We had a guest speaker Sunday morning, who shared her gripping testimony of being raped, surviving cancer and two near fatal accidents. Listen to her testimony in the video below after a few of my comments on how God uses trials. Caution...graphic details, not for young ears.
You think you have it bad! Well, maybe you do. Maybe your whole life has fallen in; dreams smashed, physical sufferings on the increase, financial losses, etc. So many people suffer and shake their fist at God, when, in reality, it is almost always Satan, in combo with the broken Adam nature.
And God is not just standing idly by. He knows what is going on in your life. So many times, He didn’t put it on you. But because He didn’t stop it, He’s doing something with it.
God actually uses our trials to help us, not hinder us. Let’s look at five ways He does that:
• To DIRECT you
• To INSPECT you
• To CORRECT you
• To PROTECT you
• To PERFECT you
James 1:2-4 (To direct you)
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let that endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Proverbs 20:30 (To inspect you)
Stripes that wound scour away evil, and strokes reach the innermost parts
Psalm 119:71-72 (To correct you)
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Genesis 50:20 (To protect you)
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
Romans 5:3-4 (To perfect you)
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint…
It’s hard to think that God actually helps us in our trials and tribulations. None of us votes for them, but looking through God’s perspective, you CAN get through them and on the other side of your mountains, is the glory of God!
NOW GO LIVE IT!
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