Christianity

Do You See Your Challenges As Too Enormous To Handle?


Every one of us will face challenges we think are too enormous to handle from time to time. But that mindset is a recipe for disaster. As children of God and followers of Jesus Christ, in particular, we must remain forever bold and confident that with God on our side, all thing is possible.

For example, let’s focus on a young scranny Sheperd boy named David. Although he was too young to join King Saul’s army, he was bolder and more confident than the entire military. The army saw the Philistine Goliath as an enormous giant that no one could defeat. But David thought otherwise.

The Bible says, “And all the men of Israel when they saw Goliath, they fled from him and were dreadfully afraid, (1 Samuel 17:24). But David did not see Goliath as an enormous giant. Instead, he saw him as a lion or a bear because David had encountered lions and bears while watching over his father’s sheep. And David was confident he could destroy Goliath. But King Saul didn’t think so.

“Now, when the people heard David’s words, they reported them to Saul, and he sent for David. Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of Goliath; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:31-32).

“And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth.”

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear, and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them. Who does he think he is defing the armies of the living God.” Moreover, David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”(1 Samuel 17:33-37).

In the end, David slew Goliath and proved to the people that everything is possible with God on their side.

Too Good To Not Believe


Jesus Sends Out the Twelve (Matthew 10:1-8)

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Where does Faith come from?


How can Faith be increased?

The Word say, “Faith comes by hearing , and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Since this is true, Faith increased as believers filled their lives with the Word. Hence, believers have so little Faith to exercise because of the lack of the Word of God filling their lives. So, the more Christians exercise themselves in Scripture; the more their Faith will grow.

There is one disclaimer to this rule, some believers make it a ritual to read the Bible, some even memorize it, but their Faith doesn’t seem to grow. Does this nullify the truth that the Word of God brings Faith? No. The Bible says, “it is not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). 

It also adds, “It is the spirit that quickened; the flesh profited nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63)

Exercising oneself in the Scripture without the illumination of the Spirit is less effective or, like the Bible say, ineffective to increase Faith. 

Does God Test Those He Chose To Lead?


Of course, God tests His chosen! There is a mountain of Biblical evidence that God often uses hardship to try His chosen ones. Moreover, quite often, those tests resemble the trials and tribulation the devil place upon us.

So, aside from the hardships that come naturally on your Christian journey, there are also more than a few tricky situations that God uses to test your commitment and resiliency. Therefore, as you navigate this narrow path, it is of paramount importance that you understand that not every trial you face is designed to destroy you. The Bible says, ..” the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:6).

For example, Job 1: 1-3 states, “There once was a man named Job, who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.”

Still yet, God allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him. And in a short period, Job lost all his livestock. Then a desert wind blows down his house, killing all of his ten children. And when Job did not falter, Satan doubled down and afflicted him with painful sores all over his body. Unable to help her husband, Job’s wife urges him to curse God and die. However, Job stays true to his commitment to God.

And in the end, “the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before” ( Job 42:10)…So he lived for another 140 years.