Summary: Life will always contain two aspects: good times and bad times. Through the passage of our life on earth, we will go through various seasons.

Live victoriously by faith

Hebrews 11:6 - But 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 diligently seek Him.

Life will always contain two aspects: good times and bad times. Through the passage of our life on earth, we will go through various seasons. We will experience good times and we will also experience bad times. The reason I believe why Christians cannot settle down and are always searching is because they cannot accept that even a life in the Spirit contains good times and bad times.

As Christians, we may come under bondage and self-condemnation, thinking that the trials are due to sin or bad choices. Sure, we should examine our hearts when the storms come in case we have left a door open to the devil. However, apart from the above, we need to realize that bad times will come and we need to be prepared for the valley experiences of life.

If you can understand that these positive and negative aspects of life are a given, then I believe we can better equip ourselves to cope with the bad times when they come.

This teaching serves as an exhortation to every believer experiencing a season of negative circumstances and I want to encourage you by telling you that it does not matter what your situation is; you may even think this is the end of the road and that you will never be able lift your head up again. But God has not given up on you. God is not through with you.

Psalm 23:24 - Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.

Here is another promises God has made :

2 Chronicles 16:9 - For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

God has not given up on you and He never wants you to give up on yourself so do not give up on yourself. Even if the situation seems hopeless, never give up on your dreams and your goals. Jesus is our hope in a hopeless situation. Yes, storms come - but He takes us through the storms of life. We will come out of adversity victorious and strong!

Faith is the key

In order to live a victorious life in spite of negative circumstances, we must co-operate with the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Faith brings you hope in the good times and the bad times. Remember, God wants you to appropriate your miracle by faith. Faith says "regardless of the circumstances, God is my source, God is my provider."

God wants us to appropriate His provision and His blessings by faith on a daily basis. This is regardless of whether we have our own provision or not. That is living by faith. We do not rely up our own abilities, or on our own strength, or our own resources but we rely totally on Him.

Jesus taught us to pray like this "..give us this day our daily bread.."

We see this so often in the times we are living in. People do not need God - they have their own provision, they have their own strength and their own ability. When the bad times come, though, they fall. Why? Because they did not exercise their faith in the good times. How are they going to appropriate God's provision, by faith, in the bad times?

Remember, good times are a fact of life, bad times are a fact of life. How then should we live?

The Bible tells us to live by faith. So practice living by faith in the good times so that when the bad times come you will know how to be victorious.

How not to exercise faith

Judges 6:3-6; 36-40 - So it was, whenever Israel had sown, Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. Then they would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels were without number; and they would enter the land to destroy it. So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. So Gideon said to God, "If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said- look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said." And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, "Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew." And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.

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