We have all faced difficult times in our lives. To boast of having experienced the victory over those trials each and every time has brought a sobering and often negative reaction from those whose “batting average” is south of the Christian norm. The potential for victory over negative situations can be realized by reading and understanding the Word. But that alone will not ensure the victory. One must act with faith to bring about the cohesiveness of the Word and the Believer. Many Believers are tripped up by knowledge without action. They know what the Scripture says, but they fail to act on the Word. Many go to their weekly fellowships with the hope they will experience progressive truth, but instead they hear the same basic teaching. Week after week the same message continues to be proclaimed with little variance. Facing increasing degrees of trials, Believers seem ill prepared to answer the challenges. Satan continues to throw strikes at the Christian, and when the Believer fails to “swing” with the Word, the devil will strike him out. Holding the Word will not get the “home run.” It is only when we use the Word that victory will be achieved. By failing to act on the Word, our “batting average” will continue to slide.
One area that continues to be the “sleeping giant” in Christian circles is the feeling that no one truly understands, or is even able to identify, the things that are important in their lives. To them, there is a feeling of isolation, which leads to loneliness and then to depression. I have seen Christians that feel that no one really cared or understood them. As a Pastor, I have felt the pain of isolation and even adopted self-pity when the journey of servitude was met with intense resistance. There are Believers that are experiencing a disconnection from others. What little interaction they do have is usually in the form of receiving unsolicited advice. What people need is to be understood and accepted.
At the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus reaffirmed to Martha that if she would believe she would see the glory of God. Earlier, He had met Martha a few blocks from her house where she and her sister were being “comforted” by professional mourners. He told Martha that her brother would rise again. He told her that He was the resurrection and the life, “and that any who believed in Him would never die.” Martha responded with an open confession. (John 11:23-27) Later at the cemetery, Martha had a spiritual hiccup and expressed some doubt. Jesus simply said to her, “Did I not say to you, if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:39, 40)
The Bible is full of statements ensuring God’s involvement with His children. Spend time underlying all the promises that reveal God’s interest in your life. Memorize as many of them as possible, or at least the addresses, so when Satan sends his “pitches” you will be able to hit a home run! Every time the arrows of doubt come your way, hear Jesus say, “Did I not say?” When you experience loneliness, hear Him say, “I am with you always…” (Matt. 28: 20) Whatever challenges you face in life, always hear Him say, “Did I not say?” Know His Word. Believe His Word. Act on His Word.