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Trials and Tribulations - A blessing in disguise

One of the most difficult parts of the Christian life is the fact it does not make us immune to trials and tribulations.

Why would a good and loving God allow us to go through such things as the death, disease and injury, financial hardships, worry and fears?

The Bible clearly teaches that God loves us, and He “works all things together for our good.” So that mean that all trials must have a divine purpose.

God’s ultimate purpose for us is to grow more and more in His image. It is part of the process of sanctification, being set apart for God’s purpose.

1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Trials develop godly character, and that enables us to "rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us”

Jesus Christ set the perfect example. "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us". Persevering proves our faith. "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

Trials and tribulations come with both a purpose and a reward.

James 1:2-4 & 12 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith, produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Through all of life’s trials we have the victory. "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ." Although we are in a spiritual battle, Satan has no authority over the believer in Christ.

God has given us His Word to guide us, His Holy Spirit to enable us, and the privilege of coming to Him anywhere, at any time, to pray about anything. He has also assured us that no trial will test us beyond our ability to bear it, and “he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” Amen!

God Bless you, Israel

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