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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hard Times or Good Times

Most of us would agree that we hate going through trials and hard times. Interestingly enough the Bible tells us to glory in tribulations! Look what Paul has to say to the church of Rome, and to me and you.
Romans 5:3-5 says, 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.

I admit I'm still learning, and had a crash course on all these things in the last few weeks. In this passage look at the promise and progression through our trial, hardships, crises, and tribulations that Paul describes.

1. Tribulation brings patience. - We learn to wait on God, and live in His timing not ours.
2. Patience brings experience. - We learn to trust in God, even when we don't understand.
3. Experience brings hope. - We learn the truth and the application of God's promises.
4. This hope enables us to not be ashamed.- We can live for Christ - even during these hard times.

If Jesus is for you who could come against?

He is for us! Amen?