Surviving Tribulations

Surviving Tribulations

There was a theme of a story that began to brew in my mind…of a girl and her family overcoming a tribulation in life. The tribulation was tough but I was getting excited about the end result…and how they overcame. Then God’s words hit me…is it not the same with reality? Have I not promised you a greater life no matter what circumstances come your way?
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Do I not promise you the best kind of ending there is? Eternal life that you may live in me forever? “And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.” 1 John 2:25

The path and gate are narrow…have hope and faith. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Matt. 7:13
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Hope in Me and I will be with you amongst the struggles, among the temptations, and among the tribulations.”For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“In all your ways submit to him and He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:6

No matter how small and feeble your faith may currently seem like to you, you still have faith! God has given us each an amount of faith we need! “…God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
Just think of the faith the size of a mustard seed being able to move mountains! “He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.’” Matthew 17:20
God doesn’t promise bad things won’t happen to us…but He does promise to be there for us among these trying times. “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

If you are striving for Christ in a dark day/month/year and feel like He is far away, remember that God is not a feeling or emotion of His knee-shaking presence (at times) but the belief of the heart. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10



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