Thursday, July 4, 2013


There are many experiences of joy in living the Christian life. However there may also be times of great battle. To even suggest a struggle to many in the church is to invite criticism and accusations.

At the first sign of trouble, they point the finger like Job's "comforters" and wonder if we are living right.

Often though struggle can be a sign that we are doing right!

Jesus called this life "the narrow way" and following the narrow way implies that it is not always easy - but it is always right.

Well known pastor and author, A.W. Tozer once wrote:
"The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground has now been accepted in practice by the vast majority of fundamentalist Christians."

Being a Christian can certainly be fun and joyous at times but will not always be a "bed of roses!"

When we make a stand for what is right, we often come under criticism and/or persecution as a result.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

If you are in a battle today, pray that you are in God's will. If you know that you are - then be of good cheer! You will overcome if you do not become discouraged and press on in the name of Christ!


  1. You know the old adage, "the hotter the battle, the greater the victory"? I could use an air-conditioner ! The beauty of hardship is that God uses these things in our lives to make us STRONG ! God is a loving parent but He is also the "Lord of Hosts" of the armies of heaven. He wouldn't be a very good parent or leader if He didn't teach you to war or defend yourself!:
    "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ...
    James 1:1-9
    God wishes you to be patient, mature and complete....lacking is to our benefit to allow patience to have it's perfect work, not God's...He's patient enough already :-)
    Cindy Hauman

  2. Thank you Cindy! Most of us resist God's training at the time we are experiencing it. Later when we look back, it becomes clearer that God was acting in goodness and wisdom and we thank Him for it!