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Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 3
Date:  Mon, June 01, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  Coping with the Tough Times - Habakkuk 1:12-17 
"To be forewarned is to be forearmed."
This principle is clearly taught throughout the Scriptures. God always equips His people to face and to conquer adversity. The road from earth to glory is marked with sufferings, hardships, difficulties. Our Lord walked the via dolorosa (the way of suffering ), for us and now we follow in His footsteps. He warned us in Jn, 16:33 that in this world we would have trouble. His apostles followed the same theme. ( 1Peter 4:12; James 1:2 ) The Lord also made it clear that He has conquered the world, the grave and the devil. Through Him we are more than conquerors. Because of the Scriptures we have a different perspective on trials and the stings. We see them as our friends and not our foes. We see the gains and not just the pain. God's truth, when understood and applied will always defeat our problems and enemies. That's why our minds must be renewed daily by the Holy Spirit and God's Word. (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:1-2; Isaiah 26:3) Then alone we will have the "high view," on the earthly trials. Healthy minds think God's thoughts and produce healthy lives. We must stand on His truth, no matter what. In times of uncertainty, we are certain of God and His promises. ( 2 Timothy 1:12; Matthew 24:35 ) When we focus on God's attributes and His promises, the attention shifts from the problem to the solution, from the need to the supplier. If we belong to God, we have ground for assurance, confidence that He will take great care of us. ( Psalm 34:8,19;Romans 8:31,35-37 )  Keep in mind that God is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him. ( Hebrews 11:6 ) Stand on the promises that cannot fail.