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Written by Michelle Kavanagh   
Nov 20, 2008 at 05:54 AM

 

Why is it some feel Christians shouldn't struggle?


We've certainly read our share lately of Pastors, Priests and well known Christians who have fallen into temptation in one way or another. Yet, I've heard and read at times "A Christian shouldn't be struggling" or "I'm ashamed to go to God again with the same struggles". Sometimes I think we, especially those who have fallen, forget the fact that we are human and aren't beyond temptation and falling if we aren't careful:


1 Corinthians 10:11-12

These things happen to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!


So it's definintely possibly to become tired, weary and fall into temptation! But we also must remember the rest of the verse and the following one:


1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

 

Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

 

Sometimes we can go so long without struggling and we feel so peaceful and happy. Then an obstacle gets in our path and we begin to struggle. We stress about it and sometimes we give in. Sometimes we struggle so hard our armor (of God) becomes worn and dull and this is usually the time the enemy begins his attack and speaks his lies:

 

"Some Christian you are...still struggling!" "God can't possibly use you as His servant when you can't even get your act together." "You aren't good enough." "You are weak and worthless".

 

Yet when we read the Bible it tells us just the opposite!

Psalm 34:17-20

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones,       not one of them will be broken.

 

These verses prove just the opposite of what we sometimes think. The righteous man may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all! The Bible is full of people who have served God but fell at times to temptation. but God forgave them and took them back just as any parent would. Many times when we struggle we don't forgive ourselves. God forgives us but we can't. When we can't forgive ourselves, we then have no peace because then we just agree with the lies of the enemy about ourselves.

 

Some cry out for help to God but feel as though he isn't listening or they can't feel him or hear him anymore. That may be because he has told us many times what we need to do to overcome our problems but for some reason we fail to listen..He never turns away, he just waits patiently for us to finally hear him. Many even feel ashamed to go back to God after struggling over the same thing over and over. What if one of your children was struggling with something and you knew they were trying so hard to beat it but they continued to struggle and they came to you for help for the upteenth time? Would you turn away especially when you knew they were trying? No...and neither will God! How would you feel if that child came to you for help and you gave them comfort and advice but they turned away not listening nor following that advice because it wasn't fixing their situation immediately? You'd probably feel the same way as God does with us...a bit frustrated but still sad over your situation, waiting and hoping for you to listen. We know we would always be there for our children so what makes us sometimes think that God won't be there for us again? The Bible states the opposite:


Psalm 103:13-14

The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.  For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.

 

God knows our strengths and weaknesses and just as we go to him when we are strong, we must go to him when we are weak and tired as well:


"Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."


The one thing we must realize is that we can't try to solve our problems alone. We, alone, are powerless, but with Christ we are strong and the enemy knows this, that is why he tries to lead us away from Christ...away from the very one who can protect us and shield us through faith:


1 Peter 1:5-7:

"who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

 

So, you see, any burdens and struggles we may be going through is a test of faith. It doesn't mean we are bad Christians because we struggle, it means we are human and God knows our hearts. Job was a most righteous man, yet he wasn't beyond struggles and he was tested. How many more from the Bible can we come up with that struggled yet kept their faith through it all knowing that in God's time he would see them through.

When struggling, we must not withdraw and go through it alone, ashamed that we are struggling yet again. We must do just the opposite and go to God and seek help and support from others:


Psalm 62:5-8

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.


"Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."


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