Trials, Part 2

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:21-22

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

In this world we will face all kinds of trials, and we should be wary of any suggestion that we shouldn’t have to face them because the Lord said we will have tribulations. The encouragement He is giving is simply this: You’re going to face trials, but GOD is greater than any problem you will face in this world!

TRIALS TEST THE STRENGTH OF OUR FAITH

God doesn’t need to know by testing what was in our hearts. He already knows. God tests us so we can find out.

TRIALS HUMBLE US

Trials remind us not to think too highly of our spiritual strength. The thorn in Paul’s side. Christ: My grace is sufficient for you.

Please visit again tomorrow for the last segment of this commentary on trials.

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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