Week 16 – Taft C.I.

“When troubles come your way, considered it an opportunity for great joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
– James 1: 2-4

No matter how successful we are, we all have challenges, struggles, and times when things don’t go our way. When calamity occurs, most of us automatically think that we have done something wrong and God must surely be punishing us.

We don’t understand that God has a divine purpose for every challenge that comes into our lives.
God does NOT send the problems, but sometimes He will allow for us to go through them.

Why is this? This question is something I turned into a mantra, asking God continually. Pleading for an answer until one day I received an answer. It clearly says in the bible that temptations, trials must come if we are to strengthen our spiritual muscles and grow stronger.

It’s in the tough times of our lives, which we find out what we are really made of. Hebrews 12:7 say that we need to: put up with hard times, because God uses them to train us. He is training us as we train our children.

So put on all, not some, but all Gods armor. Evil days will come, but we will be able to stand up to anything. After we have done all that we can, we will still be standing in faith.

We are all constantly facing trials, but they are intended to test our fortitude, to test our character, to test our faith. All through life, we will face various tests, even though we will not enjoy them, God will use the trials to refine us, to cleanse and purify us so that He can shape us into the person He desires us to be.

We need to learn to cooperate with God and be quick to yield to changing in those areas that He brings to light, that way; we can grow rapidly in our spiritual growth.

James 1:2-4 makes it clear that we will face all kinds of troubles during our lives. When these trials happen, we need to think of them as pure joy according to the Bible. Our faith will be tested. When we face these trials and respond correctly, it will produce in us, the strength to continue. This strength to continue must be allowed to finish its work, and then we will be all we were meant to be. We will have everything we need.

Regardless of what is taking place in our lives, know without any doubt, that God is working things out for our good, so that in this life, we can rise to new levels and be the person we are meant to be.

Most of the time, I am tested in the areas that I am weakest. I would think most of us have experienced something similar. When we have issues with jealousy, it seems like everyone we meet has better or more material possessions than we do.

When our best friend comes cruising up in his brand new car, do we say to ourselves; “I deserve to be driving that new car. I work harder than he does, why does nothing good ever happen to me” or do we feel sincerely happy for him?

These are tests of our faith. God loves to use them to bring to light impurities in our character. He is working in us, refining us and preparing us, for what he has called us to do, in this life.

When we learn how to submit and allow him to reshape and mold us, we will then be amazed at the blessings, favor and victory that will come into our lives.

We need to realize that God wants to change us. He may of purposely arranged for that person who grates and annoys you to be in your life. He may be trying to toughen you up a little and teach you endurance, to not run from everything that is hard, uncomfortable or inconvenient.

Don’t be a coward, you can’t run away from your problems. Its like trying yo run away from yourself. So stand strong, regardless of the circumstances, and have faith.
Philippines 4:13 says:” I can do all things, not some things but all things which strengthens me.”

GOD IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE ANYTHING YOU ARE DEALING WITH UNTIL HE FIRST CHANGES YOU!

We often cry out to God to change our circumstances promising that we will change…It works the other way. We have to first change our attitudes and deal with the issues that God has allowed in our lives, then He will change the circumstances.

Romans 8:28 makes it clear, that all things- not just the good things in life-but all things will work together for your good provided you trust Him and stay in faith.

 

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