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Surviving Life's Trauma Faith that Overcomes

Surviving Life’s Trauma is a unique Bible study drawn from the depth of Scripture’s heritage. Each lesson ignites the truth in Scripture to fan the faith-flame in today’s chaotic world. Jesus warns us that “In this world you will have trouble” John 16:33. Trouble always catches us off our guard. Trouble is never convenient or invited. Many of our life challenges are not of our own making. Our deepest desire in those catastrophes is that they would just go away. The enemy of our souls throws the darts of pain, loss and sorrow intending to disrupt and destroy our peace. Only through our faith and trust in God can we journey through the valley of shadows because He is with us. Jesus did not warn us to cause us fear and anxiety. On the contrary He said; “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace” (John 16:33). He did not leave us hanging when He said we will have trouble. His explanation concludes with; “But, take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

When we face those life challenges beyond our understanding we are left with many questions. Within the books of First and Second Kings real people reveal the questions that tormented their souls. Their journey may mirror our own struggles through our challenging days of trauma.

Illustration one is found in 1 Kings 17:10-16; A widow that lost everything may have asked; How can I move on when there is no hope for my tomorrow?

Illustration two is found in 1 Kings 17:4-9. A minister crouches in a hideout because he feels there is no one left to support him. He may have questioned; How will I survive the loss of my ministry, reputation, faith?

Illustration three is found in 2 Kings 2:8-15. The young protégé lost his master and he had to choose to carry on or give up his career. The heartbreak of the death of his mentor, his spiritual leader was beyond his own strength. He wept and cried out; My father! My father!

Illustration four is found in 2 Kings 4:1-7. A heartless landlord wanted her sons in exchange for a debt she could not pay. What does one do when they are left destitute and no one seems to care?

As we study the valley of loss, grief and an uncertain future two prophets and two widows show us the pathway to overcoming the traumatic events of life. The common thread that makes each testimony relevant is faith in God. Each one has their story. Each one follows the same travail through faith. However, each one will reveal a pathway to not only survive but to overcome. Their examples are unique in their perspective trial. One may speak to your heart need deeper than the other. Yet each one has a distinctive revelation on how to survive. All of our stories are different. The only hope in those uncertain, challenging days is to know the only true Light and Guide is Jesus Christ.

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