Free from the Stronghold of Trouble
Written by Christian Author, Pola Muzyka
Trouble comes no matter who we are, what the economy is, or what we did. Christ prepared us for trouble. Trouble is a part of the world. It’s a part of our lives. A life lived trouble free may never learn compassion, love, wisdom, or true peace in difficult circumstances.
We are living in a fallen world and no matter what we do we can be sure that trouble will come our way some day. Trouble comes in the form of consequences, in the form of natural disasters, as a result of hateful people, differences of opinion, or for any number of reasons.
Trouble can help or hinder our emotional and spiritual development. When trouble comes the best we can do is seek wisdom and rest in knowing that there is not a single thing that happens to us that will catch God by surprise. He is there through all the trials, through the pain, tribulation, and grief.
God can make a way where there seems to be no way. If we reject God and his way out, a stronghold of trouble can set into our lives permanently. If this happens diverse emotions take over. Emotions such as bitterness, hate, anger, resentment, anguish frustration, and many others can set in. With these emotions come other strongholds.
What does it take to free ourselves from the effects of trouble in our lives and live a life of peace?
5 Biblical tips to overcome trouble:
1. Run to God. A life lived without Christ is a life lived without preparation or shelter from the storms.
1 Peter 5:7 Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you.
John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
2. Get on your knees and ask God to deliver you from whatever trouble you face. Sincere daily morning prayer is a good start to your day. Family and friends prayer meetings can help.
Philippians 4:6 Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.
3. Believe, and have faith in, Christ. He has paid the price for our sins, and promises us peace in the midst of trouble.
John 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
Mark 5:36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
4. Trust in God’s Word [the Bible]. He fulfills what he promises. He never lies.
Hebrews 6:17-18 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath. 18This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].
5. Love God. Not the world or anything in the world. The more we love God and look to him for our hope and future, the less trouble we have and the less trouble annoys us.
1 Timothy 6:10-11 Certainly, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people who have set their hearts on getting rich have wandered away from the Christian faith and have caused themselves a lot of grief. 11But you, man of God, must avoid these things. Pursue what God approves of: a godly life, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”