Extracting Life From Your Challenges

Extracting Life From Your Challenges

by Steve Backlund


In 2 Peter 1:4, it says that we have been given exceedingly great and precious promises. Through these promises, we might participate in the divine nature and a supernatural life.  One of the greatest of these promises is Romans 8:28:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

This scripture has special meaning to all of us.  It says that whatever happens to us, whether it is a choice that we made or something out of our control, God can turn it to incredible good when we commit ourselves to His purpose.  What a blessing!  

This applies to:

...difficult childhoods

...addictive behaviors

...things that happen to us or around us

...things happening in our nation

...and many more

In general, this scripture brings hope that something good is going to happen!  What would happen if we tried "working out" this belief in life?  At Igniting Hope Ministries, we have developed what we call Beliefs Trainers.  We especially use them during our Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast, which starts on February 14, 2018, for 40 days (scroll below to learn more). 

My vision is that the world would catch a hold of the passion to work-out our beliefs and that this passion would exceed even the discipline of exercising our physical body.  Bodily exercise is so important, and our physical, emotional, and mental health definitely profit from the workouts; but what if exercising our beliefs could be even more profitable to our overall health?  What if exercising our beliefs has even more value because it also positively impacts our descendants?  

I’ve been thinking about what beliefs to work out.  We understand from physical weight-lifting, that as we push against resistance, we build muscle and increase strength.  What if the same thing holds true for our belief-systems?  Muscle is built in the spirit realm when we experience resistance against our joy, resistance against our dreams, resistance against our abundant life.  Those things in themselves have something in them.  All things work together for good.  So, what I’ve been doing is taking inventory of my emotions when I wake up in the morning.  When I find areas that I feel fear, worry, or frustration, I flip my mindset to see them as something that I can extract life from. The key is to ask, “Lord, what are you doing in me that is connected to that?”  “What can I extract out of this challenge in life or in my emotions?”

For example, what if I wake up in the morning and I feel like a failure?  Maybe I have a situation in my life that says I am failing, but the Word says that I am:

...more than a conqueror

…going to prosper in all things

…can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

By pressing against that negative feeling of failure, I have an opportunity to extract powerful good from that circumstance.  I make war with scriptural truths.  I make war with scriptural truths.  Resisting, then, actually strengthens my faith muscle.

One of the keys to successful living is to ask God these two questions:

  • What are you doing in me that is related to the frustration, fear, or negative emotion that I am having?  
  • And what truth are You building in me that is going to be so good for my future? 

Remember, there are no hopeless circumstances, there are only hopeless people.  Once people get true hope, the circumstances can’t stay the same.

Join us for 40 days of hope-infusing beliefs!

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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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