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Thoughts For the Day:

Every problem has a purpose:

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

~2 Corinthians 4:17

We as Christians should not be surprised or worried when we go through trials, tribulations, and temptations, because this is no strange and unusual thing that happens to us. Problems are everywhere in our world. No matter what we face in life we can become overwhelmed with our own problems, or issues that our friends and family are going through.  Sometimes it is in our darkest days, that we find our most profound and intimate forms of worship. We will find ourselves in similar circumstances that Jesus went through.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

~Isaih 53:3

 Jesus did not indulge himself in his own feelings. So, once we begin to feel powerless or out of control, we are then able to submit and put everything into the hands of God, who alone is the only one who can save us. You will never know that God is all you need until God is all you have. God uses every situation in life good or bad, His purposes are greater than our problems, our pain, and even our sin. Using all these as a character-building opportunity to produce good fruit.  Just like when we prune a fruit tree. Taking one section at a time, slowly detaching the dead branches so that the following year that branch will yield good fruit. These life situations, teach us to become patient, have self-control, faithfulness, joy and peace as well as learning to love unconditionally in obedience to Christ.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

~Galatians 5:23

All in all, to gives us knowledge, understanding and wisdom through the sufferings to be made perfect. What happens outwardly in our lives is not as important as what is happening inside us. God will use whatever it takes to shape us into the character that he desires. Not only that but everything that happens to us is a spiritual significance to God’s plans. He doesn’t say that he will produce this kind of fruit in our lives only when things are going good for us. He gives us the strength to walk through difficult problems and circumstances, and to come out stronger on the other side. You see, our problems are not meant to destroy or condemn us (as it might seem, at times). They’re meant to strengthen our character, magnifying the work that God has done and doing in our hearts and lives. Though the process is painful, it does have a purpose. Every situation in your life gives you the opportunity to be resentful or have gratitude. God gave you the act of free will, so you get to choose how you’re going to react.

When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

~James 1:2-4 

Are you going to allow your trials and tribulations to have a purpose in your life? Or are you going to submerse yourself in the pain and hurt, sulking in your own misery? All I can recommend and encourage is that you put your trust in the Lord. Don’t become resentful and angry with God when troubles arise. Lean onto the Lord through prayer and supplication for strength, and peace. God has an incredible plan for your life. I know from personal experiences that life can be hard, and the issues we face can be very painful. But you must get up brush yourself off, pick up your life, and keep walking. God’s blessings will broaden with every step you take towards him. I hope that one day through it all that you will recognize God’s great love for you. Learning to rest in Him when you walk or stumble through seasons that make you feel as if you won’t make.

Remember God is with you, today, tomorrow and always.

God faithful servant,

Tinisha Bell

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