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Trials #8 – Unashamed Praise

Both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from One; for which reason he is not ashamed to call them brethren. Hebrews 2:11 To me one of the most wondrous aspects of the incarnation is that when Jesus lived among us, he was not ashamed to be one of us. He shared … Continue reading

Trials #7 – Stumbling Success

Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not cease. When you have turned back, stabilize your brothers. Luke 22:31-32 “Two steps forward, one step back,” is fine, as far as it goes. But we must also remember … Continue reading

Trials #6 – Trial Tactics

If you put on the full armor of God, you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the Slanderer … you will be able to resist in the evil day, and, having done all you can, stand firm. Ephesians 6:11–13 Soldiers read intelligence reports, don body armor, and load weapons, not to … Continue reading

Trials #5 – Praying Perseverance

Stay awake and pray, so that you will not engage in testing God. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38 Even when we know “what’s behind the door,” it’s often difficult to grasp the handle, turn our wrist and walk through. In fact, especially when we know “what’s behind the door,” … Continue reading

Trials #4 — Passing Praise

It may be necessary for you to suffer for a short time in various trials, so that the proven character of your faith … will be displayed, resulting in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6–7 When Jesus walked the earth, his life was no bed of roses. The … Continue reading

Trials #3 — Rewarded Testing

Happy, fortunate, are those who endure testing, because when they have proven reliable, they will receive the crown of life God promised to those who love him. James 1:12 Businesses crave the coveted Underwriters Laboratories certification stamp on their products because the trademarked symbol signifies that the product has proven reliable by enduring rigorous trials. … Continue reading

Trials #2 — Available Escape

No test has ever come upon you but such as is common to humanity. And God is faithful: He will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability, but with the trial will also provide the way of escape, so that you will be able to endure. For this very reason, my beloved, flee … Continue reading

Trials #1 — Endurance From Success

Throughout Scripture human beings undergo tests/trials to see if they will remain faithful to God, if they will continue to entrust him to be the source of goodness in their lives. From Adam to Abraham to Israel to Jesus to the Apostle Paul, we see examples of God’s testing people to see if they will … Continue reading

Thoughtfulness #6 — Maturing Consideration

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, because the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect result, so you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 In the best sense of the word James is a pragmatist. He is concerned that we survive long … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About “Necessary Suffering”

The other day while I was memorizing and meditating on chapter one of 1 Peter, the Lord gave me something which I believe will strengthen me whenever tribulations strike. In the hope that some of you might also find this thought helpful, I will share it with you: 1 Peter 1:6-7 says, “In this [salvation … Continue reading