Everyone is struggling. This has been an extraordinarily difficult time in our world for many in ways financially, physically, mentally and spiritually.
As believers, we can be encouraged that God wants to give us a specific kind of help during difficult seasons like these. We don’t just go with the flow of culture, but we flow with the wind of the Holy Spirit.
What is the spirit, posture or attitude God gives us in difficult times like these that we’ve been in? Scripture is crystal clear.
For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline [sound mind]. (1 Timothy 1:6-7)
This Scripture has three traits plus instruction that are a guide from heaven about where we can turn when we don’t know what else to do:
1. In Difficult Seasons, God Gives Us a Spirit of Power.
Henrietta Mears once said, “Christianity is not adding a burden to your life, it is adding power. The Scripture tells us that “the same power which raised Jesus from the dead now lives in us.” The word used from God’s power at work in the life of a believer is “dynamis” the root word we get the word dynamite from. That is some extreme power.
As my friend Andrew has said, “It is inconceivable to think the same power which raised Jesus from the dead would come into our life and do nothing.”
So when times are dark and difficult, guess what you can count on? God’s power working in you, helping you stand firm in His truth when you don’t know if you have enough power on your own.
When does God give us this power? Ahead of time? Right when we need it. He gives us enough grace for each new day’s challenges and concerns at the time that we need it, as we rely on and stay close to Him.
How do we appropriate God’s power when we need it? Read the Scriptures, pray and ask God for His help and trust that He will carry you when you cannot carry yourself.
2. In Difficult Seasons, God Gives Us a Spirit of Love.
When the world around us is going crazy, what does God call us to do, and who does He call us to be? Scripture is clear. It is not to suddenly become a person who is angry all the time, for “that does not bring about the righteousness God desires.”
In difficult seasons, God calls us to the same thing He always has – to stand firm in His truth and love.