Trials as a Blessing

               We all hear that these trials we are facing are really blessings. We may have even told this to a friend to help ease their suffering, but do we truly believe it and what are we learning from these trials that God ordains?
               To better understand these trials in our lives we have to go back to the Cross. We know Jesus died for us, but do we think about all He was doing in His life that would make people hate Him. He was feeding the people, healing them, eating with them, loving them. None of that seems to point to hate-filled men and women seeking to destroy Him. No. He wasn't taken to the cross for what He loves, but for what He hates. He hates SIN. 

                        That yucky words is like water
                               It seeps into everything. 
     It drips from the ceiling, and floods your feet while            you are walking. It drowns out your happiness and makes you fall. 

  The people loved their sin, as they do today, and they didn't want to hear about sin.
 It made them have to look at what they were doing and they knew in their hearts it was wrong. 

                                   So Jesus died. 
    He died to save those very sinners who were killing Him. 
              He died for You and He died for Me. 

 How does all of this fit into blessings? 
When we look at the cross we see death, but we also see life. 
We see grief, but we see joy everlasting. 

Each trial has two sides. One side is what Satan wants to use it for and the other side is what God is doing in and through us. 
But do we work to see what Christ is doing through our trial? Or more often then not, do we complain that this isn't fair? He has a purpose!

The moment you become a Christian expect persecution and trials to come. People will hate you because of Christ. If you are blending in and trying to look like the world it won't hate you.                  
But is that what you want? 
Is it more important to please people or please God? 

 I feel that in my own life if I'm not seeking to understand why something is happening to me I wallow. I hate that! If I truly seek why God is allowing this suffering I start to see a beautiful picture of how much the Lord loves me. God is preparing us for something. A lot of the time the thing needed to get us to wake up is affliction! It brings us back to seeking the Lord when our world is out of CONTROL.

Sometimes God gives us little trials because He wants to prepare us for a much bigger trial around the corner! 

We could look at those small trials and say to ourselves, 
       "Wow I must not be on God's good side today. Why do the waves keep coming?"                                                                           Or 
We can thank Him for His hand upon our lives and KNOW HE is working it out for our GOOD and His glory!  
                    Everything is for those two reasons! 

So today, in your pain, in your agony, in your persecution, remember you are not left 

 God is there.
God has perfectly suffered in our place and is there to help us through our suffering. 

                               CLING   TO   HIM

If you are not saved, turn to Him now! Repent and Trust in Him for salvation! You cannot save yourself. We are all sinners in need of a perfect, righteous Savior!

For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

1 Peter 3:17-18



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