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Vantage Point: You Can Win!

By Ken Horn
July 24, 2011

Everyone faces trials. You may be facing one right now. It may pass quickly; it may not. In either case, God has what you need to triumph.

Our annual Surviving Tragedy issue is always one of our most popular and inspirational. We tell the stories of those who have been through the valley and found deliverance or needed strength, along with “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV).

Circumstances do not determine your victory in Jesus. The individuals we have profiled over the years prove the truth of this powerful verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

If there is an element of spiritual warfare in your trial, you have another great truth to cling to: “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4, KJV). God has all the strength you need to fight — and win — no matter how deadly the assault.

Here are some tried-and-true responses to trials you can apply from God’s Word:

1. Trust in God. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

2. Practice God’s presence. “Walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16) and “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

3. Experience God’s joy.  Even in the deepest valleys, “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

4. Go to church. Worshipping with the body of Christ is necessary for your spiritual health (Hebrews 10:25).

5. Think godly thoughts. You’ve been given “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). Use it for good, healthy, godly thoughts (Philippians 4:8).

6. Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). It helps to get your mind off self and onto the needs of others. “The Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends” (Job 42:10). And you gain confidence that others are strengthening you in your time of need.

In the stories that follow, look for these and other biblical principles that helped the individuals we have profiled come through to victory. And realize that you can make it too!

Ken Horn
Editor

 

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