How to Keep Faith and Stay Strong during Impossible Circumstances

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How to Keep Faith when Hope is Lost

Keep faith at a time like this? Every day it seems events in the world are getting darker and darker. If there is one thing I wish God did promise was this…”When you follow me, you will not have any problems!” That isn’t a promise he could keep after the world had fallen into sin. He did, however, warn us that we will experience trouble and he gives us advice and help along the way until we see him again.

There have been many mornings where my first thought is, “How can I continue to hold on to faith when I have feelings of despair, depression, and sadness?”. When we need help, we will turn to anyone and anything for a glimpse of hope or a way out. Of course, you will receive different answers depending on who you ask. Many of us head to the wrong friends or lean on our own advice and understanding, so let’s compare the different viewpoint from the world versus the Word.

Keep Faith: The World’s Viewpoint

In troubled times the world says to have a “positive attitude” or speak “positive confessions”. What is the difference between these two? A positive attitude focuses on our internal voice and how we speak to ourselves. Positive confessions is the focus of speaking positive vibes out loud. Both can have a good outcome; I mean, anything can improve life when you focus on the good and not the bad. However, my experience with positive confessions are people that don’t believe what they are saying and they are not speaking the truth. Positive confessions do not say out loud what is wrong in their life. They will say things like, “I am not sick” when they have a 103 temperature. Or, “I am not in debt even though their home is going into foreclosure”.

Positive confessions do not help you in difficult times but only lead to living in denial and hoping the problem can be spoken away. Not facing your true situation is living in fantasy-land! There is nothing wrong with owning positive thoughts and speaking positive confessions; I would encourage it.

I believe the world puts too much focus on these things as if they will fix your problems. That just isn’t true. If it was, then we can control our circumstances through our thoughts and words. 90% of the time we don’t have control over circumstances in life which is why we need more than positive vibes.

That is when you need God to get to work and keep faith close at hand!

Keep Faith: The Word’s Viewpoint

Faith is facing the facts without being discouraged by them! – Rick Warren

It is okay to accept the negative facts to your situation. What you don’t want to do is obsess over the negative footing it has in your life. You can be positive by focusing on what God can and will do FOR YOU in your circumstances.

Faith keeps you focused on the promises that God has already given you instead of putting all the pressure on yourself to try and stay positive to remain happy. Faith allows us to release the problem knowing that God will come through so we don’t have to work so hard. God says cast your cares, 1 Peter 5:7. Once you do this, you need to trust him and focus on his promises.

“God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith.” (Joel 2:25)

God IS bigger than your problem! He is NEVER surprised by your situation. Our creator in heaven isn’t sitting on a throne and saying, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming!”. He created this earth. He created you and he knew this was coming. He already planned out your future.

“I know the plans I have for you…plans to propser you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

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3 Ways to Keep Faith in Difficult Times

1. Lean Into the Faith You Have

All you need is faith the size of a mustard seed. Do you realize how little that is? Just choose to remain faithful when there is no visible finish line and no feeling of relief. Lean into God instead of distancing yourself because you don’t like how your situation panned out. Be ready to push through the discomfort that comes from trusting in what you cannot see.

Can you remember when you may have first started working out? Maybe you weren’t able to run 1 to 2 miles on your first workout but after you worked through the discomfort of the leg pain and learning how to breathe correctly you were able to run a half marathon. There is discomfort in developing a new skill, faith is no different.

“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” (Revelation 14:12)

2. Pray for Strength and Guidance

During the discomfort, pray that God guides your steps and keeps you strong. You will be tempted to try and control the situation which is why you must pray during your times of weakness.

“Watch and pray, so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

When I fail and begin to feel weak I remember that God gave me a spirit of power, love, and self control; not of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7) So I know I was born with a powerful spirit; I just may not be exercising it.

3. Plant your Seed in Good Soil

When you feel the struggle heavy on your back, bury yourself in good soil. Surround yourself with loving friends, read the Bible, memorize a Bible verse, watch an online sermon, or ask someone you love to pray with you.

What works best for me other than reading the Bible and praying? I pop in my headphones and soak in an encouraging and strengthening message from Joyce Meyer on You Tube. The tough times will hit you, but remember you are living for something bigger.

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (Luke 8:15)

Keep Faith and Be Consistent

Remaining consistent hasn’t always been easy for me. Sometimes I find myself not planting the right seeds into my life which created my own issues. I share my story in this article “Let God Plant Seeds of Hope in Your Life“.

However, when I do exercise faith and blindly trust God, it is during those days that I begin to feel joy. Joy is different than happiness. It is possible to have joy in your heart and walk through the darkest times of your life.

The only way to capture that joy is cast your cares, trust in God, and keep faith as He is always faithful and always keeps his promises.

Living All In…FAITH,
Cheryl

Reference: The idea for this blog article came from a main message from Rick Warren

About The Author

Cheryl

Cheryl is a blogger and online trainer that her closest girlfriends describe as the "strongest woman I know". She has experienced big losses in life and learned that being a perfectionist is exhausting and a joy killer. She wants to help other Christian women to learn from her mistakes by trusting God and staying determined to believe in limitless possibilities in life & career!