As a believer, you don’t go around expecting bad things to happen to you. Because you know God loves you and you trust His Word, you’re always expecting something good! Yet as long as you live in this fallen world, from time to time trouble will come knocking on your door. And when it does, you can overcome it. You can turn that trouble into a testimony. Here are some points to get you there:

Don’t get upset and discouraged when things go wrong.

John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (New International Version).

Ask God in faith for whatever you need.

Mark 11:24: “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

If the trouble persists, don’t give up; double up on the Word.

Proverbs 4:20-21: “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.”

Stick with it until your heart is so full of the Word it overflows through your mouth.

Matthew 12:34-35: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”

Keep standing in faith until the victory comes.

1 John 5:4: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

*Article taken from April 2015 issue of BVOV Magazine. Read the PDF version here.

Gloria Copeland is internationally known as an author, teacher and minister of the gospel. She and her husband, Kenneth, co-founded Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas in 1967. Gloria preaches worldwide the truth and freedom she has found in God, sharing honest, straightforward messages about how the Word of God has taken her from a life of failure and defeat to a life of victory. As a wife, mother, grandmother and vice president of an international ministry, Gloria is well-acquainted with the challenges people face today and is well-equipped to show them where to find answers to success and the fulfillment of God’s plan for their lives.