Month: April 2022

Conclusion- How to Redeem Your Trials (Part 2)

When we recognize that we missed the mark and repent, God moves to work His good plan for our welfare and not for our harm. Always remember He loves us with a perfect love- the kind of love that drives out our fear of punishment or suffering so that we can rest in the hope that all will turn out well.

The key is patience. Patience is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “bearing or enduring pains, trials or the like without complaint.” If we will surrender to what God is causing or allowing with this kind of attitude, the trial will prosper us. We can expect a good outcome- an outcome that is beneficial for His kingdom and for our growth in Christ-likeness.

Conclusion- How to Redeem Your Trials (Part 1)

At this stage, I would like to give some closing thoughts regarding all of the points presented thus far.

The Holy Spirit has seemed to admonish me for some time to quit worrying about “messing up God’s plan” by way of my mistakes and misunderstandings. In fact, the Lord takes no pleasure in prolonging or intensifying our trials in order to “teach us a lesson.” He does not needlessly punish His children; Jesus was punished for our sins on our behalf. Instead, we are to place our hope in the Father’s deep desire and commitment to work all things (including our mistakes) for good because we love Him and are called to His purposes. However, God simply cannot allow fear and anxiety (or any sin) to prosper us! When we submit to the Father’s good will toward us by humbly seeking His instruction and submitting to His correction, the Spirit will teach us how to confess and turn from sinful ways and walk with the Lord.

How to Redeem Your Trials- #4

Final points on redeeming trials:

  • Learn to communicate clearly and precisely, slow down and think; then ask in your heart for the Holy Spirit to guide what/how you speak. James 1:19
  • Do not react out of raw emotions. Choose not to allow yourself to become anxious. Instead, wait on the Lord’s peace by seeking His will, praying, and resting in His presence until your heart is strengthened. Psalm 119:81; Psalm 27:14; & Psalm 62:1-2
  • Avoid putting your unwavering hope or complete trust in man or medications, but only in your Heavenly Father who never fails you! Psalm 20:7; Psalm 118: 8-9
  • Learn to have the grace and humility to accept heartfelt offers of help. Others are blessed through their giving! Likewise, continue giving to others even when you are needy. Galatians 6:10

How to Redeem Your Trials- #3

More opportunities to grow in the Lord:

  • Use your personal experience during trying times to develop accurate empathy for others. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can actually develop thankfulness throughout our troubled times because we experience God’s comfort; and then in turn, we can learn how to comfort others in their time of need. Psalm 26: 2 & 7; 2 Corinthians 1:4
  • Do good for others while you can and every time you can. Trials can afford us good insight about how it feels to be needy and weak. As a result, we are more freely able to offer heartfelt assistance to others. James 2:18; Heb. 13:16; Phil. 2:4; Gal. 6:2; 1Thess. 5:11; Prov. 3:27
  • By faith, choose to continually surrender to the Lord’s will with the sacrifice of praise and thankfulness. Submit to the work He is accomplishing. Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 5:6
  • Seek wisdom- the ability to do God’s will in His timing and to look at life from His perspective- as you continue to go through rough times. James 1:5; Proverbs 4:5

HOW TO REDEEM YOUR TRIAL- #2

More ways to redeem value from our times of testing:

  • Let no corrupt (useless, dishonest, unrighteous) word proceed from our mouths. Ephesians 4:29
  • Learn when to let go and rest. Mt. 11:28 & Joshua 1:13
  • Cast your cares on the Lord and bring your burdens to Jesus immediately and consistently, because stress often leads to emotional and even physical illnesses. I Peter 5: 7 ; Mt. 11: 28-30
  • Trust God and believe in His goodness all of the time; walk by faith and not by sight (according to our circumstances, other people, or our own reasoning). 2 Corinthians 5:7

More to come…

How to Redeem Your Trials

I will be sharing 15 points over the next few posts on how to redeem value from every trial we may face. The Lord is interested in our character and in our growing relationship with Him. He never wastes an opportunity to mature and teach us, if we will seek what He wants to show us and submit to whatever the Lord chooses to work in us through the trial.

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

  • Be grateful for every good thing in each day and give weight to the works of God, not those of the enemy. Ephesians 5:20 & Philippians 4:8
  • Trust God that any trial can be redemptive in His hands. Romans8:28
  • Believe that God is always a loving Father; the extent of the test/trial is what it takes to accomplish His good purpose. James1:2-4

To be continued…

Welcome to my first post.

This is the first of many future posts to come

As I attempt to post for the first time, I am reminded of the feeding of the 5,000 and of the 4,000 in Matthew 14:14-21 & Mt. 15:29-39. Notice that the multiplication of the bread and fish was accomplished in the hands of Jesus, and then given to the disciples to share. Also, less fish and less bread were used to feed the larger crowd of 5,000 and more loaves and fish to feed the lesser crowd of 4,000. Although I may have little to bring to Him, it does not matter! Jesus can use a little or much to accomplish His purposes- it is not dependent on the magnitude of our talent or abilities, only on our willingness and trust in Him to use what we have.