Steven Furtick

 

When you can’t change your circumstances, change your concentration. Peter walked on water until his concentration broke (Matthew 14:22-33). Once he took his eyes off Jesus and saw the wind and the waves, he began to sink. Likewise, if you concentrate on your circumstances, your soul will sink. But if you can concentrate on the Creator, fixing your eyes on Jesus and all that you have to be grateful for, you can rise above any situation.

Glen Argan

If I have the eyes of faith, I will look for the action of the Holy Spirit in every event which stirs a positive or negative reaction in me. I will ask how God is trying to move my life through this event. Perhaps the event will stir me to gratitude, perhaps even to yearn for a fuller union with God in heaven. Or perhaps it will show me my own impatience, my own willingness to judge others, my cowardice, my own twisted love of material things. Here I will find a call to repent and to detach myself from the idolatry which gives rise to such behavior. Or perhaps, I will be surprised by my own generosity in a situation when I am often not so generous. Then, I may have some consolation in knowing that not all is lost, that the Spirit does move through me.

Andrew Murray

Do not try to stir and arouse faith from within. How often I have tried to do that, and made a fool of myself! You cannot stir up faith from the depths of your heart. Leave your heart, and look into the face of Christ, and listen to what He tells you about how He will keep you.

Winnie Banov

When facing life’s troubles, Paul lists three instructions:

1) Be joyful in hope.
2) Be patient in affliction.
3) Be faithful in prayer.

While counter-intuitive to the natural man, this reaction is natural for the believer. It comes by the incredible privilege of having a daily relationship with Christ. No matter what we are facing, when He is our treasure, we find the grace that is needed bubbling up in our souls. Instead of passive hopelessness, we find ourselves active and secured by an enduring, steadfast, unshakeable, supernatural, blood-bought strength. Instead of retreating, we’re able to pray and release God’s love, power, and answers for ourselves and for those around us.