Man's level of strength will always be tested by certain challenges. The degree of divine strength a Christian is blessed with becomes known when he is able to face challenges and emerges a victor thereafter.
Challenges are not strange to Christians. They (challenges) are testers of strength. Notwithstanding your baptism, salvation, experience, commitment to kingdom service, challenges will come. They help Christians to update themselves in readiness for consistent relationship with God. Life is a battleground.
Its reality is that both things prayed for and things not prayed for will come. Christians should not be caught unawares. In John 16:33b, Jesus said "In the world ye shall have tribulation" (KJV). So challenges are inevitable and relevant to this physical world since the time of banishment of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Was it not after Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights that the devil went to tempt Him?
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Being spiritual is not immunity to the scourge of challenges. However, the degree of divine strength in Jesus was not too great for the devil to overcome, so should it be for every Christian. Challenges may come from time to time to test your strength but do not allow them to scare you away from your destiny.
Do you know that it takes your permission for the enemy to operate in your life? Nothing can kill a believer without first securing their consent. Would yoy consent to losing your life to the enemy? In Pro. 24:10, the Bible says "If you falter in time of trouble, how small is your strength!" (NIV)
WHY DO CHALLENGES COME? 1. Adversities can be God-permitted for a specific purpose: - Some accidents in life are not caused by sin. In fact, not every sufferer suffers because he or she committed a sin. It is not only sin anf disobedience alone that cause suffering. Job, for instance, did not do anything contrary to the Word of God when he passed through the anguish that befell him. Paul and Silas were not put in jail as a punishment for any known sin. It was for the glory of God. How incomprehensive this God is!
2. They (challenges) may come to draw Christians closer to God: - Challenges show the way to miracles. Some Christians will wave goodbye to God if they are too comfortable. God loves you and does not want to lose you. Hence, He (God) will bring men to His side by allowing challenges tl charge them up and thereby draw them closer to Himself.
3. Challenges pave way for Promotion: - God will never permit challenges that His people are not able to handle. In fact, the challenges that Christians face come because they have solutions to them which, in turn, brings promotion. In I Cor. 10:13, the Bible says " No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it." (NIV) God wants you to stand up from that position of helplessness. Until He helps you, you are hopeless, since He will always provide a way out of your hardship.
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