Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Going Through Trials.....

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Every one of us has gone through ~ or is going through ~ difficult times. But don’t let yourself get discouraged during those times. God gives trials to us to make them stronger in the Lord…and He never makes us go through them alone. He does not want us to be baby Christians; but He wants us to grow in the Lord.

When we overcome one trial with the grace of God we will be able to minister to others who go through similar trials. If we are filled with anger and bitterness or insist on complaining and blaming God, things tend to turn from bad to worse. If you go through the trials with thankfulness and praise to God, then you are learning, growing, and gaining strength through it.

God is our Father and we are His children. So He will not allow anything to happen to us without His knowledge. During each trial, if we put our trust in the Lord then he will give us the strength to go through our time of testing.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Praise the Lord!

When you go through a trial you need to know that you are not alone, and that He is with you and His promises are with you. This will give you the strength to overcome the trial.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

I can’t think of one single personal trial that did NOT make my faith grow deeper and bring me closer to God. Even though many of the trials itself was very intense, I held onto those promises of God that He would never leave me, nor forsake me.

Ladies, if you are going through a difficult time, take it to the Lord in prayer, but don't carry the burden alone. Let Psalm 55:22 give you hope.

Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Trials can be a purifying fire and a cleansing water. God doesn’t want us to get burnt or drowned in the problems ~~ He wants us to be refined and renewed.

1 Peter 1:6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

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