Stand and still Stand

No one promises a life free of pain and suffering to those that believe in God, and if they do they are not preaching from a Biblical perspective. Sometimes it is so difficult to understand why bad things happen to good people. Why does God allow yucky things in our lives? The book of James talks a lot about trials, temptations and suffering and one of my favorite verses about that is James 5:8- “Be patient and stand firm”…
Life hands us knock down punches sometimes, often unexpected. I have been dealt some of those myself, for sure. But, what I have seen what God has revealed to me is that not expecting the knock down punches is what the Devil counts on. As Christians, we should be expecting these attacks and should call them what they are- the enemy’s pathetic attempts to distract us from seeing the God things going on in our lives. I Peter 5:8 says “be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour and then v 10 has the promise “and the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast”.
Without the element of surprise, trials and difficult situations lose thier power over us, to break us down and weaken our faith. So, stand strong. Be alert and don’t be surprised. If the enemy is attacking you or your life it is simply because your relationship with Christ is making him nervous. That is not a bad thing, dear ones- not at all. If you have been knocked down, let Jesus help you get back up and restore your hurt and bruised self to the strong woman of God you know you can be.

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