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Time with God - January 24

Monday, 24 January 2022

1 Peter 1:3-7

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

If you want to strengthen your faith, exercise it!

When someone wants to build muscle, they know it doesn't happen all at once. They don't go into the gym on Thursday evening at 7pm and come out at 8pm bulging with muscles. No, they know that it'll be a long steady process of exercise that makes them strong.

In the same way, God's letting you know that he allows annoyances, difficulties and trials along life's road to gradually strengthen your faith. When difficulties come along, don't view them as obstacles to your faith, but rather as opportunities from God for you to trust him and grow.

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