Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
During the apostles ministry there were good times and very bad times. People witnessed a paralyzed man who became healed because of his faith in Jesus Christ. People were so moved and in so awe of the Power of God, that they began to claim Paul and Barnabas were the Greek gods (Zeus and Hermes) incarnated.
However there were others who were so offended by the message of Jesus Christ, they stoned Paul and and left him for dead outside the city. Little did they understand that no one will disrupt Gods ultimate plan. No weapon formed against us shall prosper, even though Paul was beaten down, he shook the dust off and continued to press on to his higher calling
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Paul understood this during his ministry, he seen many miracles during his ministry, even meeting Jesus Christ face to face on the road to Damascus. However Paul also paid the price for his discipleship. He has been hated, beaten, imprisoned, and left for dead. However no matter how horrible his circumstances were , he pressed on towards his higher calling to serve Jesus Christ!
Don’t allow bad circumstances or troubles distract you from your higher calling also. God has called you and has a plan for you, trust in him to lead you!
Heavenly Father, we pray that we can trust in you , even during our worst times and tribulations, Father we ask you to continue to renew our strength in Jesus Name Amen!