Why are you?

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There’s no denying that we live in a chaotic and unpredictable world. And even though we serve a God who has already conquered death and darkness, we are unfortunately not guaranteed to live a life void of suffering—not until we reach eternity, at least. But unlike those who do not know Christ, we have a hope that can serve as an anchor for our soul (Hebrews 6:19). The comfort of His Word can serve as a healing balm for the pain in our hearts. Not only that, but we can also strengthen the Body of Christ when we speak words of encouragement into the lives of other believers by reminding them of their hope in Christ as they, too, walk through storms of life.

How to Write Words of Encouragement to Downcast Believers

As humans, we often try to avoid as much pain as possible—and yet the Bible reminds us of the importance of suffering along with other believers. No one should need to face the storms of life on their own. Romans 12:15 tells us to Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” One way we can express our concern for downcast believers is through providing words of comfort and encouragement for them, whether that’s in the form of a letter, text message, or an email.

The Bible makes it clear that our words contain power. Proverbs 14:16 says, Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” When we see a fellow believer suffering from discouragement or despair, why shouldn’t we want to release words to them that can provide health for their bodies? It’s through the use of our pens that God can minister His healing power of love as we become His vessels to renew the believer’s strength and uplift their spirits.

Before setting out to write, though, I advise to first pray for the downcast believer. Pray that God will lead you to write the words that they need to hear. After all, we may not know exactly what it is that this person is dealing with personally, but we are in touch with our Heavenly Father. And our Heavenly Father is in touch with that person’s heart.

While you write, try to follow the Bible’s example in its approach to pain and suffering. God’s Word never denies the reality of suffering that we may face, but it addresses this through the lens of hope. It encourages our spirits by enabling us to see the bigger picture, the purpose of our suffering. It does this by reminding us that our pain can be transformed into good (Romans 8:28) and that it could be preparing us for “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

In the message that you write, you may even want to include inspirational quotes of encouragement and affirmations to lift the soul.

Try to remain sensitive for the downcast believer by recalling a time when you, too, faced trials that drained your strength. Was there a friend or a loved one who spoke words that renewed your vigor for life? How did that person help to draw you out of the deep pit of suffering by renewing your perspective and shedding light on the situation?

We can also follow the example that Psalms provides for us as we write to these downcast believers. Throughout the Psalms, we witness how David acknowledged the heartache he faced—and yet it was through lifting his eyes to Christ that his strength became renewed. As he shifted his gaze to focus on God, he then began to look at his circumstances through an eternal viewpoint. He was reminded that God is still good, faithful, and sovereign, even in the midst of such difficulties. Even more than that: God never leaves His children to bear the weight of life on their own.

Yes, our words contain power; however, they will never measure up to the weight of authority that the Word of God carries. Proverbs 4:22 tells us that His Word brings “life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.” If you would like to offer these life-giving words to the downcast believers in your life—Scriptures that can point them back to the hope they have in Christ—then see below.

Words of Encouragement from the Bible

Whether you’re in need of divine encouragement for yourself, or if you’re hoping to encourage another hurting soul, the Scripture should remain our go-to source. It contains truths that fuel our spirit and replenish our strength. By meditating on the following Scriptures, the Holy Spirit can enable us to see our difficulties through God’s light, remind us of the glory He can display through this suffering, and point us back to the One who is always by our side.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” Philippians 1:6.

“My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39.

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” Isaiah 43:19.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” Isaiah 40:29.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” Deuteronomy 31:8.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” Psalm 55:22.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”1 John 4:4.

“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us Romans 8:37.

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” Romans 8:18.

“My God turns my darkness into light.” Psalm 18:28 

“My God turns my darkness into light” Psalm 18:28.

“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever” Psalm 23:6.

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation 1 Peter 5:10.

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life” Psalm 119:50.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18.

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you” Isaiah 54:10.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” Romans 8:28.

“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning”Psalm 30:5.

Inspirational Words of Encouragement for the Hurting Soul

God loved His children so much that He couldn’t bear to witness us walking through the darkness of this world without His light. He didn’t necessarily send His Son to shield us from sorrow and despair, but to keep us from being destroyed by its stronghold. How incredible is it to rest in the truth that we have been rescued and redeemed from the curse of sin? God wrapped Himself in flesh, dared to face this harsh world, and voluntarily took on the weight of sin and suffering. Why? So that we would never have to carry that burden on our own. He accepted the persecution that we deserved so that we could be made whole.

Isaiah 53:5 says, But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”

Whatever it is that you are facing today, I want to remind you that you are not alone. Jesus loved you so much that He chose to walk in your shoes and feel your pain.

We can also be reassured by the mere knowledge that Christ faced the same suffering as us when He walked on this earth. Are you grieving? Have you faced the sting of rejection? Have you tasted the bitter sorrow of loneliness and betrayal? So has Jesus. He understands. This is why, when we feel as though we are too weak to carry on, we can rely on His supernatural strength to carry us through. It’s this power that can be made perfect in our weakness (see 2 Corinthians 12:9), and it’s through this strength that Jesus, too, endured suffering on every level and defeated darkness once and for all.

This is our hope in the midst of heartache. It is through the blood that was shed on Calvary that we have access to God’s powerful, cleansing, and healing presence—strong enough to wash away our sins and provide comfort in the midst of despair. And it’s this pleasure of knowing Him—Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us—that surpasses even the greatest of sorrows.

“No pit is so deep that God is not deeper still.” Corrie Ten Boom 

A Prayer for the Encouragement of a Downcast Soul

“Father, thank you for being with the downcast soul in whatever trial that he or she may be facing today. I ask that you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, equip them with the strength they need to endure this heartache. May your Word empower them with your truth, nourish them with your comfort, and strengthen them with your encouragement, enabling them to view their difficulties from your perspective. Allow this suffering to cause this person to draw closer to you so they can receive your healing love. Thank you that you sent your Son so we would never need to experience the harsh pain of life on our own. Instead, when we face difficulties, we can trust that you can transform them into good, according to Romans 8:28. Your light is within us as we walk through this dark world, and you are greater than anything we face. Help us to trust in you always and to hold on to this hope we have in you because there is nothing we will face that could ever remove us from your life-giving presence. It’s in your name that we pray. Amen.”

Be at peace…

Ephesians: Cause and reason…

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Do you think of your glass as half empty? Do you feel like there’s never enough? If you do, don’t feel too bad – this is human nature. But there is good news!

In the book of Ephesians, Paul turns our natural mindset on its head and instead magnifies the God who graciously fills our cups to overflowing and supplies us with more than we could possibly imagine in Christ. The book is like a treasure trove full of mysterious riches which have been given to us freely and with the greatest love the world has ever known.

Who Wrote Ephesians and Who Was it Written For?

We are told in the first verse of Ephesians that it was written by “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God” (1:1). This book is an epistle, meaning it is a letter, and Paul wrote this particular letter while in prison in Rome. He sent it to the church in Ephesus (a city which is now part of modern-day Turkey), where he had spent three years in fruitful ministry, speaking boldly, leading daily discussions, doing extraordinary miracles by the power of God (Acts 19).

Paul eventually left them to continue ministry elsewhere, but it seems the Ephesian elders of the church were very dear to him, as he stopped by to see them on his way to certain persecution, encouraging them and praying with them and exchanging tearful goodbyes in a poignant scene captured in Acts 20:13-38. The letter to the Ephesians was sent by way of Paul’s co-worker Tychicus, whose purpose in visiting Ephesus was “for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts” (Eph. 6:22).

What Was the Purpose of the Letter?

Paul’s goals in writing the letter were general encouragement. He seeks to articulate “the mystery” of the gospel which has now been revealed (Eph. 3:1-13). He uses vivid imagery, lofty language, stark contrasts, Old Testament allusions and powerful recorded prayers to try to convey “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Eph. 3:18).

His desire is that his readers would truly “grasp” and “know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19).

4 Lessons from Ephesians

There are numerous lessons that can be gleaned from this short New Testament book. Four overarching themes emerge:

1. We Have Been Blessed with Every Spiritual Blessing in Christ

Paul plumbs the depths and leaps for the heights of language in his efforts to convey the amazing “riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us” (Eph. 1:8). Indeed, God has “blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). Paul is trying to impress upon us that God and his blessings are greater than we can even comprehend; that’s why the gospel is described as a beautiful mystery that can’t be solved but can and should be savored.

He speaks of “the immeasurable greatness of [God’s] power toward us who believe” (Eph. 1:19). He prays for the Ephesians “to [God] who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20). Paul asks God that believers would somehow “know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:19).

There is a theme of “the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:20) in Ephesians when talking about God and his blessings. Paul talks of God’s “glorious grace” (Eph. 1:6), the “boundless riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8), whose love is “wide and long and high and deep” (Eph. 3:18) and whose people are described as “the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Eph. 1:23).

There is nothing God has withheld. There is nothing we lack. So much of what we have been given can be accessed in the here and now – daily strength and power for living – but even that which we cannot yet access in this fallen world and in this mortal life has been made certain through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who acts as a “deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:14).

2. The Gospel Is a Matter of Life and Death

Paul pulls no punches: “‘As for you,’ he says, ‘You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient’” (Ephesians 2:1-2).

There is a glorious word in verse four, however: “But…”

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4-5).

Throughout the book of Ephesians, the impact of the Gospel is expressed in similarly stark contrasts. Gentiles once were “excluded…foreigners…without hope and without God…but now” they have been “brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:12-13).

The “hostility” between different groups becomes “peace” through the reconciliation of Jesus’ blood (Eph. 2:14, 16). The Gospel allows “infants” to “grow…to become mature” (Eph. 4:14-15). The “old self” is as different from the “new self” (Eph. 5:22-24) as “darkness” is from “light” (Eph. 5:8).

3. Our Walk with God Is of Utmost Importance

In light of the incredible spiritual blessings given by God and the new life we have in Christ, Paul urges believers to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,” to “walk in love” (Eph. 5:1), and to “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16).

The term “walk” has a mundane quality that brings to mind our everyday interactions. In line with this, Paul offers counsel for what walking worthily, lovingly, and wisely looks like in the context of family and work and church dynamics (Eph. 5:15-6:9). The Gospel is not just a lofty philosophical idea – it has real-life implications for our daily rounds.

4. God Gives Us Strength for the Battle We Face

Lastly, believers are urged to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Eph. 6:10). We have access to “the full armor of God” so that we “may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). Moreover, we have access to God Himself through prayer at all times, and Paul encourages us to pray for ourselves, each other, and for those who are declaring the “mystery of the Gospel” as “spiritual ambassadors” around the world (Eph. 6:18-20).

The old hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” comes to mind when reading through the book of Ephesians.

“All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!”

Indeed, we have been brought from death to life and given everything we need for the daily relationships and responsibilities we have and the spiritual battles we face. As we walk through this world, we do not walk alone. We are fully resourced and indwelt by the glorious God whom Paul seeks to glorify in this letter:

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Your words…

You are known by your words. In essence what is spoken by you tells so much about who you are.

Speak; who you are comes right out. To reflect on thoughts is key to success.

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To be forgiven, Amen.

God The Father took this occasion, the baptism of Christ, to declare His delight in His Son. Though the Father is always pleased with The Son, yet He proclaims the fact here to put special emphasis on His approval of what Christ had just done. Jesus did not enter the waters of baptism to symbolize repentance of any sin, for He had none to repent of. Instead, He went down into the water to represent His death for sinners on the cross and arose out of the water to represent His coming Resurrection. He was here, at the outset of His Earthly ministry, committing Himself to the cross.

And we pray:

Your baptism, Lord, was a token of Your willingness to die for and save Your people from their sin. It was an act of committal to Your Father’s Will. May we also die daily to our own selfish desires and arise in newness of life, ready to serve You. When we were baptized, we indicated our trust in Your saving power and our commitment to live a “resurrection life” for Your glory. We rededicate ourselves to that vision today, Amen.

What we should do…

Trials; not wanted, but needed.

20 Reasons Why God Allows Trials And Tribulations

We always hear Christians say things like “I have been doing everything right. I have been fasting and praying, giving, loving my neighbor, obeying the Lord, reading Scripture daily, and walking faithfully with the Lord.

What did I do wrong? Why has God allowed me to go through such hard times? Does He not care about me? Am I saved?” To be honest we have all felt a little something like this.

Here is what I have learned on my walk of faith. Be on guard because when you’re asking all these questions and questioning God, Satan will try to attack. He will say, “no he doesn’t love you. Look at those unbelievers who are not going through adversity, but you say Jesus Christ died for you, and yet you are going through the worst troubles of your life.” Don’t let the devil give you fear.

Trials can lead into atheism. When your faith is small the devil can rip it out. Don’t let him put you in despair and bitterness towards God. Don’t ever forget the other times God has delivered you because He will do it again. The devil will try to say it was a coincidence, but with God there is no coincidence. Cry out to God. Block Satan off and always remember that we have victory in Christ.

Trials and tribulations quotes

  • “Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.” – Charles Spurgeon
  • “Prayer is the best armor against all trials.”
  • “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
  • “Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing the darkness, but it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow.”

What does the Bible say about trials and tribulations?

Think of trials as training! God has to train His troops. Have you ever heard of any staff sergeant who got to where he was without going through tough situations? God has to prepare His children for the future.

My life.

If it wasn't for the struggle you wouldn't have the strength.

I remember when I said, “why God, why this, and why that?” God told me to wait for His timing. God has delivered me in the past, but when you are going through bad times all you’re thinking about is right now. I’ve seen God use trials to build me up, answer different prayers, open doors, help others, and I’ve seen many miracles where I knew it was only God who could have done this.

While I was worrying, the Lord gave me comfort, encouragement, motivation, and He was working behind the scenes. If as believers we’re burdened by when our brothers and sisters suffer, imagine how God feels. Always remember that He loves you and He reminds us time after time in His Word that He will never forsake us.

1. Trials help our perseverance.

James 1:12 “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Hebrews 10:35-36 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

2. I don’t know.

Sometimes we have to admit we just don’t know and instead of going crazy and trying to find out why, we must trust in the Lord that He knows best.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 3:5 -6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

3. Sometimes we suffer because of our own mistakes. Another thing is we should never test God.

In my life I’ve suffered because I followed the wrong voice. I did my will instead of God’s will. I can’t blame God for my mistakes, but what I can say is God brought me through it and made me stronger and smarter in the process.

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”

Proverbs 19:2-3 “Desire without knowledge is not good– how much more will hasty feet miss the way! A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.”

Galatians 6:5 “Assume your own responsibility.”

4. God is making you more humble.

2 Corinthians 12:7 “even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.”

Proverbs 18:12 “Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.”

1 Peter 5:6-8 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

5. God’s discipline.

Hebrews 12:5-11 “And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Proverbs 3:11-13 “My child, do not reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t get angry when he corrects you. The Lord corrects those he loves, just as parents correct the child they delight in. Happy is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gets understanding.”

6. So you can become more dependent on the Lord.null

Prayer Is The Best Armor Against All Trials

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

7. God wants to spend time with you, but you lost your first love. You’re doing all these things for Jesus, but you’re not spending quality quiet time with the Lord.

Revelation 2:2-5 “I know what you do, how you work hard and never give up. I know you do not put up with the false teachings of evil people. You have tested those who say they are apostles but really are not, and you found they are liars. You have patience and have suffered troubles for my name and have not given up. But I have this against you: You have left the love you had in the beginning. So remember where you were before you fell. Change your hearts and do what you did at first. If you do not change, I will come to you and will take away your lampstand from its place.”

8. God could be protecting you from a bigger problem that you don’t see coming.

Psalm 121:5-8 “The Lord guards you. The Lord is the shade that protects you from the sun. The sun cannot hurt you during the day, and the moon cannot hurt you at night. The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard you as you come and go, both now and forever.”null

Psalm 9:7-10 “But the Lord rules forever. He sits on his throne to judge, and he will judge the world in fairness; he will decide what is fair for the nations. The Lord defends those who suffer; he defends them in times of trouble. Those who know the Lord trust him, because he will not leave those who come to him.”

Psalm 37:5 “Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.”

9. So we can share in the sufferings of Christ.

1 Peter 4:12-16 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

2 Corinthians 1:5-7 “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”

10. It helps us grow as believers and become more like Christ.

Trials And Tribulations Tend To Squeeze The Artificiality Out Of Us

Romans 8:28-29 “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan. God knew them before he made the world, and he chose them to be like his Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers and sisters.”

Philippians 1:6 “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”

11. It helps with developing character.

Romans 5:3-6 “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”

12. Trials help to build our faith in the Lord.

James 1:2-6 “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. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Psalm 73:25-28 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”

13. God’s glory: The storm will not last forever and trials are an opportunity for a testimony. It gives God so much glory when everyone knows you’re going through a tough trial and you stand strong, trusting in the Lord until He delivers you, without complaining.

Psalm 40:4-5 “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.”

14. You can help someone because you have been in that situation. Throwing around Scriptures will be hard to understand for someone who is grieving, but you can comfort them because you have been through the same thing and through the pain you trusted in God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

15. Trials give us a greater reward in Heaven.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Mark 10:28-30 “Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”

16. To show us sin in our lives. We should never deceive ourselves and try to hide our sins from God, which is impossible.

Psalm 38:1-11 “Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me. Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes. My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.”

Psalm 38:17-22 “For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Many have become my enemies without cause; those who hate me without reason are numerous. Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good. Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.”

Psalm 40:12-13 “For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, LORD; come quickly, LORD, to help me.”

Psalm 71:14-17 “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long— though I know not how to relate them all. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.”

19. Trials teach us to be more thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”

20. Trials take our minds off of things of the world and put them back on the Lord.

Colossians 3:1-4 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Stop saying, “I’m going to pray” and actually do it. Let this be a start to a new prayer life you never had. Stop thinking you can do things on your own and trust in God. Tell God “I can’t do it without you. I need you my Lord.” Come to Him with all your heart. “God help me; I will not let you go. I will not listen to these lies.” You must stand strong and have faith God can bring you through it even if it seems impossible

As it is, Amen.

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