Hanging Tough In Trials (1 Of 5) by Fenton Moorhead

JUMPING LIFE'S HURDLES
PART ONE: HANGING TOUGH IN TRIALS

John 16:33 (JESUS SAID) ".... In this world you will have
trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the
world."
JESUS SAID THAT WE WILL HAVE TROUBLE, NOT MIGHT.
WE CAN COUNT ON IT.

EVERYONE HERE TODAY IS FACING SOME KIND OF SITUATION THAT BRINGS
SOME STRESS AND STRUGGLE INTO YOUR LIFE.

SOME THINGS ARE MINOR INCONVENIENCES (BUMPS IN THE ROAD),
OTHERS TAKE MORE EFFORT (SHARP CURVES),
BUT SOME ARE HUGE AND THREATENING (HURDLES TO BE JUMPED).

LIFE IS FULL OF PROBLEMS AND TROUBLES.
THERE IS NO PERFECT SITUATION.
LAST WEEK ... CONQUERING WORRY BY TRUSTING GOD/BEING CONTENT.

THIS GOES A STEP FARTHER.
THOSE WHO TRUST IN GOD CAN ACTUALLY REJOICE "IN" TRIALS AND
TESTS.

JAMES WRITES IN VERSE 2, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers,
whenever you face trials of many kinds...,"

THIS SEEMS ABSURD AND RIDICULOUS.

BUT THE KEY TO THIS IS IN VERSE 3. "...BECAUSE YOU KNOW that the
testing of your faith develops perseverance.

YOU KNOW SOMETHING THAT OTHERS DO NOT.

GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING IN ALL THE TRIALS AND TESTS THAT COME
INTO OUR LIVES.

GOD IS SO GREAT THAT HE CAN USE EVEN HURT AND HARM THAT COMES
INTO OUR LIVES FOR AN ULTIMATE GOOD PURPOSE.

C.S. LEWIS SAID THAT GOD
WHISPERS TO US IN OUR PLEASURES,
SPEAKS TO US IN OUR WORK,
AND SHOUTS TO US IN OUR PAIN.

GOD IS GOING TO HAVE MY WHOLE ATTENTION WHEN I HURT.

YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD LIFE IS DETERMINED BY YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF
TRIALS,
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