You may feel like your situation is unique but you are not the only person who ever faced your pain!
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
There is always a way out!
Follow the fighters!
Nobody can take charge of your life unless you permit it!
5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Roll your problem onto the Lord.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Commit is GALAL in Hebrew - it means "to roll"
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Huperecho (greek) - to hold, to have above, to be superior to, to be better than.
Play all four quarters of the game.
"... the triumphing of the wicked is short."
"What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open."
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.1 And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
Summer at COTM | Kicked in the Guts
What do you do when you get kicked in the guts? Check out this encouraging and practical message from our Founding Pastor, Willie George, about what to do when you face trials in life.