For the believer, it is crucial to understand that following Christ does not mean you won’t face trials in your life. In fact, as you follow Jesus, you’ll probably have an increase of trials. From a worldly standpoint, that sounds like bad news, but if you look at trials from a Biblical perspective, you’ll see there are great opportunities that arise when these come into our lives.
No doubt you are more than likely going through a trial at this very moment. While I personally want to give you my empathy and compassion as much as I possibly can, I also want to encourage you that there is still something to rejoice over, even in the midst of your trial.
There is nothing you’re going through that is out of reach for God to work through and use for His glory. There’s nothing you’re going through that is shocking God in the process. There’s nothing you’re going through that Jesus didn’t already die and pay the price for.
Scripture teaches us not just how many trials we will experience as a sinful person in a sinful and broken world, but how to walk through them as a follower of Christ, giving us the true perspective on what a trial really is VS what our culture teaches us about them.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on trials:
Ask a group of Christian guys to confess a sin and usually a safe response is admitting they get angry in traffic and they would like to handle their commute with a little more grace.
I know I would.
One thing that always pulls me offside is when somebody swerves in front of me without signaling.
It appears to be the epitome of rudeness with a vehicle. It seems to say, “I don’t care who you are or where you’re going or when you have to be there, I’m getting in front of you NOW!”
The selfish intrusion occurs and I’m left to try to make a grace sandwich out of it, knowing that any angry reaction would end up hurting me more than the offender.
Sometimes, a collision occurs and both drivers and vehicles suffer.
This happens in racing too where it seems more acceptable. How many races have you seen where a runner, biker, jockey or driver tries to gain position and collides with another racer? A pile-up usually occurs and both racers fall behind or get disqualified. It’s a hazard many racers and fans have grown accustomed to.
But these pile-ups can occur in our lives if we aren’t careful.
God has a specific purpose for each of us and too often we can get caught looking into somebody else’s lane and not realize it was never meant for us.
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Can I be real and vulnerable with you for a minute? Where did these wrinkles, rolls, grey hairs, and cellulite come from? I mean seriously, I knew you changed as you got older, but I’m not a fan of these changes! Over the last 4 years I’ve had a lot of changes and struggles with them. Who hasn’t struggled with their appearance at some point in their life? Whether it was in middle school, high school, in their twenties, thirties or later (or a little of all of them)? If you haven’t I’d love to know your secret, (as I’m sure others would as well)!
Well, I’ve really been struggling with how I view myself lately. After two babies and 4 years of marriage (let’s just say I embraced the whole letting yourself go a little too well), I’m not liking what I see when I look into the mirror.
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No matter where you are today, hope is a gift you can enjoy right now.
It’s not an empty hope. It’s not a wish. It’s not a dream.
The great thing about the hope you can receive through a relationship with Jesus Christ is that hope exists on multiple planes.
Hope For the Past
Whatever sins you have committed in the past, you can rest assured knowing that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ paid for them all. There is not one stain in your past that Jesus did not blot out. You may experience some residual consequences from sin, but you are no longer condemned because of them.
Here’s a recap of blog posts you may have missed this week:
Kent Brantly’s Remarks From Leaving Hospital – It’s awesome to hear what Kent had to say after recovering from the hospital and leaving. “I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness and that in my life, even in my death, he would be glorified.”
Seven Warnings For Church Leaders Who Use Social Media – Thom Rainer discusses how social media can be an effective tool, but to use caution and wisdom in regards to what is posted, how it could be misunderstood, to remember it’s permanent, and is it being used best for the glory of God. Great post!