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TOUGH-TIMES GROWTH 1

TOUGH-TIMES GROWTH 1

 ‘Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows’ John 16:33 NLT

The Bible is surprisingly full of people having really tough times. It seems that after thousands of years of getting to know God, mankind still hasn’t been able to get its collective-head around our good, loving God allowing us to face ‘times of trial.

It’s a tough question in theory, but it’s much harder again when you’re living the tough times in reality.

Bad things happening in life is a sad reality of living in a fallen world. Not-so- ‘news’-flash: following Jesus is not a ticket for a life free from pain. Jesus wasn’t lying when He said, ‘Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows’ (John 16:33 NLT).

But He doesn’t stop there.

He goes on to say, ‘But take heart, because I have overcome the world.’ This is the good news in a nutshell. Not only did God so love the world that He gave us Jesus, but we can overcome trials and sorrows with Him. It’s all to do with how you respond.

Apparently, if you break a bone in your leg, the bone will actually heal stronger than it ever was originally; the break will heal, then another layer of bone will grow over the area, reinforcing it. That’s cool. For our hearts, being broken could be the start of finding your strength in God.

What now?

Read the story of Paul/Saul’s conversion in Acts 9:1-19. Now re-read verse 16.

Joy Ferdiz

October 4th, 2013

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