Hello friends, hope you are well. There is a lot going on in recent times on all levels and it is a time to be more spiritually vigilant than ever and be pro-active in the way we do things too. Perhaps in your own life you are facing a personal battle you can’t seem to wrap your mind around; in your life assignment, health, academic or financial stand etc, you may not be where you want to be. Don’t lose heart. Perhaps in your community and nation– as in recent times– there may be all sorts of pandemonium brewing. But….
….The Good News is Jesus reminds us in John 16:33 that “I have told you these things, so that in me (Christ) you may have PEACE. In this world you will have trouble. BUT take heart! I have overcome the world!”
Jesus promises us PEACE before he goes on to warn of the TROUBLE in this world.The fact that Jesus promises peace before warning of trouble is good news for you and me because it means that the trouble is not so much the issue (because it’s going to come anyway lol) but rather, the way in which we navigate the “trouble” in order to walk in the peace he promised, is what is crucial to appropriating our victory!
There is a way to navigate life and circumstances wisely….
Navigating the same “troubles of life” (e.g. seemingly-impossible tasks & situations) with divine, spirit-led strategy and wisdom is the secret of thriving, excellence and rest! We can be at a level in the Lord where we can have the same circumstances everyone experiences, and yet STILL navigate it successfully and victoriously because we get peace and are still fruitful!
It is not the load that breaks you. It is not the stress that breaks you. It is not your financially-low state that breaks you. It is not the ramifications of your single or married disposition that breaks you. It is not the attack of the enemy on your life that breaks you. It is not the low grades you get thats breaks you. It is not the small outcomes of your efforts, poor attendance at your programs that breaks you. It is not the unexplainable commotion in your family that breaks you.Rather, It is the way (the HOW) you maneuver these same circumstance, your disposition towards it and the strategy you use to make it through successfully! And mind you, I am not exempt to the “troubles” of the world. O no! I face them daily my friends! But we still make it victoriously because there is a “more excellent way” even through the valley! How do we navigate this course of life? It is paramount for you to be spiritually and physically whole as you navigate life. Don’t put your life on hold just to get through life because the circumstances of life are not going on vacation. Instead, navigate your way strategically and victoriously through it!
- Be emotionally intelligent (Prov 4:23)
- Be financially wise (Prov. 21: 17), Prov 22:7, Luke 14: 28-30, Proverb 24:27)
- Be spiritually alert and vigilant ( 1 Peter 5:8-9)
- Be unapologetically fearless ( 2 Timothy 1:7)
- Be mentally sound (Colossians 3:2)
- Be wise and leverage your efforts ( Prov 29:18, Proverbs 16:3,Jeremiah 1:5)
- Be subject to wise counsel( Proverbs 12:5, Proverbs 13:10, 1 John 4:1, Rev 3:19, 1 Sam 25:1-44)
- Be humble enough to ask for good help (Psalm 121:2, John 14:26, Prov. 18:24, 2 Chronicles 10:6)
As for prayer, it is navigation strategy by default because of 1 Thess 5:17.
I really felt a strong inclination to dig up these scriptures and write this message and I hope you can take time to meditate on these scriptures because they are loaded with life and wisdom which will equip you to navigate this same ” valley of life” that all walk through. Even now, in Christ you will find peace so don’t lose heart!