“A Christian In Crisis”

Posted: August 29, 2017 in Christian Life, Compassion, Daniel, Stress

“There is perhaps no more potent power on earth than a [believer] in the midst of crisis. Both [King] Nebuchadnezzar [of Babylon] and [King] Darius [of Medo-Persia – modern day Iran] gave public praise to Daniel’s God [Jehovah] when they saw Daniel’s stability in the midst of adversity (Daniel 4:37; 6:25-27).

Glorifying God. If you’re a Christian, do you want to bring glory and honor to God like Daniel did? The key is your reaction to situations where it’s tough to be a Christian! Consider the promotion you deserved (but didn’t get), the speeding ticked you got (but didn’t deserve), the time you did what was right (but it turned out all wrong) – those are the occasions when your faith is in the “fishbowl.” What are others learning about your God from your life? – Adapted from Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru The Bible, p. 278

The Apostle Paul. He wrote, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). He also wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Was he familiar with suffering? He certainly was. Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. [That is 195 times.]  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;   in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;   in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—  besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches”  (2 Corinthians 11:23-28 NKJV).  Why did he do all this?  “…I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory (2 Timothy 2:10 NKJV).

The Lord Jesus Christ. His sufferings were predicted by the Prophet Isaiah long before Jesus the Christ (Messiah) came down from heaven to this earth to live a sinless life and then die for our sins and then be raised from the dead so that we could be saved. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:4-7). Christians have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15, 16).

Temptations/Trials. “No temptation has overtaken [a Christian] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).  The Lord’s half brother, James wrote – “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing…Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:2-4, 12).

Came To Pass. The trials that Christians experience in this life came to pass. Contrary to what one “Preacher” says, our best life is yet to come. The unsaved person’s best life is right now. Without Christ as their personal Savior, their future is bleak (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). Why not let them know that the Lord Jesus Christ died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Invite them to believe on Him alone (Ephesians 2:8 9) and be saved. Doing this could earn for you the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

Promise. “God hath not promised skies always blue, / Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; / God hath not promised sun without rain, / Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. / But God hath promised strength for the day, / Rest for the labor, light for the way, / Grace for the trials, help from above, / Unfailing kindness, undying love.” Author: Annie Johnson Flint

Help. If you’re struggling under a load that seems unbearable, cast your cares and concerns on the Lord because He cares for you. Beware of Satan’s devices and attempts to crush you with disappointment, discouragement, and doubt or by some other means (1 Peter 5:7, 8). As Christians, we can/should bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; See also John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17).

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