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The Bible talks about trials, troubles, and temptations. It also says when we experience trials and troubles we should see it as an opportunity to grow — to mature in our relationship with God and in how we deal with problems.
Now temptations are different from trials or troubles. Temptations come from the inside, while trials come from the outside. The Bible teaches that temptations don’t come from God but from the evil desires that dwell in our hearts and minds. But trials come to us from circumstances, sometimes beyond our control. We will all have them — no one is immune to trials or troubles in life. But how we see them is of vital importance. The Bible teaches we should see them as opportunities to grow and mature as a Christian and as a person.
Some think when we face hardships of any kind it’s because God doesn’t care or doesn’t love us. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t believe God causes hardships, but if we honor Him and keep His word, they can cause us to become stronger, better in life.
Trials will let you know what you are all about, what you really believe. They can tell us what our weak spots are and what our strengths are. Next time you find yourself in a trial, stay true to God and look for the solutions and learn from them. See James 1:2-4, 13-14.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 10:12 PM CDT
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