**Originally Published 01 Dec, 2016**

Have you ever asked, “Do I have what it takes to handle the trials, troubles and tests of life?” As a believer in God, we are called to express and experience the glory of Jesus Christ. That simply means magnify who Jesus is in our lives and display the picture of Christ among others. How do we act when going through afflictions, uncomfortable situations, or spiritual battles?

Be confident! You have every resource you need to be victorious in life right now.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”                          
 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

This passage of Scripture has kept me grounded in my life, and I believe can encourage you. These verses reveal what a life that glorifies God and overcomes life’s difficulties looks like. I don’t know what battles you face or what kind of storms the enemy may be taking you through. However, I can assure you that with God’s resources you can conquer them.

Dwell on these two truths:

1)The Revelation of Christ in His Word
“We all….beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.” USE NIV The previous 16 verses contrast the revelation of the Old covenant with the New covenant. Paul discovered his capability to handle any trial within the revelation of Christ in His word. James speaks of the mirror as a reflection of His Word (James 1:22-23). Every victory starts, continues, and rests in the revelation of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

“Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:9

When you dwell in the Word, you begin to get a clear view of God as He has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. Knowing the person of Christ in His word reveals how powerful He is and how He handled the burdens and battles in His life. The apostle Paul demonstrates his approach to victory over life’s trials by beholding the mirror of God’s glory in Christ. Thus meaning, keep putting your faith in Jesus’ power and promises.

2) The Reality of Christ’s life in you
Yes, Christ’s life is in you. The One, who lived, died, was raised from the dead, and ascended is in you – in the person of the Holy Spirit. The same resource Jesus depended on to live the Christian life is living within you. Hallelujah! God never expected us to live out the Christian life with our own weapons and resources. The awesome realization about these two truths is, as you reflect upon the revelation of God’s word and the reality of Christ’s life in you. You then build an intimate love relationship with Him that reproduces Jesus’ life and character in you.

You say, great, how does that help me with relational problems? How does this help me with financial pressures? How does it help me with family problems? Glad you asked! As you are Christ-focused instead of self-focused, God provides the strength, provision, wisdom and/or protection you need. The entire Christian life is consumed with “beholding” the revelation and reality of Christ’s word and life to enable you to be triumphant over every pressure, temptation and doubt in life.

When people and circumstances become overwhelming to you, get your eyes on Jesus. He will cause you to reign over every battle you face. Remember in Matthew 14:22-33, there is a tumultuous storm when the disciples are in a boat during the middle of the night. They saw Jesus coming to them – walking on the water. They thought it was a ghost until Jesus spoke and told them He was the Lord. “Peter then asked if it is you Lord bid me to come. Jesus says, Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began walking on water, until he took his eyes off Jesus and began to focus on the waves and winds of the storm. Then he began to sink. Learn from Peter, no matter the storms of life, if you keep your focus on Jesus you will overcome. This doesn’t mean you won’t have difficulties in life – Paul expresses in this chapter we will. However, he reveals that Christ will deliver you through the trials of life as you keep your eyes on Jesus – the Author and Perfecter of your faith.

What are you beholding? Is it Christ or circumstances?

 

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