When the going gets tough....

When the going gets tough....
Blog Writers - Sat Jan 19, 2013 @ 01:58PM
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   Everyone goes through hardships. trials. struggles. Yet most of us ever stop to PRAISE God for them! Instead we bitterly complain and ask, "Why?" As some of you may know, in 2010 our family went through a pretty big trial. Yet...as the song Amazing Grace goes: "Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come. Tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me Home." So how are we supposed to respond to struggles? Well, the Bible says in this life we will have a troubles (John 16:33), but we are to count it all joy (James 1:2). JOY!!! We're not to complain or get angry with God...He has brought these trials into our life to bring us closer to Him! Remember, we can't see the whole picture; but God does. Romans 12:12 tells us to "be patient in tribulation". 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us we will be able to endure it by God's grace! Our suffering actually produces endurance (Romans 5:3). Finally, we are to praise Him during trials (1 Peter 1:6) It isn't enough to just believe and praise God in the good times. The world looks at that and doesn't care! It's trusting Him in the hard times that is a true witness -a true example. To close, I'll share James 1:12 which says: Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. May we be patient in tribulation, counting it all joy, so we are worthy to receive the crown of life which He has promised to us!

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