WHAT SHOULD THE RIGHTEOUS DO IN THE FACE OF AFFLICTIONS
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: But the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 KJV
(Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 4:17)
The Bible teaches that believers have been called unto a life of victory and the basis for this victory in the kingdom is the finished work of Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
However, the Bible is not silent to the fact that in life, the believer can experience moments of afflictions, loss, pain, or challenges (Psalm 20:5).
Five Biblical Keys for the Believer to Live Victoriously in the Face of Affliction:
1. LOOK UNTO JESUS (Psalm 127:1-2, Romans 9:16, Psalm 62:11, Psalm 112:1-9).
This means to entirely depend and rely on God, even in seasons you do not understand.
Trusting God’s plan and His ways brings life and dominion. Although God’s ways may not always make sense, they hold the key to life.
2. COMMIT TO PRAYER (James 5:13, I Thessalonians 5:17)
Prayer is a necessary obligation. It may not be easy to pray, but when you pray, strength is supplied to you.
3. MEDITATE UPON AND SPEAK GOD’S WORD OVER THE SITUATION. (Joel 3:10, Isaiah 3:10, Psalm 107:2, Ezekiel 37:7)
Though you may shed tears, seek solace in the Word of God, which declares “it is finished.” Rest assured that you will emerge victorious from your trials.
Do not say what the situation is. Say what the word of the Lord says.
Repeating God’s word (confession) is not just for emphasis but for creation. Situations respond to God’s word.
4. SEEK COMFORT, PRAYER AND HELP FROM GODLY FRIENDS AND THE FAMILY OF BELIEVERS. (Acts 4:21-24. 1 Thess 5:25, Phil 1:19, Ecc 4:10-12)
Living an isolated Christian life will not profit you in the day of adversity.
It is important to continually sow seeds of love, kindness, service, commitment and care among fellow believers to foster love and unity. (Galatians 6:10).
The absence of the comfort gotten from like-minded individuals (believers and loved ones) during tough times can lead to a life of depression.
5. ENGAGE THE PROPHETIC (Hosea 12:13, Job 42:10)
The Prophetic and Apostolic ministry have a mandate to turn lives and situations around.
Pray: Lord, I understand that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but I bank on Your capability to deliver me!
I lay down my challenges before You this moment, deliver me, in the name of Jesus!
Source – Koinonia with Apostle Joshua Selman.