God’s plan has always been, from the very beginning to make you like His son Jesus Christ. The tools He uses to grow us in maturity is His Word… but in order to grow we have to read it.
He also uses His Spirit…but it order to grow we have to abide in it. And finally He uses life’s circumstances to strengthen our character.
Jesus warned us that we would have trials in the world. No one is immune to pain or insulated from suffering, and no one gets to skate through life problem-free. Life is a series of problems. Every time you solve one, another is waiting to take its place. Not all of them are big, but all are significant in God’s growth process for you.
God uses problems to draw you closer to Himself. The Bible says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.” Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days—when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great—and you turn to God alone. It is during suffering that we learn to pray our most authentic, heartfelt, honest-to-God prayers.
Every problem is a character-building opportunity, and the more difficult it is, the greater the potential for building spiritual muscle and moral fiber. Paul said, “We know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character.” What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you. Your circumstances are temporary, but your character will last forever.
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Saturday, November 15th 6:30pm
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