Jul
03

Things to Remember When Hard Times Come

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Things to Remember When Hard Times Come

by Eddie Lawrence

Introduction: The group of men that I have been meeting with the past five years early each Tuesday morning helped me come up with the following list of things we all need to remember when we are going through hard times. The list is not complete, you could add many more things of importance, but it does contain a lot of really good encouragements. I hope it will prove helpful to you as you develop it and add appropriate scriptures and illustrations.

 

1. Remember to help others in their hard times.

– It is often in giving away what you need that you position yourself to receive it yourself. Selfless acts of love always carry a note of victory that strike at discouragement.

2. Remember to rehearse the testimonies of god’s faithfulness in previous situations you have gone through.

– When you celebrate a past victory it cultivates your faith and fills the atmosphere with the truth that can birth a new testimony in your current situation.

3. Remember that when you are suffering in the temporal realm think on the truth of the eternal realm.

– What you are going through is not all there is. The light afflictions of your present difficulty is not worthy to be compared to the glory that will come.

4. Remember that God is with you and that he is always enough.

– He has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. He has promised to supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

5. Remember that we are stronger together than we are apart.

– The enemy wants to separate you from your sources of encouragement.

– One can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten thousand to flight.

– When two agree in prayer it shall be done.

– There is a glory of God on unity of believers.

6. Remember to call upon the Lord.



– Jeremiah 33:3 is a potent promise for hard times. Call upon the Lord and watch the great and mighty things He will do. This was given Jeremiah when God’s people were in really hard times.

7. Remember that God has not forgotten you.



– Hebrews 13:4-6 gives us some great truth and encourages us to remember He is with you whether you think He is or not.

8. Remember that grace is available to you.

– Paul who went through tough times tells us that he discovered the sufficiency of God’s grace. 

-Always remember that your Heavenly Father is a grace giver. Remember that Jesus came full of grace and truth. God’s grace is God’s power and desire given to you to do God’s will!

– Think of grace as Holy Spirit given fuel for your tank and request God to “fill it up!”

9. Remember that you will need faith to receive all that you can.

– Faith pleases God. Heb. 11:6

– This is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith.

10. Remember to keep your whole heart God centered as much as possible.



– When you seek Him with your whole heart, you will begin to discover more of Him and what He is doing.

11. Remember to rejoice in your future and keep hope alive.

– Regardless of your present circumstance, your future is secure in Christ. The best is yet to come. Your hope is an anchor for your soul. Keep hope alive by focusing on Jesus and his victorious redemption. You win because He overcame death and broke all sin’s penalty off you.

12. Remember to hold fast and do not waver.

– I love Galatians 6:9 which promises us that we cannot fail if we do not quit. Abraham obtained the promise by patience endurance. He did not stagger in unbelief before the promise of God. He clung to it in faith.

13. Remember that God listens to you and a good friend will too.

– Pour your heart out to God. Pour your heart out to a trustworthy and biblically anchored friend. This often allows us to regain proper perspective.

14. Remember to overcome the temptation to become bitter and commit to the process of becoming better.

– Every adverse circumstance provides us these two paths: bitter or better – your choice.

15. Remember to praise God for the small answers to prayer in order to see more and more breakthrough.

– Sometimes when we are going through a big problem, we fail to see the little blessings that are still present. We are called to give thanks at all times IN all things and by so doing we keep our heart tenderized by the Lord’s goodness and kindness and free from resentment.

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