WeepingintoDancing

Overcoming Difficult Trials

New Seeds From God

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content”  Philippians 4:11 (NKJV) 

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So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33 (NKJV)

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 (NKJV)

Dear One,

It is easy for us to fall into self-pity, especially when our personal trials and struggles bring loss. Of course loss comes in many forms: the death of a loved one, financial security, social standing, and even faith. And all loss will cause us to pause or reflect. How we react to our ruin, impairments, or damage will reveal our true faith and maturity in Christ.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” These are such revealing and truthful words from Matthew 6:21. If your loss involves a house or some kind of finance, there will certainly be some measure of discomfort. However, if you adopt the right perspective, losses are not a bad thing! Change or hardship can produce new seeds and godly fruit in your future. When our hearts are yielded to His will, God’s loving hands will sow and cultivate superior seeds of faith. 

Where have you placed your trust? Is it in the riches God permitted you to obtain and collect, or is it in His daily promised provisions? Anything you surrender to Him in this life will be replaced, no greatly increased, in heaven. Our hope should be in Christ alone. We must surrender our carnal security and lean on the One who knows our needs, before we can even ask for them.

If it is your social standing that has vanished, ask yourself this question. Did Jesus care about such matters? A man/woman of integrity will be recognized. If you seek wisdom for the betterment of others, God will provide opportunities for you to share His truths. But when we seek position for selfish reasons, forgetting that it is God who gives us our intellect and station in life, we steal His glory. All we do should point others to God and His saving grace.

Those who ….

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