Holding on to Faith in Difficult Times

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Holding on to Faith in Difficult Times

Holding on to Faith in Difficult Times

1.Make time each day to talk to Jesus.

By spending quiet time each day talking to Jesus, you’ll build a relationship with him and you’ll learn to start hearing or feeling his guidance in your life. For instance, you may feel led to make certain decisions, or you may simply feel a comforting peace as you meditate on a Bible passage. The closer you feel to God, the easier it will be to have faith in Him when times get hard.

During your quiet time, you can read devotionals, study your Bible, pray, write in a journal, or whatever else makes you feel close to Jesus. Some people worship while they’re gardening, driving, cooking, or singing, so find what feels most natural and authentic to you.

When you’re praying, praise Jesus for his goodness, and ask him to strengthen your faith. Then, pay attention to how he reveals himself to you in your daily life.

2.Study Bible passages that deal with people going through hardships.

The Bible is full of stories that tell of faithful believers being tested in really difficult times. These stories can help you feel connected to a long line of believers who have had to struggle through heartache, illness, and loss, yet still managed to hold on to their faith in the goodness of God.

Early Christians were often arrested and even killed after Jesus’ death. Some of the books of the New Testament, like Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Hebrews, are letters written during that time. They show that these believers were afraid, yet still gathered together to share and grow their faith.

The apostle Paul was tormented by an unknown affliction, as described in 2 Corinthians. While his specific struggle is never named, he refers to it as a “thorn in his flesh,” and his humility and faith are examples of strength that still resonate today.

Jesus himself was betrayed by one of his closest friends, and the night before he was killed, he stayed up all night praying. His steadfast faith and determination to fulfill his destiny, described in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, can be a powerful inspiration if you’re facing a difficult task.

3.Turn to Jesus for your strength in hard times (but also in good times).

As you’re praying and reading Biblical passages, ask Jesus to give you the strength to endure whatever you’re going through, whether it be depression, illness, difficult family relationships, or heartbreaking loss. No matter what it is, if you ask Jesus to give you peace and help relieve your anxiety, he will comfort you. However, don’t only go to God when there is a problem, go to God regularly even if it is just to thank him for what he has done for you. [14]

This doesn’t mean that Jesus will suddenly solve all your problems, or that you’ll never worry about anything again. However, his strength can help make it easier to cope with your troubles.

1 Peter 5:7 says: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

4.Ask Jesus to show you the lessons in your hardships.

No matter what you’re going through, pray that Jesus will reveal what you can learn from the experience. If you spend time reflecting, reading your Bible, and praying, eventually you will gain wisdom from every difficult time you go through.

For example, if you’re struggling with grief over the loss of a loved one, you might realize how important it is to spend time with the people who matter the most to you while you still have them. This isn’t going to take away your pain, but it can help you become closer to the people in your life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

5.Spend time with other people who share your faith.

Finding another group of believers can help strengthen your faith and give you a community to rely on when times are hard. You can learn from the wisdom of your fellow believers, and you can also share your own experiences to help others.

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