Why Do I Constantly Experience Setbacks?

Have you ever wondered why it feels like your life is always a series of crises and difficulties?

Lerma Gabane had.


The feeling was so strong that the question was engraved in her mind.

As a mom, caring for a growing family and managing a household is already challenging and exhausting.

For Lerma, thinking about their financial needs has also been a heavy burden, as her partner’s weekly earnings of Php 500 could never meet their daily necessities.


This struggle is shared by many families who face the difficulties of living without a stable and sufficient income.

If you find yourself in Lerma’s shoes, hold on and let her story help you discover how you can unlock God’s blessings for your life.

Faced with overwhelming challenges, she questioned why her life wasn’t improving despite her earnest efforts to bring about change.

“Lord, You said You love me, so why is it still like this? I’ve accepted You, thinking I would be lifted from hardship. What more is hindering me?” she would pray.

Do Lerma’s thoughts resonate with you?

Do you wonder why you are still suffering even after inviting Jesus into your life?

While there are various reasons why people suffer in life, Lerma discovered hers when one sleepless night she stumbled upon The 700 Club Asia and heard Peter Kairuz’s prayer.

As she joined the prayer, she was convicted when the host spoke about someone who was living a sinful lifestyle.

The Lord opened her eyes to realize that her setbacks were due to her sinful lifestyle—cohabiting with someone as her spouse outside the context of marriage.

You might be wondering how it became sinful when almost everyone does it today. However, the Word of God is clear on this matter.

As Hebrews 13:4 (NLT) says, “Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.

The Lord, the Author of marriage—not the patterns of the world nor the societal norms—holds the authority to define what is acceptable, moral, and righteous.

Upon realizing her position before the Lord, Lerma aspired to prioritize pleasing and obeying God.

After 11 years, she and her partner finally tied the knot, sealing their union under the blessing of marriage.

From that point onward, the Lord began to pour out His favor and blessings upon her and her household.

Her husband, who used to work as a contractual laborer, has finally secured regular employment. He earns more than triple his previous weekly income.

Before, they had to search for different apartments because they couldn’t settle the rental fee. Now, they are enjoying the comfort and peace of having their own home.

Additionally, their children have become responsible and compassionate, assisting them now that they have jobs of their own.

“I am super blessed. Just follow God. Hold onto His promises, and you will surely succeed in every aspect of life,” Lerma happily shared.

Truly, those who obey God will enjoy a harvest of blessings!

There may be hardships but the Lord is the One who will sustain, strengthen, and save everyone who chooses to obey Him.

“Thanks to the Lord, thanks to The 700 Club Asia. I truly gained lessons. The difficulties I’ve been through, it turns out, will strengthen me,” Lerma stated.

“How joyful are those who fear the Lord—all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be (Psalm 128:1-2, NLT).”

Do you also want to enjoy life with the blessings God has for you?

Choose to seek and follow Him! The key to unlocking God’s blessings is through obedience.

Following God’s will may seem daunting, but as you deepen your understanding of God, you will come to love obeying His commands.

On the other hand, disobedience brings curses, unnecessary heartbreaks, and troubles. When we neglect God’s commands, we are blocking the flow of blessings into our lives.

If today, you feel like nothing good is happening in your life—no growth, progress, or change—perhaps the Lord wants to address something in your heart.

We are here to help you lift your concerns and struggles to the Lord! The CBN Asia Prayer Center is available 24/7 to pray for you and with you.

Experience joy, regardless of the circumstances you face, as you deepen your relationship with the Lord.

If you would like to witness more stories of hope, transformation, miracle, and healing, you can watch The 700 Club Asia’s featured stories anytime, anywhere.

And if the Lord is prompting you to partner with us as we bring His love, joy, and hope to many other families and communities who are yet to hear and experience the Lord, we encourage you to partner with us!

Thank you so much for supporting our ministry! May God’s love and truth richly dwell in you, and may He grant you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed (Psalm 20:4).

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