I believe we all want to be always spiritually strong. That is, calm, composed, patient and trusting God in the face of adversities. We all want to live God’s Word in our lives in whatever situation we find ourselves. The essence of our relationship with God is our faith in Him, not only to believe in His existence, who He is, and what He says and does, but to steadfastly trust in Him as we walk through life. And I believe that every Christian has that desire in his/her heart.
His Word also teaches us to be patient. A Christian’s life will be tested and tried by fire through various kinds of difficulties to prove our faith and to teach us to be patient.
Who wouldn’t want to be strong in any situation one is faced with? Whether in the face of prolonged illness, heartbreaking problems, or any other difficult challenges, we ALL desire to be strong in our faith, and be quietly patient in waiting for our deliverance and answer to our agonizing prayers.
But the truth is, for most Christians, we easily buckle down in the face of these difficulties. We easily fret. Worry, anxiety, and fear easily overcome us. And because we yield to these, we find it hard to totally trust in God. As our mounting difficulties are prolonged, we find ourselves losing our calm and our patience, and we succumb to grumbling, endlessly questioning God of our predicament, and gradually letting go of our trust in Him.
It’s hard, I know. But we were not meant to walk this journey alone. We might be forgetting the Lord Jesus’ parting words:
Peace I leave with you, my piece I give unto you… (John 14: 27)
So we are supposed to be walking this journey in peace – though troubles rise up around us – His peace will remain in our hearts, and that is through His Spirit that we receive from Him and which dwells in us (John 14: 16). Through the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Lord Jesus’ promise that He will never leave us is fulfilled:
I will never leave you comfortless; I will come to you. (John 14: 18)
So we were never meant to be on our own. The Holy Spirit is our constant Companion.
… Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. (Zech. 4: 6)
Indeed, one can face life’s difficulties and emerge victorious, not by one’s own strength or wisdom, but by the Spirit of the Lord which dwells in every Christian who is born of it.
A Spirit-filled Christian, therefore, remains to be strong, calm, patient, and steadfastly trusting God even in the most trying situations. This is the work of the Spirit. Peace in the midst of chaos, strong faith and undying hope in the face of impossibility, patience, and the audacity to still rejoice on top of it all, are all fruit of the Spirit.
I’d like to share with you a testimony that I heard last Friday overnight service (May 13th) of our Church which has rekindled my hope and strengthened my faith anew:
About three weeks ago, Sister Jenelita Cardenas was preparing for Church when she received a call in her cell phone. It was her beloved husband informing her that he just figured in a road accident.
Sis. Jenelita’s husband is a provincial bus driver. He was just new in the company. That morning, his bus collided with a tricycle badly hurting its woman passenger.
Sis. Jenelita rushed to the police station where her husband was being held. The townsfolk wanted to harm her husband, but they prayed and trusted in the Lord that he would be safe. That afternoon, Sis. Jenelita and her husband, Bro. Adrian, were able to go home, leaving only her husband’s driver’s license.
The victim was immediately brought to the hospital. After a few days, doctors informed the bus company that they needed to amputate the victim’s leg. All that time, Sis. Jenelita and Bro. Adrian have been praying for her safety and recovery.
When Bro. Adrian heard that the woman’s leg was scheduled to be amputated, he rushed to the fasting house in Pampanga to offer prayers with fasting. His company began to look for him and when he failed to report, they contacted Sis. Jenelita and demanded that she tell her husband to show up without delay. They doubted that he was praying and fasting out-of-town.
After three days of prayer and fasting, Bro. Adrian reported to their office and assured his boss that he wasn’t trying to escape, but that he prayed and fasted to beg the Lord Jesus not to allow the woman’s leg to be amputated.
Then he and Sis. Jenelita proceeded to the hospital and prayed for the victim. Later, the doctors decided not to amputate the woman’s leg. They saw that it was no longer needed.
The couple continued to pray and beg the Lord that Bro. Adrian’s company would allow him to go back to work because they don’t have any other source of income. Bro. Adrian was the sole breadwinner of their family of four.
The way Sis. Jenelita testified and related the unfortunate events, I saw and felt how calm she and her husband have been through all that time, completely trusting in the Lord – no fretting, no trembling knees, no questioning, no feeling of despair and hopelessness, but a picture of humility and steadfast faith.
Toward the end of her testimony, she thanked the Lord for all His goodness in their life, and for the perfect health of her baby during her recent check-up with the ob-gyne. Yes, Sis. Jenelita is four months pregnant with their third child.
In her delicate condition and with the mountain of difficulties they are in, one cannot sense any sign of anxiety or fear, but an epitome of peaceful and quiet spirit. Hers (and her husband’s) is a heart indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
(As of this writing, the victim is well and out of the hospital. Bro. Adrian was able to get back his driver’s license and is hoping to be able to go back to work).
Halleluia! To God be the glory!
Only by the Spirit can we totally trust in God, devoid of worries and fears.
Another amazing testimony of God’s great mercy and healing miracle after offering long prayer and fasting: Love Begets Miracle