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Important facts about trials and tribulations

Trials and tribulations affect everyone. Overcoming them while actually learning something from them in the process, can be challenging.

Mark 11:22-26 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thoucast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

The same prayer that transforms the sinner is the same prayer that heals the sick. It is an absolute belief that, not only are all things possible with God, but that he is willing to do what you ask. It takes confidence to believe in him, especially if the conditions you find yourself in are under a lot of pressure.

Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

When you speak from experience, your testimony gives you power to do it again, that is - to go to the Lord and make the blessings happen again.

For example: have you ever gone to the Lord for healing? If not, read on.

Healing requires prayer, watching and work, combined with self-denial. It requires the deliberate removal of your feelings, opinions, and beliefs so that the Lord can not only heal, but teach you something about himself. The Lord already knows what you desire and what your needs are even before you think them.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

There is no loss by believing and trusting him with your desires.

Typically what follows a desire for God (to bless you) are a series of opportunities "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." in the form of what may feel like trials and tribulations. But please note that, trials and tribulations alone do not always necessarily create vessels of honor.

Why?

Because Satan also uses them. Satan uses trials and tribulations in order to remove the Word of God from your heart. 

Mark 4:4-7 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

How much fruit you produce as a result of responding to your trials and tribulations is determined by how you answer the Lord. And how much of the Word of God that is taken from the heart is also determined by your reactions.

Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. However, for the saint of God, those same trials or tribulations are converted into opportunities for growth in order to make you a vessel unto honor.

For the saint of God, trials and tribulations are opportunities to learn from Jesus Christ. The Lord teaches you how he reacts and thinks about your situation and what you end up learning is how to please God and which actions produce a blessing and which ones produce a curse.

Matt. 11: 19 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

James 1:3-7 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.