Navigating Through Difficult Times by Living Out Your Faith
Living out your faith is easier said than done. When you face anger, grief, or depression, keeping your belief in God alive can be painful. But here are some methods you can overcome challenges through faith.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15
Praying is one of the most fundamental acts you can perform during difficult times. But make sure to pray according to God’s will. That means asking according to what the Bible teaches: love, faith, and strength.
Aim for Truth
Living out your truth is easy if you adhere to the Word of God. No matter the degree to which the times change, the Word remains unchanging and ultimately true.
The Bible is a reminder of how God fulfills His promises. It contains stories about different people and how God helped them navigate through difficulties in the past. Let it make you surrender every ounce of hopelessness.
Start reading the Bible today. One to five verses daily can move your life. Continue clinging to its truth no matter your circumstances.
Be responsible for your difficulties, especially if your wrong or faithless decisions led you to this experience. For instance, you might seek God’s help after finding out you’re sick. Along with trusting God and His word comes re-evaluating your exercise, eating, and sleeping habits.
You can also be responsible by asking yourself, what am I doing that has been hindering me from overcoming difficulties? Am I savoring the wrong things? Am I yearning for worldly desires over God’s love?
Thank Him for the Blessings
“Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:20
Thanking God can come in different forms. You can do gratitude journaling on pen and paper, sing your heart out, or meditate. Remember that there is always something to be thankful for despite your difficult experiences because God never abandons you. Try making a list of the things you’re grateful for. Perhaps it will encourage you to see the good in the bad.
Confess Your Doubt
We’re all humans. No matter how much we allow God to remind us of His promises, we often lose hope and cling to negativity. This thought can be shameful, especially when you’re doing your best to improve your faith. However, you should acknowledge your shortcoming and ask for His help to continue trusting Him.
Quiet Your Life
Quieting your life can result in your discovery of new sources of joy. As humans, we often believe that pain is more straightforward to spot than blessings. But everything will be clear to you if you start developing inner peace.
Spend more time recognizing the little things that allow you to cope with your difficulties. Then, you will realize how efficiently God works in your life. You will see that He is present in your day-to-day activities, although His grace is not obnoxious and loud.
Letting go to grow means opening ourselves to God and surrendering our pain and anger to Him. Trusting God and holding on to your problems are mutually exclusive and cannot coexist.
Surrendering your problems to God does not make you a burden to Him. In fact, He will appreciate this act. Imagine wrapping your issues in a gift box and handing it over to Him. It will put a big smile on Jesus’ face, and He will restore your life in the way you deserve.
Share Everything With Your Church Community
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20
You are never alone in your problems. The Lord is present through the church or His people. Don’t be afraid to share your concerns with people who can relate. You can encourage and share each other’s truth. Learn how to connect with your community, share your life story, and enhance each other’s faith.