4 Honest Experiences to Help You Overcome Your Trials and Become Christlike

Become Christlike

A realization hit me awhile ago while I was sitting a fireside for women by my Stake President, President Suhaka. That Christ is very relatable. He experienced things we experience (although at a much higher degree). I know Christ is there for us, but we can get instant access to how he handled all of the trials we are going through.  We just have to open our scriptures. Here’s 4 honest experiences to help you overcome your trials, or challenges, and become more like Christ.

Come unto Christ

Every challenge we go through is meant to help us become like Christ.

If every challenge is meant to help us become like Christ then we need to figure out two things:

  1. When did Christ experience a similar challenge?
  2. Which attribute did He use to get through it?

We come to Christ by gaining his attributes. As stated in Corinthians – We should ‘covet earnestly the best gifts.’ The best gifts would be those of the spirit – the attributes of Christ. This is the only time it’s okay to covet. 🙂

So here’s 4 challenges Christ experienced in the scriptures that we can relate to our own challenges.

Experiences

1.Loneliness

Ever feel like you’ve been left alone? There’s no purpose anymore. You aren’t receiving any answers. Feeling like the heavens were closed.

If we turn to Matthew 27:46, it reads:

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Christ is asking the Father, ‘Why hast thou forsaken me?’  

Christ definitely feels alone during this extremely difficult trial in His life.

Although the heavens were closed to Christ, the attribute he has here is unyieldingness. He did not give in to His own will; he fulfilled the Father’s willl.

Christ kept going back to prayer again and again, then fasting until the heavens were opened.

2.Inadequacy / Guilt

Ever feel inadequate or guilt?

Let’s read in Matthew 26:37-44

37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.

44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Christ has complete submission to the Father. We can turn our inadequacy and guilt over to God; submit to His will.

We can have humility to ask for help.

Trust in God’s will – you can do it if He tells you that you can. He believes in you.

We can offer service – maybe he was relieving his own troubles by checking on someone else.

3.Feeling Stuck

How do I better wait upon The Lord?

Let’s read Mark 1:11-13

11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

This happened right after Christ is baptized. The spirit took him to His waiting place, the wilderness. It is God’s plan for us – to take us to our ‘wilderness,’ or waiting place. While we are in our waiting place, God always sends angels to help during our waiting period.  This waiting place could be singlehood or in-between jobs or a number of things. It could also happen right after a spiritual experience. We have to remember we are not alone.

Remember the spirit you felt before you were in the waiting place, you are still a good person, you’re not in trouble or a bad person, it’s actually the opposite – you are beloved. Christ wasn’t ready to be Christ, he needed 40 says to get ready. The reason is always us – we aren’t ready. When we ‘wait’ upon The Lord, we are serving The Lord.

4.Believing Satan’s Lies

How to not believe the lies that Satan tells us. Things like, we aren’t good enough, we’ll never achieve our true potential.

Let’s read Luke 4:3-13, right after Christ finished fasting for 40 and 40 nights:

3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:

11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

Christ showed confidence, he referred back to scriptures he knew.

Christ is empowered because he knows the scriptures. God put him where he should be even though he was tempted. He was still able to discern truths.

We will still be tempted, but we can rely on the truths we know. We can continue to study the scriptures and learn to become more like Christ.

I never would have guessed this, but my Stake President was severely depressed years ago. The way he overcame this deep depression was by having his wife whisper ‘truth statements,’ to him every night and he’d repeat them before going to sleep. It was things like, I know God lives, I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, I know this illness will end someday, etc.

With truth comes light and the spirit.

Moroni 10:32

Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

Come unto Christ, and ye cannot deny the power of God.

Christ lived so we could live our lives like His. Gain his attributes. I hope you’ll continue to find more examples of how Christ is so relatable and discover His attributes so you can become more like Him.

What are some of Christ’s other attributes that you’ve already gained or want to gain?

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