Sometimes I remember my childhood and think about how simple life was. Even in middle and high school when the social drama and boy problems began, life was still more simplistic than I ever could’ve imagined. Yet for some odd reason, I was in a rush to grow up.

Now that I am an adult, I yearn for simpler times. Between mommy, work, home, destiny, and personal responsibilities, it’s so easy to become overwhelmed by life. Sometimes, I find myself desperately searching for a pause button. I just need a timeout. I just want to take a break without any consequences or worries about loss of time. Other times I just want to throw in the towel and quit. Seriously, so often I find myself thinking, why the hell am I doing all of this? Is it necessary for me to carry all of this weight? Maybe I’ll just leave this for someone else to do? Then I remember who I am.

Romans 8 lays it out in perfection. In me lives the Spirit of God. The same Spirit that lived in Jesus and raised Him from the dead…that Spirit gives me the ability to overcome all things in this world and succeed/prosper.

Despite having the Spirit of God with you at all times, life will indeed happen to you. And sometimes the blows, hardships, and losses of life can be overwhelming. I know from personal experience. My dreams and plans have been crushed and dissipated. Those I’ve loved have broken my heart. Surprise death has broken me to my core. My money all too often runs out before the end of the month. And sometime things (i.e. water, lights, gas, phone, internet) get cut off at the worst possible time. Despite the fact that life happens, we must remember not to ever give up.

Faith is our ability to believe despite what life looks like around us (Hebrews 11:1). Unfortunately, fear is also our ability to believe despite what life looks like around us. So what are you going to believe: your hopes or your worries? Who are you going to believe: God or the world?

No matter how bad things get or how awful they look, you must not lose your faith. Faith, the crazy belief in spite of, is the one thing that pleases God. As someone justified by the blood of Jesus, it’s our responsible to live in faith. Not doing so displeases God (Hebrews 10:38). We are not people who shrink back in fear, but we believe and are saved due to our believing. (Hebrews 10:39).

Having faith in the face of unbearable or even strenuous circumstances can be difficult. I personally have had my faith shaken in some tough situations, and I would have fainted and given up unless I believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13). As wonderful as the promise of the sweet by-and-by is, I don’t want to live in hell before I get to glory. So my faith is sustained by God’s promise that if I keep striving and fighting, not only will I get to glory, but I will also get a piece of heaven on this side of glory as well.

So keep fighting! Maintain your faith! And I promise, your faith will be rewarded in this life as well as the next.

This blog is based on my application of Sunday’s sermon delivered by Pastor Tommy Powell of New Birth Augusta. Please click here for more sermon notes.