Good Tuesday Morning Coffee everybody😊! Welcome to another encouraging conversation of part 8 which is the last part of the Hid in Christ series. So grab your favorite morning drink☕ and let us get into the conversation.
Experiencing the testing seasons of life.
In this last section of our series I would like for us to discuss how to stay encouraged in the seasons and moments where we may find ourselves lonely or facing those hard and confusing situations that life will indeed bring. When you read the bible you will find many individuals who God has used and called to experience suffering but the important thing that you need to take from each of those individuals is how they handled those situations. People like Jesus, Joseph, Job, Abraham, the Apostles, Esther, and many more are examples of those who chose to follow God no matter what. You see in this life you will at some point have to suffer some type of hardship whether you believe in God or not but the great part about those who are Christians is that you are aware of the state of this fallen world and that God is Sovereign!
Being patient through the testing of your faith.
My sister or brother in Christ Jesus if you are facing some type of difficulty then allow me to first inform you that God maybe using that situation to mature you. In the book of James 1:2-4, it tells us that we should be joyful during times of suffering because those trials are what God allows into our lives in order give us a steadfastness or firmness in our faith.
Also in the book of 1 Peter 4:12-19, it tells us as well to not count our trials as something strange but instead see yourself as someone who is privilege to suffer for the sake of your faith in Jesus Christ. This is why it is important to read your bible daily because it will help you understand that the way to Christ is not always an easy one. As a matter of fact it is indeed a death walk. As we chose Christ daily we are denying our self (flesh) daily. Maybe you may be struggling with impurity, idolatry, or anger. Whatever it is you are now called to resist those temptations by submitting to what God would have you do.
In James 4:7 we are told to submit to God and resist the devil. So we have to learn to fight and follow Jesus through whatever season, valley, or mountain that He choses to lead through you.
One of the people in the bible who I have learned so much from is David. He loved God so much and was called by God “a man after His own heart”. David obeyed God and was a great example of how to stay humble before the Lord God. In the book of 1 Samuel 30, we can read how the men who were with David came back to the camp only to discover that all their families and things were taken by the Amalekites. David and his men were so hurt that they cried bitterly but soon these same men started to talk about stoning David. Now David could have became fearful or angry but instead he sought God for encouragement. After seeking God he received instructions which led to a great recovery and victory. So like David who was chosen and anointed by God we have to commit our way into God’s hands. We have to make up in our minds that no matter what we face we will continue to trust the Lord.
So in conclusion, I could start by saying that I am truly sorry for any of the suffering that you maybe experiencing. I to have had my share of hard and painful seasons but the truth is that these things happen because God loves you and wants you to have a firmness in your faith. Like a seed that has to become hidden and die which eventually produces a plant God allows us to be hidden in the pain and suffering of life at times in order to produce spiritual fruit and maturity. Although this season maybe hard continue to push through. Continue to pray, fast, read the bible, worship God because He is worth it. Your soul’s salvation is worth it.
In James 1:4, it tells us that eventually after our faith produces a steadfastness then we will be complete, lacking nothing. So hold on and never give up! Also remember to take it one day at a time and stay encouraged.
Thank you for joining me for today’s Tuesday Morning Coffee conversation. I hope you enjoyed the Hid in Christ series as much as I did. If you did, please like👍, share, comment, and subscribe below. Have a beautiful, blessed day and bye for now👋!
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