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Monday, July 23, 2007

The Trials of Life...Good or Bad....

When difficult times come into our lives and we find ourselves unable to comprehend and understand, the enemy(Devil) is quick to throw doubts and questions into our minds. That's what he waits for, that hole to get into. Every time one of God's children falls or gives in to temptation, Satan proves himself to be right. Remember, the Devil is a Liar, a Deceiver and a Destroyer. How we react to trials not only affects our earthly situation, it also affects things in Heaven. Whether God is Gorified, or Satan, all depends on our actions. When God directly sends a trial our way, it is always because of His love for us. When Satan sends a trial our way, it is always because of his hate for us.
All trials and tribulations have a divine purpose. We are never alone. But the question arises, "Why do bad things happen to good people? That is one of the difficult questions in all. The way I will answer this, is, Human beings are sinful. As it is written," There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God". God puts us in situations that are hard for us, and we hurt. But these situations make our spirit and our mind and our attitude stronger. As we become stronger, we are better able to serve God. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. The end is always for the good. These trials are only to test your FAITH, to show that it is strong and pure. Remember your FAITH is far more precious to God than mere gold. If your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. We all like to have wonderful, trouble-free spiritual moments, which are sometimes called "mountaintop experiences". God does not keep us on these spiritual "mountaintops" for very long. God takes us back down to the bottom of the mountain to the cold, hard valley of reality. That is where He has work for us to do.
When we are in our trials, God comforts us. When we come through a trial, then we can look back and know how important it is to be comforted. Then as we praise God for comforting us, we learn that He comforted us so that we will comfort others. Many times we are permitted to go through trials for the same reason as read in the Book of Job, which Job had to face so God can be glorified. If we are not patient, holding onto our faith in God while we are facing trials, God will not receive any Glory. All the glory, in such a case, will go to Satan. However, when we go through the fire in the same way that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did (Daniel 3:19-30), God will be glorified.
When we walk by faith, we must continually remind ourselves from where we have come, and with thanksgiving never forget the trials God has brought us through. Thank the Lord even if things are not going well. By doing this, we will not fail to remember how faithful God is to help us in our most urgent times of need. Because God never changes, He is the same yesterday, today and forever and we know that, what He did for us in the past He will do for us in the future. Having this knowledge will enable us to turn our faces directly into the fury of the storm and press on. Our confidence will be rooted in the certainty that He is with us in the storms that rage around us. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Psalm 37:40)
Keep asking and keep trusting until you get your answer. And if you have a true, sincere heart for the Lord Jesus Christ, you above all people are hated by demonic powers above all others. Never forget that. Just because Satan is allowed by God to launch a painful attack upon us does not mean that God delights in it happening. On the contrary -- many things God permits … but He doesn’t take personal delight in the pain it causes those who are suffering.
Remember friends, God is in you, and YOU have been given power over the Devil! By submitting to God, and exercising your authority in the name of Jesus, you are more powerful than the enemy. “...He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).


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