Christian Life I—Struggling Well

What are the struggles to overcome in the Christian life?


Philippians 1:29
Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf
How does Paul view suffering?

1 John 1:8-10
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we haven’t sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
According to John, is it even possible to not sin anymore on this side of eternity? How does John suggest that we deal with sin as it arises? 

James 1:6
But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.
What is James saying about doubting? 

2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
What is the last command from Peter to us in his letters?

We must struggle well to...
  • Overcome suffering that can occur from being faithful to the Lord. (Phil. 1:29)
  • Resist and confess sin as soon as we are aware of it. (1 John 1:8-10)
  • Overcome doubt and replace it with bold faith backed by truth and reason. (Jam. 1:6)
  • Grow in our walk with the Lord and avoid stagnation and especially backsliding. (2 Pet. 3:18)


  • Why do you think God allows us to suffer and especially at times for no fault of our own?
  • How do you deal with sin in your life?
  • How is Christianity a reasonable faith vs blind belief? 
  • How do you overcome times of doubt?
  • What are some ways that you can help prevent stagnation and backsliding? 


For an article for overcoming struggles and doubt:


Don't miss the blessing.
The Lord may call us to suffer at times for reasons unknown. There are times where we need to embrace suffering and respond to Him: "Lord, I do not understand it but help me to learn, grow, and depend on you more through this". He might be preparing you for something.

"I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do."
— Corrie Ten Boom.