Tribulation! A word that implies situations that none of us really want to face. This word causes us to think of persecution, martyrs who sacrificed their lives, and intense spiritual warfare. We may understand the concept of glorying in tribulation, but certainly do not want to relate to it, embrace it, or even think about it. But Paul actually was referring to practical situations, not just life-and-death experiences. The word here translated “tribulation” means “pressure.”
We can hardly imagine a more hopeless situation. First, their homeland was devastated by a famine so severe that Naomi and her entire family were compelled to move. Where did they go? To Moab, a country that had been Israel’s enemy. Then, her husband and both of her sons died.
She was left as an outsider in a foreign land, without a husband or sons in a society in which men provided the food, clothes, protection, and shelter. She easily could have given up. But Naomi pressed on, taking one step at a time.
Joshua did not know why his people had been defeated in battle.
But, looking at the circumstances, he decided that God had abandoned them.
His words are the words of a defeated man. A man who felt that all hope was lost. A man who was depressed and discouraged.
As the people of Israel faced the tiny town of Ai, they were brimming with confidence. Having just defeated the mighty fortress at Jericho, they felt invincible.
They may well have felt that they were trusting in God throughout this process.
But, there is no record that they consulted God or sought His direction.
In a world that is losing all hope what an awesome thing to know that the hope of the nations is our God.
As the headlines seem to get worse each week, now more than ever we must keep our eyes on the Lord. I believe that we have not seen anything yet.
The Bible says that there will come a day when everything that can be shaken will be shaken so that only that which cannot will remain. The only way for us to stand during this shaking is to remain steadfast and rooted in the Lord.
Before Jesus started His ministry here on earth He had a wilderness experience.
After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Spirit of God came upon Him. This was the beginning of His ministry.
Before He performed any miracles He went to be alone and prepare Himself through prayer and fasting.
We live in a busy world where we’ve grown accustomed to having things done fast. From fast food to the internet at our fingertips, we aren’t a very patient generation.
We all live busy lives and most of us can’t just sit still without doing anything. We have to be watching TV, playing video games or talking to someone on the phone.
God has given you a powerful weapon, strong enough to pierce through the enemy’s territory and destroy the stronghold he tries to place on your life. That weapon is prayer.
Paul was trying to tell the church that we are human and we are living in a real world with real temptations and hard times. But as Christians we need to look through our spiritual eyes.
We live in two worlds: a natural world and a spiritual world. They’re both happening around us at the same time.
The bible teaches us that what we say can actually determine whether or not we live in victory or defeat. You might be asking yourself – how can what I say really have any impact on my life. Well, let’s look at the word of God and see what it has to say.