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How To Survive Your Trials, Troubles and Tribulations

Nowadays, we are living in a troublesome and perilous times. For one thing, the Covid-19 virus has been raging like wildfire in our midst. Many people have died or are dying in many places throughout the world because of this virus.

There are also floodings, fires, calamities, and other natural disasters in many places of the world. Needless to say, many people have been depressed, fearful and scared, and very anxious and have lost their will to live.

Now, allow me to define trouble. Trouble is a distressing or difficult circumstance of situation.or problem Tribulation- a cause of great trouble or suffering. Everybody has experienced trials, troubles, or tribulations in varying degrees. Some have more serious problems or troubles than others.

A good example of God's servant in the Scriptures who suffered various troubles and tribulations is St. Paul. In 2 Cor.6:3:10, St. Paul says, "We cause no one to stumble in anything in order that no fault may be found with our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonment, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left; through glory and dishonor, insult and praise. We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful; as unrecognized and yet acknowledged; as dying and behold we live; as chastised and yet not put to death, as sorrowful and yet not put to death, as sorrowful yet, always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things.".

St. Paul gives us a picture of the hardships in his ministry. However, St. Paul never gave up in his works of preaching the good news of Salvation in the name of Jesus. When you promise to really follow the Lord and do His will, no matter what, chances are all hell will break loose. It's because Satan, the prince of this "world" whom Jesus described as "the Father of lies" is "always looking for someone to devour." --(cf. 1 Peter 5:8).

Is God the author of problems and tribulations, troubles, and difficulties? Let's look at Job. Job was a righteous man and he loved God. God was No.1 in his life. One day, Satan had asked the Lord to sift Job like wheat. Satan quipped, "Job praises you because you bless him tremendously. Let me handle him and he will curse you to your face." -- Job 2:5. After God gave permission to the devil to handle Job, Job loses everything: his health, his children, his livestock, his wealth, his crops, his friends, even his relationship with his wife. His wife told Job to curse God and die. What did Job do? He didn't curse God as the devil had hoped. Instead, he praised the name of the Lord!! In Job 1:20-22, we read, "Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshipped. He said, " Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." And in all this, Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing." Eventually Job had regained almost everything that he had lost.

Jesus says, "In this world, you will have troubles and tribulations. But take heart, I have conquered the world." He did not promise us a rose garden, but He promised us that troubles and tribulations would come. However, He promised also that He will see to it that we would go through with our trials, troubles and tribulations unscathed if we will only believe and trust in Him. He promised "deliverance" to His people. t. James asserts, in James 1:2-4, "Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials for you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance, and let perseverance be perfect so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

God allows trials, troubles and tribulations to come for a purpose: for us to be closer to Him and to rely on Him totally. God gives His Word to us: In Isaiah 43:2-5, "When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers, you shall not drown: when you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior! "He will never forsake you nor destroy you." -Deut. 4:31

Steps on how to survive these troubles and tribulations:

  1. Give praise to the Lord always- Psalm 136:11. "Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."--1 Thess. 5:16-18. Praise Him not because of the troubles and tribulations, but of what will God do to make you a better person, more understandable, and understanding, more compassionate and charitable, more fervent and kind, more Christ-like, more loving, just as gold is tried by fire. in 1 Peter 412-13, St. Peter says, "Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when His glory is revealed, you may also rejoice exultantly."

  2. Pray and ask the Lord for strength and wisdom in order for you to withstand the troubles and tribulations that you are facing. Do not give up easily. We should always remember that Jesus is our Deliverer, our Help in time of needs. "Ask and you shall receive, knock and the door will be opened unto you, seek and you shall find." Matt. 7:7. When we pray, we should implement the PUSH principle, "Pray Until Something Happens."

  3. Rely on the Lord to supply all of your needs. Jesus says, " Come to me all those who find this life burdensome, and I will give you rest." - Matt. 11:28. Ask the Holy Spirit to fortify your mind, body, soul, and spirit. He is the "Comforter," the "Advocate," the "Sanctifier." Every second of our life, especially when you have trials, troubles, and tribulations, ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom, guidance, and comfort. After all, He is our strength and shield.

  4. Do your best in all difficult situations and give the results of your efforts to the Lord. We should always remember, that for God, nothing is impossible at all. God wants what is best for us. In 2 . Cor. 1:3-4, St. Paul says," Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received."

  5. Follow the leadings or promptings of the Holy Spirit always. Jesus says in John 14:16-17, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever---the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it never sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him because He lives with you and will be in you." When we obey the promptings and leadings of the Holy Spirit, we will see and experience great and mighty things far beyond our imaginations.

Indeed, we can find comfort, guidance, power, and strength in the Lord during these challenging and difficult times. "For with God, nothing is impossible at all."--Luke 1:37.



Healings abound amid record charismatic crowd

BY RICHARD DUNSTAN



Bob Canton waved one hand over his audience. "How many of you have raised the dead?" he asked. As 1,300 people looked back at him, the church was silent except for a few nervous chuckles.

"That," Canton said after an uncomfortable pause, "is why the dead stay dead."

Canton was smiling, but he wasn't kidding. The 66-year-old Catholic lay preacher wants everybody to know that the same Jesus who healed the sick and raised the dead 2,000 years ago will do the same today, if only we will take him seriously.

Canton, a former member of the Vatican-based International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services council, was one of two featured speakers at the Vancouver archdiocesan charismatic conference Sept. 21-22, sharing the bill with Dr. Mary Healy, a leading Catholic Bible scholar. The annual conference drew its largest crowd ever to Broadway Church, a Pentecostal Assemblies building approved by the archdiocese for Catholic events.

Nobody raised any dead people, but there was no shortage of reports of the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, and the lame walking, as Canton called those in need of healing to the front of the church after two of his three talks. Healy and local volunteers joined in praying for the sick at the larger of the healing services, near the end of the conference.

One of the volunteers was Carol Jones of Kelowna, who was co-emcee for the event. She watched as Healy prayed for a woman in a wheelchair. The woman's daughter said radiation for bone cancer had given her a spinal fracture. "She stood up out of the wheelchair and walked, assisted by Dr. Healy," Jones said. "She wept as she continually said to her daughter and husband, ‘I can stand up straight again, I can stand up straight again!' She then proceeded to walk a ways up the aisle and back again, alternating between smiles and tears of joy."

Others left canes or walkers behind as they walked the aisles of the church. Canton prayed over one woman who asked to be healed of blindness; then he stepped back and asked her to mimic a series of his hand movements. Her gestures, near-perfect mirror images, were visible all over the church. Canton also took hearing aids out of people's ears and spoke to them in a low voice, getting them to repeat his words.

When conference organizers ran out of time for the healing service, some of the crowd followed Canton into the church hallway, where he continued praying for the sick.

Canton was born in the Philippines but came to the United States in 1973 and now lives in Stockton, Calif. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit – the crucial experience in the charismatic renewal – in 1984, and has had a travelling healing ministry since 1990, visiting 51 countries. But he's careful to say who really does the healings: "I am not a healer," he told the conference. "I only pray for healing, and leave the result to the Lord."

He devoted most of his talks to ways of eliminating all the factors that block the success of prayer for healing, ranging from unforgiveness to sinful lifestyles to superstitions and occult practices. He also said we need to take care of our health in the normal, common-sense way in addition to praying for healing; otherwise, "we can pray until the cows come home."

Healy, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, also spoke on healing. "Jesus is alive, and he's here to heal us and deliver us," she said, and we are commissioned by him to do the same. "It's kind of astounding how we have neglected and passed over this element in the mission of Our Lord."

She said the current crisis of sexual abuse in the Church is part of that healing process and is like bringing cockroaches into the light: "He (Jesus) is allowing that darkness to come to light so that it can be healed."

Archbishop Michael Miller celebrated the concluding Mass and thanked the charismatic prayer groups of the archdiocese for their faithful witness to the Gospel. "You affirm the primacy of God in all things," he said. "Thank you for speaking to others of that great friendship (with Jesus.)"

There are more than two dozen charismatic prayer groups in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Vancouver and about 20 spread across the province's other four dioceses. For more information visit the Vancouver website vccrs.ca or the B.C. website, bccharismatic.ca.

Original article HERE