Suffering

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“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God does not cause suffering, the broken world we live in does. The broken people who live in it ( including ourselves) do. God doesn’t cause suffering but He will use it to do a divine work of growth in you.

He will use it to grow the strength of your character, the perspective of perseverance and your capacity for hope.

Suffering can produce hope.

How? 

Because Jesus will use the suffering others cause to challenge every false belief,  reveal every lie that trips you up and shows you how to persevere when you want to quit. He will uncover the misconceptions you have about Him and open your eyes to see how even in the hardest of times, hope will hold on to you.

“The typical view fo the Christian life is that it means being delivered from all adversity. But it actually means being delivered in adversity, which is something very different.”

– Oswald Chamber, My Upmost for His Hightest

 

Don’t give up.

Anchor yourself to His Word and hold on.

Unexpected Turbulence

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You have been created to do more than just make a good life.
You have been redeemed to live a God discovering, God serving, God ordained life.
But sometimes you hit some turbulence on the journey.
You are on the plane and heading to the right destination but that doesn’t mean that the ride itself is easy.
If you are a human living in this broken world – it’s not easy.
Something happens that disrupts you, shakes you up, scares you. You begin to worry if you will ever get “there”.
I want you to know that Jesus knows what is shaking you up and what is disrupting your journey. He knows your journey will not be easy and that turbulence will happen.
What I love about God is that He uses those times to draw us closer to Him.
You may think that freedom in Christ means that there will be no suffering. It doesn’t work that way.  Jesus paid for your freedom by suffering not so you would never suffer but so you may use suffering to experience more of Him.
The Bible doesn’t promise a non-stop flight to heaven free of trial and turbulence.
“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Romans 5:2-4 NIV
Jesus promises that He will be with you on the journey, whatever it brings, especially the turbulence.
My prayer for you today is that instead of the turbulence shaking you up, you will use it to let God work perseverance into your character and give you a deep hope as you journey with Him.
I am praying that you will join Paul and not let the suffering shake you but that you would glory in it because suffering seasons work the truth of who God is in you in ways that smooth sailing never will.

Suffering

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Hope comes from suffering.

Why?

Because suffering and struggling challenge every false belief, every lie that trips you up, every excuse to quit until all that is left is God’s truth and His call on your life to not give up.

Don’t give up.

God’s Word is true whether you believe it or not.

Hope is real because God is.

Anchor yourself to His Word and hold on.

It Isn’t Easy

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So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ NIV)

Sometimes we think that if we are doing “really good” and walking with God faithfully every day then that means everything will be easy and good.

But life is not easy and people are not good.

We are all sinners saved by grace and some people are just sinners not saved yet.

The truth is that suffering and trial can cause more spiritual growth than the times of ease and “victory” ever can.

The times that are most challenging in our lives reveal our idols and expose the core beliefs we run on that are false.

Those times are purifying and faith strengthening but they are not easy.

They are hard.

They are uncomfortable and it feels like you are dying.

What is dying? Pseudo faith like, “God wants me to be happy.” No. God wants you to be holy. Sanctified. Free from the power of sin. Free to worship Him solely.

What is dying? Sin’s hold on your mind, your heart, your behaviors.

Sin is dying. It hurts.

When death is at work in your life, God is using the suffering (that he did not cause)to purify your faith. He uses it, so that life- true life, abundant life, God’s life in you, can break free and become your “new normal”.

Thank God, he loves us enough to not only walk with us through the suffering but to actually use it to purify us.

No, it is not easy but it is absolutely worth it.