“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” – Isaiah 43:2. Storms or challenges are real to life. Kenneth E Hagin said you can only escape them when you die. The question is not when will challenges stop in your life but what do you do in the midst of a storm? This post gives what to do in such situations.
Taking a case study of the patriarch Abraham (Romans 4:17-22), who didn’t have a child for many years; we can learn what to do when faced with any challenge:
1. Believe in hope
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion – Ecclesiastes 9:4. You must have hope that joy will surely come in the morning. A hopeless person sees no future or better tomorrow. Hope is simply a choice to take action – Anna Lappe. Make that choice NOW.
2. Have faith
Have faith in you and in your maker (God) that you will overcome the storm (John 14:1). Faith enables you to see what to do next in the midst of a storm. You must believe that God will do what He said He would do (Isaiah 46:11). The scriptures tell you what God will do in any situation for you.
3. Don’t focus on the storm
You are to focus on the solution and not the challenge. When Peter stopped looking at Jesus (his solution to walking on water) and looked at the storm, he started sinking (Matthew 14:28-30). Focusing on the challenge magnifies it the more but when you focus on the solution in the midst of a storm, the challenge eventually disappears.
An important aspect of what to do when faced with a challenge is to be thankful. There is always the temptation to forget what is working and focus on what is not working. A thankful and praise-full heart will always overcome challenges faster. When you thank God for what are working around you, you build up your faith in God for Him to solve the challenge. Also a heart of gratitude provokes God’s intervention and perfection (Luke 17:15-19)
5. Hold on and be patient
“For you have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” – Hebrews 10:36 (KJV). You need to hold on to your faith and patiently walk into your answer. Don’t stagger with unbelief. Furthermore, you need to be fully persuaded that God will certainly calm the storm and give you victory as He had said.
Now, Abraham received his son Isaac 25years after the promise was made. He acted on the above what to do steps and eventually received his heart desire. What I love about Abraham’s victory is that he lived long enough to enjoy his victory. He lived to see Isaac married at least. Furthermore, his victory is still speaking today; many people are receiving their victories too by holding unto Abraham’s testimony.
Challenges truly are inevitable. This is not to scare you but to make you prepare to face and overcome them. The good news is that God knows you can handle it, that’s why He allowed it in your life in the first place (1 Corinthians 10:13). Therefore, wipe your tears in the midst of the storm, brace up, act on the above steps and walk into your victory today.
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