By His Grace

Trusting God During Stress & Trials

Posted on: January 23, 2013

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Are you in a situation or dealing with the consequences from a bad choice you made? Do you feel overwhelmed with worry and your day to day life is filled with anxiety? Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34,

“So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” (AMP)

It’s one thing to be worried about a circumstance that you have no way of changing. You’re at your wits end about something and you know you have no power to change your circumstances so you just have to roll with it and trust God to help you through it. But what about having to deal with negative consequences due to a bad decision you made?

Many people will tell you, “Well, you did this to yourself. You only have yourself to blame.” While that being true, it certainly only adds guilt on top of dread and worry. Of course we have to take responsibility for any bad choices we make, especially when dealing with an addiction. The healing process for an addict who wants to become clean and sober starts with acknowledgement that there is a problem but also taking responsibility for all the bad decisions and actions that were made in the midst of active addiction. Admitting responsibility is also vital to the healing process of guilt and condemnation.

So how do we trust God even though we know there are inevitable consequences in our near future?

  • We must repent and genuinely ask forgiveness for those sins. God doesn’t raise His hands in the air with frustration and say, “I can’t believe she did this again. Well this time I’m not forgiving her.” He will forgive us over and over again. We must believe that God has forgiven us before we can move on.
  • We must praise God in the midst of trials. Even though we may not “feel” like doing this, the Bible tells us we are to do it. By praising Him through a difficult circumstance, it will bring a feeling of peace.
  • We must thank God for all our circumstances. You’re probably asking, “How can I thank Him for something that is so awful in my life?”. First of all remember that God will bring good out of any situation (Romans 8:28).

rainbow roseGod will make all things good to those who love Him. He is able to turn any situation around for good. These forms of good can be anything from strengthening you and making you more resilient from that particular sin. He may put someone in your path that is going through a similar situation and you will be a great testimony of showing them how to go through it. It will show others your strength and faithfulness to God no matter what is going on in your life.

As a father loves his child, so does the Heavenly Father love you! Although God may be allowing you to go through a negative situation, He still loves you and His love for you will never change. God won’t love you any more than what He loves you right now and it is an uncomprehendable, amazing love He give us. He knows your pain and sees your tears (II Kings 20:5). Our heavenly Father even keeps track of our sorrows and tears,

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

I myself, am going through a trial right now. Unfortunately it is because of a poor decision I made back in August and I am suffering the consequences of that decision still but more so now. I have struggled tremendously, mentally and emotionally, because of what I did. Phil 413Satan has been trying to get to me while I am feeling down.  But I’m saying close to Christ. (Phil 4:13). Satan, you are not going to win anymore!

Just the other day I was having a bad day and I literally cried for 3 days. During those 3 days, instead of working myself into a panic attack, I prayed fervently and read my Bible. I was determined to find peace and joy. By the end of the 3rd day, I found the peace I was seeking and acceptance of the fact that God is going to be there and walk me through this. He told me there is an end to it and it won’t go on forever. He also told me, “Sometimes Michele I have to allow a devastating event to happen in your life in order to get through that thick skull of yours.” Lesson learned my Father! So I went to work on the 4th day and I had a customer tell me I look different. She proceeded to ask me if I had a new boyfriend or something because I had a “glow” about me. No I don’t have a new boyfriend. But I can tell you what was making me have that glow….it is Jesus Christ living in me and also because I just went through a 3 day cleansing of the soul which gave me renewed strength and peace.

I think it is easier to get through trials and tribulations if we look at them with a different perspective.  For example, what if the trials in our life are actually blessings of mercy and grace in disguise?(there is a lovely song, “Blessings” written by Laura Story that talks about this). Sometimes God will calm the storm, but if He doesn’t He will comfort your soul as you go through the storm. I think II Corinthians 12:9 says it best,

“Be He said to me, My grace is enough for you {sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully}; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in your weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ may rest upon me.”

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8 Responses to "Trusting God During Stress & Trials"

Beautiful post Michelle
God Bless your journey!

Oh thank you so much! God bless you too my sister. 🙂

thank you for this great post Michele.,i am going through a great trial myself and its hard but i know that God has given me the Grace to bare through it and that he will never leave me or forsake me ,I beleive he is using this to get me to where he wants me as i am not doing all that i once did for the Lord this post has helped me more that you know with the wonderful truths you have reminded me of in Gods gracious word ,I beleive you were meant to comment on my post that God would lead me this morning to read yours thank you sister and God bless you.

It’s very heartfelt to hear that my post helped you in some way! Thanks for stopping by and I wish you the best whatever it is you’re going through. Let’s not let Satan prevail in this matter. We can go through this with Christ. Many blessings to you and hope to hear back from you sometime soon. 🙂

Hi Michael, this rather long comment is not in agreement with the wrong you have done but I do understand your conflict and the pain you suffered. Very little is taught today in how to overcome sin in our lives, instead it is excused or ignored, this leads to all types of bondage. But it is very True as you shared , God will never stop Loving us, He is Love but we hurt Him by the wrong we do, this is why we must put our flesh to death so we do not sin, if it was not possible God would not ask us to do it. Jesus tells us He has set us free from the slavery of sin, which means when we choose to do what is right God empowers us to do it and so our flesh is put to death.

If God did not allow us to experience the wrong we do then we would not confess and deal with it through The Holy Spirit, this is His discipline and chastisement, not much fun for sure. He does not deliberately hurt us ( see below) we hurt ourselves and Him and also others but He never over rides our free will or forces us to obey Him, like the Father of the Prodigal son didn’t. He lets us go our own way and we reap what we sow until we come to our senses ( Jeremiah 2:19 )

Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

He will intervene if needed as He did with me when my sin almost lead me to Suicide, He rescued me knowing I would have heart repentance which means to turn from evil and do good by The Spirits empowering and He knew that I would seek to be perfected in Love, putting my flesh to death ( Colossians 3:4-6 ) and being Born again of His seed ( 1John 1:3 ) and so He healed me also of two life threatening conditions, He never gives up on us but sadly many give up on Him because they continue to sin and die Spiritually but He knows when we are His and we will not perish which is eternal Separation from Him.

Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Christian Love Always – Anne

Thank you anne. Beautiful post. God bless!

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. I know that I do not know what the trial is you are going through but I could relate to this, I had been going through a bit of a trying time in my life recently but about a week and a half ago I had this same sort of renewing you are talking about. God showed me a lot during that time and I have had peace every since. It is amazing how his peace will come in, we just have know his promises and trust he always keeps them. Almost every verse you used are the same ones that seem to always give me comfort. Also what you said about giving thanks in all circumstance, every day I try to write down at least 5 blessings I had that day, even on my worst days there are always way more than 5 things to thank him for. I also love that Laura Story song, that is so true. I am sorry to keep rambling on and on but I really loved this post and can relate to it thanks for sharing. I will pray for you, God bless you.

You weren’t rambling and I appreciate your comments very much. It touches my heart to know that you went through a trial recently and found peace in the midst of it. Thank you for sharing that! Also, I want to try what you are doing the “5 blessings a day” and write them down each day. That sounds like a great way to keep our minds having an eternal perspective in our daily life. Thanks again and many blessings to you!

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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