Finding fate in difficult times

16th April 2018
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By Yvonne Mooka -


We all face adverse events and situations in life. You might be going through a season of hardships in your life at this time. This could be job loss, finances, sickness, loss of a loved one, or even divorce. But whatever the challenge is, you can have the determination to see things through as you find your strength in God. Your life might be hard but God is good. In fact, you can move from feeling like a victim of your circumstances to find purpose through your faith. I have found the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 8: 35, 37 to be very encouraging in times of adversity: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Allow these verses to resonate in your heart, and know that no matter how bad the situation you are facing is, you can experience God’s love, and nothing can separate you from it. You have reason to shout even in your dark place, for you have the love of God, and his Word that all things are possible with him.Consider too, that you do not have to limp through this difficult time, but you can have the attitude of a victor. In fact, the Apostle Paul says you are ‘more than conqueror.’ Why is this so? Because Jesus Christ won the victory already on your behalf, and all you need to do now is to accept it by faith. In this time of adversity, also open your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to show how you might have been missing God’s perfect will for your life.

The place to start in this journey of self-examination and growth is your heart. The wise King Solomon instructs, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23). The verse implies that everything starts with your heart, and as such you need to pay careful attention to what is in it. Your life will go in the direction that you heart is set. After a time of careful reflections, confess areas of your life where you are off tract, tell God you want him to guide your life from today. You want to move forward with a heart that is open to change, and responsive to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.

Again, change will come in you and in your life as you meditate on God’s Word. “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8, NIV). Believe what God says about you in His word. In addition, count it all joy when you face challenges. God says you will receive the crown of life if you preserve. (James 1:1-8). Life is hard, but God is good! Facebook/Instagram: Yvonne Tshepang Mooka Twitter: @yvonnemooka Email: yvonnequeen2003@gmail.com




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