Monday 12 September 2016

Shaped By Adversity

Dear Readers & Followers, 

Have you ever experienced any difficulties in life? How did you overcome it? 

Are you waiting on the Lord for something? 

Using our human understanding, nobody wants to experience any adversity, trials or difficulties and nobody wants to significantly wait on God for anything, we would prefer our wishes to be granted the moment that we had asked, isn't it? Nevertheless, have you ever thought of how you are being shaped in the process of waiting? And in the process of trials? 

Usually during the process of trials, our characters experience a lot of pruning, this means our character is being shaped, our understanding and knowledge should also be improving, our insecurities are likely to be replaced and permit me to say when you come out of the trials, you become more confident in God. 
Do you know what Satan wants? He wants children of God to faint/give up/crumble in the place of adversity. God warned us against this, the Bible says that if you fail in the days of adversity, your strength is small (Proverbs 24:10). 

In the place of trials, it's an opportunity for you to learn about yourself, to grow, to discover various biblical ways to cope with the trial.

How are you being shaped in the trials that you are experiencing? 

-  Be mindful of how you are being shaped when you are going through trials and when you are waiting on God.

-  Are you allowing your emotions to take over? Or the Word of God? Remember, believers are guided by the Word of God not by their emotions or other people's emotions. The just shall live by faith and not by emotions. The just knows that the vision is yet for the appointed time and it shall come to pass. The just knows that God makes all things to work together for their good.

- As painful or sometimes time-consuming as some trials can be, it's an opportunity for you to discover yourself, shape your character and depend on God.

The Word of God says in Romans 5:3b -5: 

"We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
Hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." (English Standard Version). 

The Message Version gives a clearer explanation, it says: 

"We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. 
In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"

Be encouraged! I pray you will find comfort and rest in God even in your most difficult times in Jesus name.

If you are living a life that is pleasing to God and you are experiencing sufferings, it means that you are precisely where Jesus predicted you would be.  He knows exactly what you are going through and He would see you through.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

Have a great week! 

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