“Life’s good” is a tagline of a popular multinational brand. However, it is sad to say that there are certain things that happen to us in life which we never bargained for. As you wade into the murky waters of life, you will be faced with the myriad challenges of life. The good news is that they are not ‘programmed’ to destroy you but to make you become better until you become the best. So, I’ll share with you four time-tested tips that will help you overcome the challenges of life.
1. Don’t worry; be happy.
Bob McFerrin’s 1988 hit single, ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ captures this succintly. Learn to make lemonade out of the lemons of life. The Holy Bible admonishes us not to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6) but to “rejoice evermore”(1Thessalonians 5:16). As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Truth is when you act contrary to what nature expects, the devil gets mad. Don’t give him that satisfaction. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”-Philippians 4:4
When the trials of this life make you weary
And your troubles seem too much to bear
There’s a wonderful solace and comfort
In the silent communion of prayer.
Beloved, you’ve got to PUSH–pray until something happens. The importance of prayer cannot be over emphasised. It is a potent weapon in the hands of anyone who has faith in God. It is the master key which opens the door to God’s treasure house and releases supernatural blessing upon every situation, bringing divine intervention into the lives of God’s people. On the other hand, prayerlessness makes someone vulnerable to the attacks of satan.
There’s no better time to pray than now. Corrie ten Boom said, “The devil smiles when we make plans, he laughs when we get too busy, but he trembles when we pray.” A wise man once said, “When you feel swept of your feet, get back to your knees.”
“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?” If you could get the revelation of Matthew7:7-11, you would see how powerful and unstoppable you are. God has given you a blank cheque. All you need do is fill it with your needs. It’s not in your place to worry about how He will answer your prayer.
On a final note, the words of John Mason: “Prayer may not change all things for you, but it sure changes you for all things.”
3. Be thankful.
When you are thankful, your tank will be full. Are you going through some challenges right now, and you’ve done virtually everything you could do yet without any result? Then I advise you to give God quality praise and worship. When you do that, the heavens will be opened to you and you’ll see God give you His absolute attention (Psalm 22:3).
When the mighty men
From the tribe of Judah
Faced the enemy
They were told by God
Not to be afraid
He would give the victory
He said lift up a song
And lay down the sword
For the battle is mine
Says the Lord
Sing unto the Lord
Make a joyful sound
Lift your voices
And let your praise resound
Sing a victory song
In the time of war
Trust in Jesus
The battle is the Lord’s
When the evil one
Comes against you
To fill your heart with fear
You can trust in God
He wil never leave you
He promised to be near
You can lift up a song
In the midst of the war
For the battle is mine
Says the Lord
The above lyrics of the renowned Gospel artiste, Ron Kenoly has blessed my life for 21 years. I share it with you with the hope that you will find a reason to be thankful and praise God in your darkest nights. When you feel like throwing in the towel and whining, do remember that the darkest hour is just before the dawn.
Never take your eyes off God. He is your life. Peter focused on Jesus and he walked on the sea with Him. But the moment he lost focus, he started sinking. He would’ve perished if not for the love of God.
As you rejoice, pray, and give thanks for what God did in the past, what He is doing presently, and what He will do in future, don’t forget to keep looking unto Him. This is not a time to explore any ungodly option. It may seem that God’s response isn’t fast. But do remember, He is never late. He shows up, right on time. Remember the story of Lazarus? He came out of the tomb, alive and well, after four days, when everyone had given up on him. (Please grab yourself a copy of Karen Peck & New River’s ‘Four Days Late‘)
He is still the same God. He has done it before. He will do it again. You are next in line for a miracle. God bless you. See you in 2018. It’s going to be stupendously amazing.