5. Remember God Can Use Trials for Good
It’s good to remember that even though people do me harm, whether unknowingly or knowingly, God can use it for good, even if they meant it for evil (Genesis 50:20). I can trust that God is with me even in the midst of suffering. Without the bad circumstances, I would never learn patient endurance, which helps me to see things from a similar viewpoint as God.
There are three enemies of every believer: the world, the flesh, and the devil. But there are also three weapons God has made available to us: the Holy Spirit, the renewed nature, and the Word of God. We can use these three weapons to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Nothing I can ever go through can separate me from the love of Christ.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:35-39
6. Remember to Share the Hope You Have Discovered
As good as hope feels, it is greatly increased when we share it with others. Be a doer of God’s Word, not just a hearer (James 1:22).
We need to show—in tangible ways to other people—the hope that is within us. Acts of love and kindness speak wonders, especially to a world full of lost people. Most people sit up and take notice when love is demonstrated, especially when it’s shown sacrificially.
The good that God puts in our hearts to do needs to be done. Take steps forward and God will meet you and help you. In Joshua 3, it wasn’t until the priests stepped into the edge of the water that the waters of the Jordan parted. Sometimes we can be so fearful that we refuse to step forward and may even press the brake and prevent God from using us.
The more you show other people hope, the more hope you will feel in your own heart. You have been called to be a blessing. Each day, ask God, “What would You have me to do today?” And then say, “Lord, help me to live boldly today for the things that matter to You.”
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