“Remember this! In the last days, there will be many troubles…” (2 Timothy 3:1).
We, as a nation of people, are facing some perilous and terrifying times. Yet, despite the hour in which we live, it is a time of great opportunities and advancements for the people of God. It is in times like these that our faith must be stronger than ever before. Although we are not exempt from the changing times and seasons of life, there is a difference between surviving the crisis and succumbing to the pressure.
This is the greatest hour for the Church to shine, rise up and be heard. When the world is regressing and going under, God will move His people forward, causing His people to progress and flourish. “… the more [the Egyptians] oppressed [the Israelites], the more they multiplied and expanded…” (Exodus 1:12).
During these rough economic times, it is God who will stabilise us and cause us to increase, prosper and propel – even in the worst conditions. The world is in a major crisis, and we are under pressure to compromise our faith, but we must remember that, just as the Israelites grew under pressure, hardship and oppression, we too will grow, multiply, and increase – as long as we believe that God will see us through.
Our faith in Christ will triumph over all. “For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
By faith, you can conquer every mountain, face every problem and overcome every adversity. By faith, you can bounce back when people counted you out. By faith, God can restore your health, family, bad credit; erase debt, reverse repossession; remove cancer, diabetes, liver disorder; restore love in a marriage, drive out rebellion and put your house in order.
By faith, you can ride through the rages of life, and walk through turbulence, unrest and dangerous situations without any evidence of being scared. By faith, you can defeat worry, doubt and fear. There is absolutely nothing faith cannot do!
Personal Story of Survival
My faith in God has helped me make the transition from marriage to singleness. I am an independent, focused and purpose-driven woman. Did this happen overnight? No, it took me some time to get to this point in my life. Though terrifying and frightening moments would have defeated me, I learned that I was created to survive every crisis, disappointment and dilemma with Christ. I am self-sufficient today, only because of His sufficiency (2 Corinthians 3:5). By faith, I was determined to push myself, even when I wanted to collapse under the pressure, but I stand poised today, with dignity as a triumphant woman of God.
Those who thought I wouldn’t make it, God proved them wrong. Those who laid a trap for me to stumble and fall … well I did fall; I fell forward, advancing and stepping over the hurdles and pitfalls.
I’m reminded of the Bible story with the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. Believing for healing and restoration, she earnestly fought her way through the crowds of self-righteous people. No doubt they looked at her with eyes of reproach, disgust and contempt. Nevertheless, her focus was not on her condition or what people were saying or thinking about her; her focus was on Christ, the Messiah, the One who came to set people free from bondage and slavery. Just as this woman lived in despair, we are living in calamitous times as well – of uncertainties, catastrophes and heartache. Many people are facing insurmountable odds and difficulties, with no answer in sight.
The woman with the issue of blood knew whence her source of peace, healing and wholeness would come. As she moved forward, confidently relying on Him, all she needed to do was touch the hem of His garment. Let that be our example.
When everyone else seems to be perishing under the pressure, we will survive the crisis because our faith is not contingent upon making a way for ourselves, or trying to figure out how our needs are going to be met. Surviving the crises, emergencies and crucial times is solely due to our complete confidence, conviction and reliance on the One who controls the universe. “Examine and see how good the Lord is. Happy is the person who trusts Him. You, who belong to the Lord, fear Him! Those who fear Him will have everything they need” (Psalm 34:8-9).
Once realising that my true source of hope, joy and recovery was only in Christ, I bravely accepted the lot that was given to me and, today, I can boldly say that I stand strong, vibrant and full of purpose because of Christ, the One who felt me touch the hem of His garment.
In addition to being an award-winning author of Completely Whole, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. Paulette has authored seven booksm and writes in the genres of Christian fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith magazine and The Sacramento Observer.
Paulette resides in Northern California.
Visit her on www.pauletteharper.com.