 God promised that He will be with you in troubles, he will deliver you and honor you. He does not just want to deliver you from the difficulties you are facing; He wants to also honour you in the sight of everyone around you with loving kindness and tender mercies. God wants to bring out the glorious destiny that He has placed within you through the trials you face.
But for that to happen, you need to corporate with God in obedience. When you corporate with God in a trial, the deliverance you will get will make the trial look like it was a necessary in your life. When you practice the things I have shared in this series you will be cooperating with God and gain outstanding victory.
How to Optimize Every Trial in 4 Steps
In 1 Peter 5:6-11 Apostle Peter shared 4 basic things to do in trials that will guarantee that the treasure God placed inside you will be revealed and bring you honor. In the time left I will touch on the four things briefly.
Number 1: First he said humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will lift you up or exalt you in due time. This simply means that it is God that is going to lift you up and honor you in this trial and not yourself.
Typically when people face a challenge in life the natural thing to do is to start finding solution to the problem. They search for solution in every other place except from God. Even when they go to God, they ask God to do what they want or what they think is the best way out of the problem. Unfortunately God’s ways and thoughts are usually different from our ways and thoughts in that situation.
The first thing you need to do when you face a challenge is to go inside your closet, get on your knees and ask God what His thoughts are and what He wants you to do in that situation. That is humility in the sight of God. If you react any other way it is pride.
All your expectation for deliverance should be on God and not on any other person. Choose to stick with God’s way. That is what it means to humble yourself under God’s mighty hand. When you do that, God will exalt you in the sight of all in due time. This does not mean that the trial came from God. The trial is from the devil but when you submit to God in humility, God takes the responsibility to deliver from the trial and honor you.
Number 2: Secondly, you need to cast all your worries and anxieties on God because He actually cares for you. It is important that that you get rid of worries and fears from your mind because you have submitted to God in humility and He cares for you. Sometimes it may seem like things are getting worse but instead of worrying take that worry to God and trust Him to handle it for you because He cares for you.
Nothing ever turns out bad when you genuinely trust in God. He always works everything out for your good so you can trust Him with all your anxieties and fears during the trying time.
Number 3: Thirdly you need to be sober, vigilant and watchful not to fall into the trap of the devil during the trial. The devil is the source of your troubles and he uses these though circumstances to weaken you so that he can strike you when you are distracted. Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray lest the fall into temptation.
During a trial you have to be very prayerful and pray accurately. However to be effective in prayer during this period, your prayer should be focused on asking God to open your eyes and ears that you may be able to see His will and be sensitive to the manipulations of the devil. Casting out the devil and praying against your enemies is not effective at all in this period. Also you need to pray a lot with the help of the help of the Holy Spirit.
Number 4: Fourth, you need to resist the devil and he will flee from you! You resist Him by standing firm in the Faith. Standing firm in the faith simply means standing firm on the promises and instructions of God. Faith is expressed by believing and speaking God’s words.
So whenever there is a temptation to give up, you need to rise against the devil with your mouth speaking God’s Word with boldness and acting in accordance with the word. When you do that the devil will flee from you. Your prayer should not only be for your deliverance but for the deliverance other people. Also, your intercession for other people shows love and selflessness and this pleases God.
As you continue these four things with perseverance and obeying the Word of God, in a short while God Himself will perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you. That means He will bring you to a place of glory by showing forth the treasure He has deposited in you. As you walk with God this way, you will always overcome any trial you face in your life!
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