"....we too are weak , just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with Him, and have God's power." -2 Corinthians 13:4
There are so many scriptures that talk about having power over the enemy and that the devil is already defeated, yet why is it that we've become so powerless when it comes to life's challenges? If the word is God's truth and He can't lie on what He said....then why do we always admit defeat before the battle begins? I say "we" because I'm certainly included in this thought provoking discussion. I think for some of us, we have a misconstrued idea of what life as a Christian should be like. The world seems to be moving into this "prosperity" message and we only like to quote things like, “Name it Claim it,” or the scripture, “Christ came that we might have life, and life more abundantly,” but we skip over the scriptures that deal with the challenges that come along with this Christian title.
"He adds by subtracting, He multiplies by dividing, and He makes us strongest when we're the weakest."
Now let me be clear in saying that whether you’re saved or unsaved….we WILL GO THROUGH CHALLENGES! But the beauty is, as Christians, we have a great life insurance (assurance) plan, with Christ no matter what arises in our lives we’re fully covered! I know trials and tribulations is not the favorite topic of discussion and it certainly shouldn't be the focus of our lives as Christians, because after all…Christ did come to give us a better way. But the truth is we need to be reminded that it’s actually good to be tested by God. Paul said it best in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “I take pleasure in my weakness, for in my weakness that is when I’m really the strongest. This just reminds me of the awesomeness of God. He adds by subtracting, He multiplies by dividing, and He makes us the strongest when we’re the weakest. That is the kind of God we serve.
"The best way to experience God is to witness Him at work in our lives."
One of my favorite scriptures to quote is, “God can do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever ask or think,” and for so long I always stopped there. But if we continue to read the rest of that scripture, it says, “according to the power that is at work within us.” A brand new car, a big house, and a great job are all wonderful blessings…but NOTHING can compare to the great work that God does within us. What good are all of those blessings if we don’t have the spiritual stamina to maintain them? The best way to experience God is to witness Him at work in our lives. So knowing all of this, knowing that we experience the full power of God as He transforms us, we now should realize why it is better to endure testing and trials. These trials allow us to experience the fullness and the abundant life that Christ came to give. It’s like in our relationships, whether with a boyfriend/girlfriend, friend or family member, you grow closer after having gone through something together. The same way goes for our relationship with Christ. We grow in our relationship through testing and trials…..but more importantly we really get a better understanding of who God really is. As we get to know Him better, we realize the power and the authority He really has and then in return we have over our situations through Him.
"If He allowed it, that means He already worked it out."
God was, He is, and He will be in control of everything that tries to come up against us. I once heard a preacher say, “In order for God to allow a situation to occur in our lives, He had to have already worked it out. Which means He walked all the way to the end of our problem to make sure it was resolved and then walked back to the beginning to now bring us through.” Now who wouldn't want to serve a God like that? There is absolutely nothing too hard for God. If He allowed it, that means He already worked it out. We are no longer powerless when it comes to our sins, tests and trials. The Bible is a spoiler in the sense that when we peek to the end, we realize after this long spiritual warfare………WE WIN!
*For more scriptures on this topic, check out the following scriptures: