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!