Have you noticed that among your fellow Christians, no one else seems to have the problems and difficulties that you face?
One of the most remarkable discoveries for me has been that we all face the same problems, temptations and difficulties!
The first truth is happiness is not based upon circumstances but rather upon our relationship to Christ. Our faith in Jesus is what determines our inner joy. Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.” When we are in right relationship to the Lord, ALL this fruit is automatically produced in and through our life … by God’s Holy Spirit.
The second truth is that victory does not come from “a bed of roses” … it comes on the battlefield. You only experience real spiritual growth by working through the difficulties and sorrows of your life. However, as Christians we think that any opposition or difficulties that come to our lives are punishments from God (or persecution from Satan). Yet those things may just be things that God is permitting to come into our lives to help us build spiritual muscle. I know some Christians, who are so upset when things do not go the way they think it should. Yet it may be that the Lord is trying to build spiritual muscle in those individuals.
The third truth is that we should not try to compare our lives to others. God’s plan for another person is NOT His plan for your life. The choices we make and the way He wants to deal with us make for a “tailor-made” plan for our life that is unique in all eternity. To attain the highest degree of joy and satisfaction, we must make our choices based upon God’s instruction given to us in the Bible.
The fourth truth is that when we look at other Christians, be aware that they are doing the same thing we usually do in pub lic … they are “putting their best foot forward.” Simple because they are not telling you all their problems and begging for sympathy does not mean that they are not also facing problems. Social media posts-never tell the whole story, for anyone.
Don’t feel as if you are the only one facing problems. Claim by faith the victory that Christ wants to give you over those problems. God tells us, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common unto man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able; but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV. Then in 2 Corinthians 2:14)