Trials And Tribulations - Christian Daily Devotions - April 13 2006

Trials And Tribulations - Verse of the Day :
Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
-Acts 14:22

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : Acts 14

Evening : Judges 19-21

Trials And Tribulations

We are a generation of Christians who are so fearful of the word "tribulations." But trials and tribulations are part and parcel of the Christian life. In fact, Jesus promises: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

Tribulation is a promise from God. And when we are spiritually and psychologically prepared to tackle them, we won't be shocked or caught unaware when they do show up.

Why does God allow trials and tribulations? Because as terrible as they may be, they are good for our spiritual development. Romans 5:3-4 says, "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope."

Basically, Paul is saying that you should rejoice in tribulation because it builds a backbone of steel and character in you. And you need those two things if you want to see your visions and dreams coming to pass.

April 13 - Trials And Tribulations - Christian Daily Devotions

Today, there are many Christians who believe that God will never allow His children to suffer. Unfortunately, the escaping of tribulations is never supported in the scriptures. God is more interested in your character than in your comfort.

Just look at the disciple whom Jesus loved the most--John. He was imprisoned on the island of Patmos for his faith in Christ. How did John address himself? he said, "I am your brother and companion in tribulation" (Rev. 1:9).

Tradition has it that John was eventually killed by being boiled in a pot of oil. But wait a minute! Wasn't he the favourite disciple of Jesus? Then shouldn't Jesus have done something for His most beloved follower? If Jesus didn't exempt John from trials and tribulations, what makes you think you are any more special?

In these end-times, God is not raising up a congregation of softies. He is raising up an army that can endure hardship for Him. Don't be afraid of the many trials and tribulations you may have to go through.

Paul says, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). When you face sufferings (or persecution!) for you faith in Jesus, you will receive special grace to go through them in that hour.

Remember: "If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you...If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name" (1 Pet. 4:14,16 NIV).

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