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Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday's Message: Troubles and Trials

“Troubles & Trials”
2 Corinthians 4:8-12

                One of the major differences that should be manifested between us and the world is how we react when trials and difficult times come into our lives.  In 2 Corinthians 4:8-12, the Apostle Paul gives a great example of what our attitudes should be. The text reads, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.”  When we see troubles and trials enter the lives of lost people it is expected for them to lash out, to blame others, or to react in a non-sensible way.  As believers, we have an amazing Lord and Father who is always by our side. (He has promised to NEVER leave or forsake us-Heb 13:5) God is with us all the time and His desire is to mold our lives and place situations in our lives that will bring us closer to Him.  That being said, when difficult times enter your life, think to yourself, “What does God what me to learn in this situation?”  Not only that, but we have a promise from God’s Word that we can do ALL things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) These truths explain how they Apostle Paul was able to make these declarations with such boldness and certainty.  In addition to Christ always being by our side, when we live through these tough situations, the life and ministry of Christ is manifested through us for the entire world to see.  Believers, may we always remember that no matter what trials or tribulations enter our lives our loving Father is always right by our side to teach us, train us, and guide us through those situations.  Finally, remember that as we live through those situations, God is working through us to see other believers grow and the lost world drawn to Him.  Don’t be discouraged; let God work in and through you!

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