The Silent Christian Epidemic Of Struggle: Destroying Purpose & Passion In The Believer
The Silent Christian Epidemic of Struggle: Destroying Purpose & Passion In The Believer
Struggle, commonly known as “the silent Christian epidemic”, is an infectious disease caused by symptomatic discouragement, discontentment, and promise delay. Symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the spiritual mental and heart condition of patient. Symptoms include negative thoughts, cycle behaviors, intense frustration, anger, irritation, despair, lashing out, depression, doubt, unbelief, negativity, mental breakdown, intense spiritual warfare, and in most extreme cases, spiritual death. Although, highly contagious after comparing yourself or your life to the life of another, or after one feels overwhelmed with the process of destiny, this epidemic is highly containable. Most remedies include a mind transfer, of old thinking (living from what you see) to new thinking (living from what God said). Unfortunately, many patients are unable to transform their thinking due to the environmental inhibitors (demonic stressors and suggestions) that prevent one from experiencing a change of perception.
Struggle: to make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction (google.com)
It attacks your thoughts, ultimately destroying the trajectory of your life. It starts with the simple symptom of frustration and leads to ultimate despair. There are few survivors, as many of its victims stay in limbo (no progress or limited growth) for years. In mild cases, a person may become discontent with their life, dreams, goals, and aspirations. In severe cases, a person may suffer intense discouragement which encages them into a cycle of failure.
Right now, it seems like everyone is going through something overwhelming in life. Just this week alone, I’ve watched people lose their homes, lose their jobs, lose a family member, struggle for financial stability, and so much more! One day, I just broke down in tears, simply frustrated with everything I saw and felt around me. I felt so overwhelmed by “the struggle”, not just for myself, but for others who I know love God with all their heart. They’re not making reckless decisions or living above their means, they have simply decided to represent Jesus, and literally all “hell” broke lose.
Have you been there? You’re heart’s desire was simple, just do Jesus! And, as soon as you made that decision, it seemed like all “hell” broke lose in your life. Perhaps, you once had everything under control and now it seems like you’re not in control of anything. It’s “the struggle”. It’s the epidemic in the church that everyone is experiencing, but no one is addressing. And, it is stealing dreams, killing seeds of the heart, and ultimately destroying the faith walk of a CHRISTian!
Have you ever asked God how you are supposed to be a light to others, when your world seems so dark? How you want to advance and grow, but at times, it feels and seems like all doors are closed? Have you ever wondered, when your day of blessing and recompense will come? If it will even come?
If you’ve asked any of these questions, you are not alone. The truth is that we all suffer from time to time, but God gave me a different perspective on “the struggle disease”. He said that the issue is not that we are struggling, the issue is that we see “the struggle” before we see “the him (God)”. We spend all our time praying and asking God to hear us, when he already heard us. He already knew our days and what they would look like and we sit back and question if in his infinite ability, “did he forget about us?”
Today, I thought about how parents will do anything for their children. Why? Because they love their children and nothing makes time more fulfilled in life than, seeing their own children happy. Most parents will work two and three jobs or go out of the way to make sure their child has EVERYTHING they need or desire. I thought to myself, if that happens in the natural, and God made that design, how can we ever doubt God’s ability to take care of us?
After pondering my own situations, I began to think about how when a situation arises is my first response “God, I don’t know how I am going to handle this?” or is it “God, I was made to handle and win situations like this, so I can impact the lives of others!”
The cure for struggle is a “mind transformation”. We live in the world, but we are not a part of it! We are not subject to the same rules and principles with God’s favor, unmerited favor, and love! The solution for struggle is to see yourself from God’s perspective. There is nothing he would not do for his children, but his solutions are often contrary to the world’s solutions.
I’m reminded of a story in the bible where a woman prepared her last meal for herself and her son because she had no income, and no means of supplying food for the both of them anymore. I believe her husband had died, and she was in a bad situation. She was in “the disease of struggle”. She was affected by something that was out of her control that left her in a bad situation. A prophet came along and asked to eat. And, for some strange reason, she gave him her last meal. As she did that, God filled all the empty jars and containers in her home with oil. Oil that she could sell and live off of for the rest of her life. The oil that God miraculously provided was more than enough to take care of herself and her son for as long as they lived. As I reflected on this story, God reminded me that we often expect God’s solutions to our problems to come the way the world says they should come. For example, we expect that if we work hard, we will make sufficient money. But, that is far from the truth. God solutions does not come from the wisdom of this world. In fact, often what he instructs you to do will go against everything the world tells you to do. Why? Because you have to choose whether you are going to be a part of God’s wisdom or the world’s wisdom. Many Christians get into trouble because they attempt to infuse the two, when they are not to be mixed.
If you want to be a part of the cure, the answer is “there is no struggle in Jesus”. We win from God’s perspective, and what the world counts as a loss, God makes it a gain. Yeah, you lost a job, you’ll get another one! You lost a home, you’ll get a better one! You lost a relationship, and it’s okay because it wasn’t the best for you! You lost a loved one, but they are in heaven “healed and absolutely whole”. You don’t have enough money, but somebody somewhere doesn’t have any money! And I could go on and on!
End your struggle today!
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