Being Strong in Tough Situations

The Word of God contains wisdom for all areas of your life. You are made in the very image of God. You are a tri-part being: a spirit that possesses a soul—which is the mind, will and very heart of the emotions—and lives in a physical body. Your body can affect your emotions, and your emotions can affect your body. If you are in trouble spiritually, then you will be in trouble in every other area as well. Each component of the tri-part nature of man is important and needs to be cared for according to the dictates of the Word.

Most Christians wait until they have a problem to get in gear to combat it. This is not wise! Don't wait for the storm to come before you act! (See Luke 6:45-49.) It's not impossible to build a house in the middle of the storm, but it is really difficult to do so. For most people, it is too late, and they need a miracle.

God doesn't intend for you to live your life expecting miraculous things to happen on a daily basis. You are supposed to live a life that is in line with God's Word, following God's system, the Kingdom of God. If you do so, you won't need a miracle all the time because your life will be one continuous blessing.

You need to deposit the Word deeply into yourself while you are healthy. You need to be wise about how you treat your body and your spirit. Do not ask God to do something for you that He told you to do for yourself.

Let's look at two things that determine your ability to lay a good foundation for a healthy spirit, soul, and body.
Live With a Positive Attitude

Your attitude carries great power. You allow the completed will of God to happen in your life or disallow it based on your attitude. It is not what happened to you but how you respond to it that makes all the difference in the world.  Attitude is of the soul—your mind, will and emotions. Life is not fair, and you will have an opportunity for your attitude to take you in the wrong direction. Without the right attitude, your soul can become so disturbed that it can make your body sick. The prosperity of your soul or the health of your soul has a lot to do with your physical health. (See 3 John 2).

Love thinks positively about other people, about yourself, and about God. Jesus said that you have to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and that you have to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). In other words, you need to think no evil about God, your neighbor, or yourself. Instead of saying, "I always make the wrong decision," you need to say, "The wisdom of God is inside me. I may have made a bad choice, but I will make the right decision the next time with God's help."

Many people have low self-esteem, and because of their poor self-image, they make themselves sick. King David asked his soul a question, saying, Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God…. (Psalm 42:5). Satan is the one that Jesus said comes to steal, kill and destroy. Don't cooperate with him; he doesn't need any help.

Look at the principle in the following verse: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. - Proverbs 23:7a. A person becomes depressed when something happens, and he starts thinking about that obsessively. His depression gets worse when he gets around someone who will feed that, saying, "I have been there, too. I know what it's like." Misery loves company. Your body loves to have somebody who will let you put your head on her shoulders. Your soul loves that, too, and it's destructive. That's not the kind of friend you need.

I am your pastor, and I am your friend. If you come to my office with a problem, I would not pat you on the back and say "Praise God, I understand." No. I would get the Bible out and tell you what God said. That would be helping you. Now, it may not make you feel comfortable, but the person who loves you won't let you destroy yourself.
Renew Your Mind With the Word (Romans 12:1-2)

You must renew your mind with the Word—that is the most positive thing I know! When you think on the Word, it changes your attitude, and when you have a new attitude, that will determine how you think and what comes out of your mouth. It will change what you are doing, and it will change the results you have.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. If you are sick, the Word of God will tell you that you are healed. If you think you can't make it, the Word of God will tell you that you can do all things through Christ. If you feel defeated, the Word of God will tell you that you can give thanks unto God because He gives you the victory.

Look at how you are to respond to hard situations:

“ 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. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.. ” 1 Peter 5:6-9

Notice that God doesn't do the resisting for you. The understood subject of that is "you." You have to make a choice. You have to take action. Some Christians will resist the devil for a while, then they'll say, "I'm tired of always having to deal with this situation." Your enemy is going to keep coming if he senses that you will quit. You are to resist steadfastly, which means to be patient and unmoved. As long as satan keeps pushing, you are to keep resisting, however long it takes. Your attitude has to be, "This isn't going to outlast me!" This is a different attitude than, "Woe is me. Nobody knows the trouble I've seen with Jesus."

Peter reminds you that you are not the only one dealing with something that is unfair. You are not the only one with a problem. You are not the only one dealing with this bill, with these people, with this man, with this woman—whatever situation you are dealing with. In other words, these situations are common in life. But God has a way out, and if you lay a good foundation on Jesus Christ, day after day, you will find that God is faithful to give you strength and power to face any situation you may have to face.

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Bishop Butler is dedicated to teaching believers how to live their faith. He is the founder of Word of Faith International Christian Center and the Senior Pastor of faith4life churches in Round Rock and Dallas, Texas.

As Bishop, he oversees 14 ministry operations in the United States. Bishop Butler has also established several international ministry works. The Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance is a fellowship of ministers and Christian leaders who have received Bishop Butler as their spiritual father and/or mentor. Through its companion website, faithleaders.com, ministers and Christian leaders can find valuable resources to aid them in their ministry callings.

Bishop Butler has a nationally televised program on the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network called “Live your Faith”.He is the author of over 24 books with such titles as Living Life on Top, The Art of Prayer, God’s Not Mad at You and God’s Plan for Man. With the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler and wife Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, & April), Pastor MiChelle, and Minister Kristina Butler Bishop Butler continues to plant churches worldwide.