I somehow seem to be drawn to the troubles surrounding Christians! You may be experiencing trials of various kinds in your own life right now. There always seems to be some form of trouble lurking in the Kohler household and most of the time I am really good at seeing it for what it is and overcoming it by remaining focused on God’s Word and His truth about my family.
Recently however, trouble seemingly came from every side! One particular day I found myself questioning whether or not the Kohler family was even a “Christian” family anymore. Has the enemy of your soul ever fired a dart through your mind like that? Negative thoughts penetrated my mind until I snapped out of it through a much needed phone call from a faithful friend who knows us well...haha.
The consensus in the church for years has been: “If you are a powerful Christian, then you should be spared from conflict or trial.” Satan wants us to believe that we are experiencing trouble because our lives are not pleasing to God. I understand that is a legitimate cause for trouble at times because disobedience DOES have it’s consequences, but I am speaking to the woman or man of God today who feels like you have faithfully followed God and you are STILL surrounded by much trouble.
In my study time alone with God today I came across this passage of scripture once again that was written to us by the Apostle Paul:
"We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed. We are perplexed, yet not in despair; persecuted, but NOT forsaken. Cast down, but not destroyed. Through this suffering, our bodies are “constantly” sharing in the death of Jesus so that the LIFE of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
God granted me new revelation concerning verse 10. As powerful Christians, we will always be surrounded by trials and sufferings. I now realize that it is the existence of “TROUBLE” that can actually distinguish the POWERFUL from the POWERLESS. By “overcoming” the trials that others witness us going through, the overcoming power of Jesus is made manifest in our lives unto the world. We should never again ask God why this trouble has come to our household, but rather, ask Him for the wisdom and perseverance to stand and victoriously overcome so that the Power of Jesus can precisely be represented to this lost world!
If you are a Believer in Jesus Christ, the question is not “Will trouble come because it is sure to.” The question is: “Will you allow your troubles to be a definition of Christ’s overcoming power at work here in the earth?”
I have confidence in you!