4 Ways to Make It in Tough Times

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When it comes to following Jesus, emotion will not sustain our devotion. If we want to make it in tough times, we have to establish deep roots in our walks with Jesus.

As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. (Matthew 13:20-21)

In Matthew 13:20-21, Jesus uses an agricultural metaphor to describe a spiritual reality all of us have experienced. For days or weeks after a powerful church service, we feel like we could charge hell with a water pistol. Then, we get that phone call we wish we hadn’t answered or the text we weren’t expecting.

When it comes to following Jesus, emotion will not sustain our devotion. If we want to make it in tough times, we have to establish deep roots in our walks with Jesus.

Note: These are not four ways to be a better Christian or to be spiritually superior! These four things are the keys to staying connected to God when our emotion is waning:

1. Read your Bible.

If you’re already thinking of reasons why you don’t have time, take a deep breath. This week, give the Bible 10 minutes of your day, everyday. It will change the rest of your days!

When we see what God says, we're more likely to do what God wants.

2. Church attendance

For a Christian, church attendance should never come down to a coin flip. When we're connected to the Church, we're connected to Jesus because Jesus is the head of the Church (Colossians 1:18).

3. Serving

If you want to be great, you have to serve (Matthew 20:26).

Serving in a local church does something in our spiritual muscles that nothing else can accomplish. When we begin to serve others, we become more like Jesus. He did not come to be served, but to serve.

4. Community

We need other people in our lives, because we can't do life alone. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.”

Joining a Group and starting to serve are great ways to build friendships with other Christians.

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