By Pst Olusanya Korede
TEXT:1 Corinthians: 10. 13. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Let us define all the key words for proper understanding.
What is Wisdom?
Wisdom is the Law of God applied. Wisdom is seeing the situation from God perspective. Wisdom is the correct application of knowledge.
What is thriving?
Thriving is an adjective derived from the word Thrive. It means To Prosper, be fortunate or successful. It also means to grow or develop vigorously or flourish.
For something to be termed Difficult means not easy; needing effort or skill to do or to understand.
What is Time?
Times is talking about season.
Putting all these definitions together we could say we want to find out Gods way of prospering in a season that is not easy.
Life is in times and seasons and God wants us to prosper in difficult seasons. 2 Corinthians: 4. 8. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
Difficult Seasons won’t last forever if we know how to truncate it. Our inability not to know how to truncate will make the difficult seasons to be prolonged.
To come out prosperous in a difficult season is not so much of God’s doing but ours.
What is God’s Wisdom for Thriving in Difficult Times?
A. Acknowledge God: Psalm: 14. 1. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good”.
Psalm: 75. 6. “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another”.
Acknowledge that God is bigger than any situation you are in. Acknowledge that God is able to change the difficult times.
B. Acknowledge Yourself:
To acknowledge yourself is to look within yourself, not for pity or with regret but with the consciousness of ability and capacity God has placed in you to overcome difficult times. Look inward – to see all the gifts and talents you have. You can’t handle difficult seasons without acknowledging your gifts and talents.
Acknowledgement of yourself begins with the realization that Gifts and Talents are deposited into your life for your advancement. Joseph would have died in the prison if not that He acknowledged his gifts and Talents. Proverbs: 18. 16. “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”.
Re-evaluate your life whether you are in purpose. You can predict a man’s future by his awareness of his purpose. Living your life on Purpose has capacity to shorten the tenure of your difficult seasons.
Look backward– to learn the lessons from your past and experiences. Stop looking at your past with regrets and condemnation. The Truth is that your past has valuable lessons to teach you as you advance into your future. Pick the Lessons and move on. You further imprison your today and elongate your difficult season when you refuse to pick and live by the lessons of your past.
Look forward– to see a glorious future ahead of you. Difficult times is not an end, it is a bend. Your Tomorrow shall be better than your today if you will look optimistically to your future. Don’t give up on your tomorrow because of the Happenings of today and yesteryears.
Your attitude to what you are going through is better than what you are going through. Acknowledge what you have left. Be creative in using what you have left. Whatever God has already given to you will create anything else he has promised you.
You always have enough to create more. Don’t allow difficult times to make you bitter rather let it make you better.
Acknowledge your environment. Who do you have around you? What do you have around you? 2 Kings: 4. “Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 2. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. 3. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full”
In difficult Times you have got to change.
a. What you are doing: Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Change your Approach to your Business and Career particularly if they have not been good enough.
b. What you are saying. Numbers: 13. 30. “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it”.
Proverbs: 18. 21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Stop talking defeat. Start saying what you want to see. Your words are the vehicle to your future. Winners never magnify their personal weaknesses.
c. What you are listening to.
In difficult times, you need to watch what you listen to. Words have capacity to build up or tear down. In difficult times, you need words of encouragement and not words that births or promote hopelessness.
You also need to change who you are listening to. Choose to only listen to faith filled words. In difficult times, listening to the word of God regularly is a great asset.
d. What you know.
Go after fresh information. Information has capacity to lift you out of difficulties. Please know that the purpose of God for every difficult season is not to kill but to teach you. Change your belief System, what you believe has created your present circumstances.
3. Reach out:
Philippians: 2. 4. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Reaching out to others negate the wisdom of men because men believe that you should rather look at yourself than others in difficult times.1 Corinthians: 1. 25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians: 3.19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. –
Reach out to someone close to you who is hurting.
One of the greatest mistake you can make in difficult Times is to believe and behave as if you are the only one that needs help.
1 Samuel: 30. 10. But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor. 11. And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water; 12. And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 13. And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick. 14. We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire. 15. And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company. 16. And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. 17. And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.
What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. When you open your hands to help other, God opens his hands to reward you. Postponing the help you can give to others will lead to the postponement of your own blessings.
Proverbs: 3. 27. “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it”. Your Reaction to someone in trouble determine God’s reaction to you the next time, you are in trouble
4. Recognize the Power of Seed Sowing.
Galatians: 6. 7. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Don’t stop Sowing in difficult seasons. A farmer that plants during dry season with irrigation will be prosperous than the farmer waiting for rain. The Tendency is to want to stop sowing seed during difficult season but don’t stop. Don’t wait for favourable conditions. Ecclesiastes: 11. 4. He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
Your work is a seed, get to the grind, work hard, work smart. Give to the work of God, and give to others. A seed is anything you possess that can help someone else achieve their dreams and goals. You are Somebody’s harvest. A harvest is whatever God can do that will help you achieve your dreams and goals. When your seed leaves your hand, your harvest will leave the warehouse of heaven. Your seed is the only influence you have over your future.
5. Examine the Relationships in your life.
Understand and take advantage of Relationships you have in your life. When God wants to bless you, He bring a person into your life. When Satan wants to destroy you, he brings a person into your life. Avoid unproductive
Relationships. Friendship is not by force but by choice. Your Relationship with God is crucial. Your relationship with your Pastor is Important. 2 Chronicles: 20. 20. And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
The worth of every relationship should be determined by its contribution to your priorities and goals.
Pst Olusanya Korede is the Lead Pastor at Kingdom Influence Church, Lagos, Nigeria