“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
Romans 5:3-8 NLT
Troubles of life either make us bitter or better. The choice is made by how we respond to the situation. I have a print out in my office by Chuck Swindoll that is titled "Attitude". It simply states that life is 10% what happens and 90% how we react. I have come to recognize the validity of that statement. As we face each obstacle in life, how we handle it is directly linked to the benefit we receive from it. Character comes through the fire of adversity. Hope is developed when we are steadfast and trust. God always makes a way. He will do it again! He will not fail us. We must simply trust Him. May I remind us all that God is able to do more than we can. Proverbs 3:5 and 6 state “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” NLT.
Don't trust your own natural rationale, it leads to death (see Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25).
God has given the Holy Spirit to those who believe as evidence of His presence and love. He came in flesh, in the person of Jesus Christ, to die for us while we were still enslaved to sin. He didn't wait until we had it all together. We couldn't get it all together. While we were still in bondage to wickedness, He came to die, in our place, as a sinless sacrifice, to pay the debt we owed for our transgressions. Can I get a HALLELUJAH from the people of God?
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Rev. Curtis Norris