Brian Houston teaches,

“In the face of life’s challenges, surround yourself with positive, faithfilled words that challenge the problem and focus on answers. Your environment is critical at such times. Carefully choose your friends, your counsel, and your place of worship. Avoid those whose belief system is devoid of answers or life’s everyday problems. Never accept the mindset that persecution and suffering are the will of God; they are the weapons of the devil who is hell-bent on distracting you from God’s amazing plan for you life.” – Brian Houston, How To Live A Blessed Life, Sydney: Maximised Leadership, 2002, pg 31.