Our storms might look different in this life, but they all offer the opportunity to change us, forever. And God can take what seems tragic and devastating to turn it around for good. It may not happen as quickly as we'd like, it may feel like a struggle, and we might find ourselves longing for another way, but blessing will come from it. For it's the way God works.
The "good" will shine through. For the person who eventually walks out of the storm will be different than the one who walked in.
- Acts (Robertsons Notes Book 44).
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We can be assured, that God's work within us is never for harm, but to strengthen us, to build deeper character and faith, and to bring us out as "gold," leaving lasting impressions for His glory in this world. He never promised us this life would be easy, but He does promise that He is bigger than any storm we face God knows our way, and we are only passing through.
Changed for the better, stronger, shining, beauty deepened from within.
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In this world you will have trouble. I have overcome the world. And that same power works in us today, giving us the courage and strength to persevere and overcome. Not just the good things that happen, but in it all, we can be assured, He will indeed bring good from it.
Put Yourself in the Path of God’s Grace
He is our Redeemer, and He will not waste our pain. God reminds us to choose joy in whatever we face, confident that He is working even through every trial and hard place, to bring us greater endurance. We can only build deeper faith and perseverance by walking through the hard times that press us more closely into His Presence. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
Unless we experience difficulty and suffering, we cannot truly help another soul who faces loss and pain. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong. Through every weakness and hard place. It is grace to be forgiven of sinful acts, and grace to be supplied the heart for righteous ones.
For the glory of God, the good of others, and the satisfaction of our souls, the goal of the Christian life is such Christlikeness, or godliness, or holiness rightly understood. And all our exertions of effort toward that goal are gifts of grace.
Yes, it is grace, and yes, we expend effort. Discipline yourself for growth. He says in 1 Corinthians I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Where does Paul get the power to labor and expend such spiritual effort? This dynamic is true not because Paul is an apostle, but because he is a Christian.
If he gives the gift of effort, we receive that gift by expending the effort. Zacchaeus may have been a wee little man, but he modeled this big reality by positioning himself along the path of grace. The same was true of blind Bartimaeus Luke So often, he showers his people with unexpected favor.
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- Dead Christians Walking.
- Jesus Obeyed His Parents.
God wants our churches to exercise prophecy so that we will be upbuilt as we experience together the friendship of God through his Spirit.