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Life is full of uncertainty, trials, tribulations, adversity, and troubles.
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Have you experienced any of that?
Adversity I experienced in my 35 years of life:
- Childhood abuse
- Sexual assault
- Suicide attempt
- Sexual addiction
- Domestic violence
- Narcissistic abuse
- Mental cruelty
- Car accident
- Job loss
Just to name a few… Yes, there’s more, unfortunately. And what have I learned from those devastating experiences? That I am protected!
GOD’S PROMISE OF PROTECTION
One of God’s promises in the Bible is protection.
Isaiah 41:10 says this:
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
God says that He is not on vacation or taking a nap. He’s with us. He is with me. I know it because I trust His word.
God gives me strength and carries me through trials and adversity. That’s why nothing could ever hurt me and I’m writing this devotional or you right now after all the troubles I had endured.
God protected me!
Think about your life. How many challenges have you endured in the past? Do you feel that God was with you through all the adversity? Can you see how He had protected you?
PROTECTION COMES WITH HERITAGE
I’m often full of fear, especially when facing uncertainty. That being said, I know that because of my heritage, I have complete protection from everyone and everything aimed to hurt me.
Not as a Russian, of course, but as a child of the king of the universe, as a Princess, a daughter of God.
Isaiah 54:17 says this:
“no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.”
If you accepted Jesus as your lord and savior, you became a child of God. Your elite royal heritage offers protection from hurt.
Why can’t we just have a drama-feee life? Why do we need troubles in this world?
God wants us to have faith, hope, joy, peace, and intimacy with Christ. God wants us to be Christ-like.
But how can we possibly develop His virtues if we have everything we want and don’t have to work hard for anything? How could we possibly stretch and grow beyond our comfort zone if we were kept in the comfort zone? How would we develop our perspective, grow in faith, change our ways, and glorify God by the results of our transformation?
During one of my conversations with God, I wrote a poem prayer about the process of being transformed by God through troubles.
“I Trust You With The Troubles In This World” 3/6/17
You said we will have troubles in this world.
I would have surely preferred to avoid all my trials…
But you also promised to defeat every sword,
And with no battles to fight, how could I ever feel the perfect love as your special child?
You promised protection, you promised peace.
You asked to not lean on my own comprehension.
So, as I’m standing here, crying on my knees,
I trust you still and your perfect plan for my eternal salvation.
Going through trials, we discover how much we are loved by God.
Have you ever witnessed a little girl asked to fall backwards into her father’s arms? If she knows he loves her, she can trust him. The more experience she has with her father loving her, the more faith in his ability to catch her will she have.
That’s how our faith grows in our Heavenly Father. We experience trouble and He wants us to lean on Him. He wants us to trust His promises of protection.
As we learn to trust God’s promises while dealing with life’s challenges, we grow in faith. The more faith we have, the more peace we enjoy despite troubles.
John 16:33 says this:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
When we’re facing adversity, our faith is activated and exercised. God wants us to have faith. God wants us to trust His plan. God wants us to rely on Him for protection.
2 Timothy 4:18 says this:
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Do you believe this promise?
I can’t help but believe! Look at the list I shared in the beginning of this devotional: I should have been dead or on drugs or in jail after all that trouble. But because of my heritage, I received God’s divine protection. And I’m witnessing to you today so you can believe.
BAD AND GOOD FEARS
I struggle often with the fears of adversity, uncertainty, violence, hostility, and so many other fears.
These bad fears cripple my mental and physical health with anxiety, paranoia, and panic attacks.
The more I’ve been spending time with God studying who He is and what He says about me, the less I’ve been crippled by those bad fears.
I do have one fear that’s really good though! The fear of the Lord.
Proverbs 19:23 says this:
“The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”
I fear God because He is my loving Daddy. He had done so much for me!
God paid a high price for my sins. He gave me a super-expensive gift of salvation. He’s been watching over me and protecting me… And He only asked me to do a few things for Him if I love Him.
My fear is not to disappoint my loving Daddy. I want to honor Him. I want to give Him glory for all His goodness.
This one fear has given me a peaceful and joyful life. The fear of the Lord helps me remain untouched by troubles. All I need to do is to trust God’s promises.
STANDING ON GOD’S PROMISES
Getting to know the Lord helped me trust in Him. Trusting in Him helped me count on His promises. It’s been a roller coaster journey but my trust has only deepened and grown.
I discovered that God gave us over 3573 promises in the Bible!
As I began to study His promises, trusting Him became easier and easier because I saw that He never failed me.
standing on God’s promises poem video
That breakthrough led to the birth of my favorite poem about God’s promises.
“Standing on God’s Promises” 9/12/2017
Life is a series of seasons,
With moments of sorrow followed by happy moments.
To question God we have many reasons,
Especially when facing some devastating disappointments.
Sometimes we question God’s very existence,
Or just His presence in our lives.
We may confront the idea of God’s goodness with resistance,
Especially when grief our daily emotions drives.
Our emotions are not a very reliable source of information.
How we feel changes often too randomly.
That’s why to confidently walk toward our destination,
We need to immerse ourselves in truth extendedly.
We need to understand and believe God’s faithfulness.
We need to embrace His eternal promises.
We don’t need to make them up or guess –
Reading His word is what confidence encompasses.
In the Bible, there are 3573 promises,
The word “promise” itself occurs 50 times.
End of suffering, protection and forgiveness,
Peace and joy are guaranteed to us always and not just sometimes.
God’s promises are the only solid ground to stand on.
Everything else is unstable and temporary.
His word is the truth for us to lean on,
So that our lives can be for His glory and extraordinary.
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GOD’S PLAN IS ALWAYS PERFECT
On my journey of growing closer to God and trusting Him for my protection, I’ve become grateful for all the adversity I shared with you in the beginning of this devotional.
I love being God’s daughter. I enjoy being the masterpiece He created me to be. But! Without my past, I wouldn’t have my joyful present and my peaceful future.
I’m grateful for all my trials and tribulations because ultimately I can see that God’s plan is perfect.
During one of my conversations with God, I wrote a Biblical poem about God’s perfect plan.
Would you like me to share it? Please enjoy!
“Your plan is always perfect 8/16/17
You said your plan is perfect.
Can I believe it, God?
Sometimes I feel in conflict,
With scope of trials so broad.
But then I look around,
I pay attention close,
And see your grace abound
In sorrow and in loss.
I trust your every vow,
Your Holy Word I trust.
Sometimes I wonder how
Your beauty comes from dust.
Your plan for me to prosper,
Have future and the hope
Wholeheartedly I trust in
And never will I stop.
By the way, talking to God is an act of worship. Since I started talking to God, my relationship with Him has been improving.
Do you trust God’s plan? Do you believe His promise of protection?
If you do, memorize the Biblical affirmation below and practice it often to remember that God is watching over you and there’s nothing to fear.
I am protected
My God is with me and He strengthens me.
He upholds me with His righteous right hand.
He protects me from every evil and rescues me.
I don’t fear as on God’s eternal promises I firmly stand.
What bad fears do you plan to let go of as you rely more and more on God’s promise of protection?
Share with me in the comments below so I can cheer you on.
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Anna Szabo is the founder of Online Discipleship For Women, a Christian ministry committed to alleviating suicide among women globally by sharing hope in Christ. Anna teaches how to create a joyful life by embracing God’s word based on her own journey of faith and fortitude.