It's all in the game

Facing opposition? Facing temptations right at this moment?  Feeling frustrated because you have fallen yet again? Aggravated with yourself because you have once again let God down?
holzfigur-980784_960_720You know Jesus has been there before you – He has struggled with opposition and He faced temptations just like you and me – Only difference is that He never gave into His temptations. We do and we do it ad nauseum over and over again.
Jesus understands where we are coming from – only He understands our frustration and aggravation when we fall. When we face opposition and everything seems to build up and overflow in our lives well guess what? The outcome is assured! It doesn’t matter who or what is opposing us because we already know the outcome.
When we are in the middle of some acute attack on us it is so hard to realise that the end has already been written – again the outcome is assured if you have given your life to Christ.
When we are struggling with problems a lot of the time our very struggles are brought on by our insecurities and a lot of our insecurities are brought on by our desire to be ‘liked’ by the world. Our internal insecurities!
Through our life there are going to be tears. We are never promised an easy ride through life – we are going to be let down by others often by the people we love the most  – we are going to come up against huge opposition – BUT the outcome of it all is already written.
Paul writes in Philippians 1:28-30 says
“Without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved – and that by God. For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.”
So if you are struggling with whatever in your life please be assured that this is a good sign that God isn’t finished with you yet. Struggling is all part of the life we have been given here – it’s all in the game of life – a game that will give us joy and certainly pain.
So why do we have to go through so much pain and fall so many times in temptation knowing it is wrong and so hurtful to God? Well because it gives ground to relate to others so well. An empathy that can bring others to Christ.
Remember you aren’t the only one in this ‘game of life’ who struggles with all sorts of sin and strife – Jesus struggled, Paul struggled and and through the examples of their struggles we can relate to our own. Jesus said “when the world hates you – well they hate me too.” We can share in His struggles because He has shown us how.
Following Jesus makes us stronger – we may not think so because we still seem to fall for the same things over and over again – our vulnerability to sin always seems to be here with us. yet we are getting stronger in Jesus. How about this for a thought; that God allows us to struggle with opposition, struggle with continuing sin, struggle with our motivations and insecurities our doubts and depressions because all the while He is making us stronger in Him.
Is the game of life getting you down – grinding you into the ground – are you facing huge obstacles in the game? Are you just about to give up and hand it back?  Do your struggles seem insurmountable? Are you feeling defeated and alone? God has promised we are not alone – none of us. He has strength for the weary and deep down peace and joy for the faithful.
wooden-figures-1007134_960_720We ALL struggle with varying things – be it doubt, temper, insecurities etc etc. The great news is God’s strength is available to all BUT you have to receive it. If you haven’t done it already, ask him into your life right now, ask Him to take control and surrender all to Him.
His strength can you see you through the saddest and darkest of times. Jesus Himself went through probably THE most darkest of times when He took your sins and mine and dragged then up that dark hill and died horribly on the terrible/wonderful day at Calvary. So He knows what you are going through. He knows our struggles and our doubts.
Give them to Jesus; claim His promise and His strength to get you through.
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Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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