Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Facing Obstacles with Faith
Have you ever been so discouraged that you wanted to die?
That’s how the Israelites felt as they were poised to enter the Promised Land. They said, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!” (Numbers 14:2 NLT).
These people had lost perspective. They were allowing their fear to overwhelm them.
But Caleb and Joshua told the people, “Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them” (Numbers 14:9 NKJV).
God doesn’t want us to run from our giants. He wants us to attack them. For example, let’s take the giant of addiction. Let’s say you have a problem with drugs or a problem with drinking. Recognize you have a problem. Bring it into the open, into the light of day. Make yourself accountable to someone and realize that you cannot do this in your own strength.
Call on God and pray for His power. But don’t just face your giants; defeat them. Don’t leave any backup plan to go back and do that thing again. Deal with your giants. Don’t let them conquer you.
Faith and worry cannot coexist because when faith walks in, worry walks out. And when worry steps in, faith walks out. They don’t get along. In fact, they cancel each other out.
Someone has wisely pointed out that when you trust, you don’t worry, and when you worry, you don’t trust. So we want faith in our lives, not worry.
Every Christian will face difficulty. The Christian life is not a cakewalk; it’s a conflict. The Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battleground. So let’s face the obstacles that are before us with great faith.
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