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Deborah Smith Pegues


Triumphing Over Trials

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“You are going to need brain surgery. There are several risks involved.” The doctor’s sober declaration rocked my world—even though I had done the research and knew that the surgery was a foregone conclusion. Still, I had held out hope that the painful trigeminal neuralgiacould be cured another way. I would just have to double up on my prayers and alert my intercessors.

Nothing drives us to the throne room of God like trouble. Further, nothing develops our spiritual muscles like the exercise of faith during the crises of our lives.  Unfortunately, times of adversity may be the only time that some people pray. When you fail to regularly protect yourself with the umbrella of prayer, you will surely get soaked with the inevitable rain of trouble—and may find yourself incapable of dealing with it. And, even if you are indeed faithful in prayer, you will not be immune to trouble. In his suffering Job, an upright man, lamented, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1 NKJV).

One of best ways of triumphing over trouble is to learn how to declare the Scriptures in the form of a prayer in times of trials, testing, temptation, or distress. Praying God’s word assures us that we are praying his will. He is on constant watch of his word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). We would be wise to adopt a divine perspective during these times. An I.R.S.approach will give you the mind-set to stand strong:

I – Inevitable.  Trouble is inevitable; so don’t develop a victim’s mindset when it pops up. We live in a fallen world and troubles will not cease while we are on this earth. Life is a cycle of triumph and trials.

R –Required. Just as strength training develops our physical muscles,  trouble is required to develop our spiritual muscles.  Even Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered.

S – Seasonal.  Troubles don’t last always. Remember that when it seems like you’ve already endured for an eternity!  This too will pass.

Keep praying and always expect a positive outcome.  Come to God believing He is going to answer.  Know that “…without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligentlyseek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).

I challenge you to come up higher in your faith and to stop operating at “see level”—believing only what you can see. Yes, you know that God can answer your prayers; believe that he will.  Take courage and strength from the words of David: “In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and rescued me (Psalms 118:5 NLT). Begin expecting more of God. After all, He is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), and omnipresent (always present). Nothing is too hard for Him!

Deborah Smith Pegues


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