“If the world hates you, know that it had hated me before it hated you.”
The first time I read this part of the scriptures, I was amazed.
These are the words of Jesus Christ, our savior.
There are no better words for reassuring a dwindling faith, especially in this wicked world.
Sometimes, you feel so downhearted that you are broken up in pieces and have no hope.
But that is what life is about – To make you struggle.
I have had my own share of temptations too. And by God’s grace, I stood firm.
In the past four years, I have been involved in various startups.
I had to raise so much money, including my savings, for some form of business.
Yet, despite all efforts, my business crashed.
I was utterly devastated but knew that God would make a way within me.
I know you’ve also had your own share of temptations. But stand firm.
This world is run by the devil.
His plan, as you know, is to make a man suffer unnecessarily
But you will overcome if you persevere and have faith in God.
Think about it this way; If Christ can be persecuted, why won’t I?
Jesus was mocked, beaten, abused, and degraded in the public domain. Then, finally, he was shamed and killed.
If Christ now lives in Glory, will he forsake you?
I have compiled bible verses about life struggles and overcoming adversity to inspire you today.
Bible verses about life struggles
1. Psalm 46:1-3,7 – bible verse about overcoming adversity
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress
This is one of my favorite bible verses when faced with difficulty. If you are sick, jobless, unhappy, hopeless, and disappointed, you must remember these words of David.
At all times, God is by our side.
He is always protecting us.
The devil wishes to end our lives, but he can’t. So, he makes us go through enormous challenges.
Pause for a second and think. God said to the devil;
“Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life”
Even in the midst of challenges, God still cares about us. He warned the devil never to take the life of Job.
Therefore, do not be discouraged. God is our refuge and strength. He is always present to rescue us from all the temptations we encounter.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you
3. John 16:33
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.”
4. Isaiah 41:10
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
5. Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
6. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
7. 2 Timothy 1:7
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
8. Jeremiah 1:8
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
9. Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own
10. Jeremiah 17:7
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,whose confidence is in him
11. Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
You may be worried about your health; Paul says you need not be bothered about it. You may also be jobless for years; Paul reminds you that you need not be anxious.
Whatever the challenge you face in life, remember these words of Paul. “Do not be anxious about anything.” When you feel like there is no hope anymore, follow the instructions of Paul.
Pray, pray, and pray. Let all your requests and challenges be made known to God. Tell God you need him. There is no miracle that God can not do in your life.
Is there anything too hard for the Lord?
What does the bible say about life struggles?
No one is immune from the temptations of the devil. Adam and Eve faced temptations. Jesus Christ was also tempted and killed by the devil. What matters most is how we react when we are tempted.
An example of a man that faced enormous temptations from the devil, despite serving God faithfully is Job. Job was not just an ordinary servant of God. He was not just faithful in his dealings with God.
The bible says he was blameless in God’s eyes. He hated the things of this world and served God diligently. Yet, The devil still tempted him.
Job had ten children (three daughters and seven sons) and lost all of them in a day. His riches disappeared in the twinkling of an eye. He was also struck with illness. Yet, he was unmoved.
There are two takeaways from the story of Job that will inspire you today.
1. God has always protected us
The devil has no power over our lives except God allows it. In the case of Job, The devil was powerless and said;
Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land
Each time we face challenges, we tend to forget all God has done for us in the past. Each day we wake up, forgetting that God protected us through the night.
You’ve not had issues with what to eat, drink, or wear for years. Yet, we quickly forget that God has provided for us and protected us from the devil.
The devil only had a chance in the life of Job because God allowed it. If you are facing challenges, you must think this way.
2. The righteous will still be persecuted
Sometimes, we get disappointed that God allows us to face enormous challenges. We are surprised that we are sick, jobless, heartbroken despite serving God diligently.
Here are the words of Job that will inspire you. He said;
Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:10
God has blessed us from our beginning. He has provided for us and protected our family. God has always been there for us one way or the other.
If we are going through challenges, we must not forget all God has done in our lives. Instead, we must think like Job and remember that we must still be steadfast in his service when temptations arise.