by David Cawston

How to Handle Hard Times
David Cawston
Philippians 4:4-7

Hard times are normal for all Christians
We have to change out thinking though about them.
They are not come to destroy us but rather to strengthen us.

Why do you think hard times are called trials!
Because you are being tried –tested-to be approved by God.
Trials that come to our life do not come just because there is an adversary.
They are allowed with a reason and purpose from the Hand of God.
They are not sent by God but are allowed by God.

We need to not moan in a trial but to learn the lessons of that trial. We need to gain all that God has for us.
James 1:2-4
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. NIV
Look at the character traits that James tells us that are developed under trials.
1. perseverance
2. maturity
3. wholeness or completeness.

Paul learned this lesson when he prayer for the removal of the thorn in the flesh in 2 Cor 12:7-10
7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. NIV

4. Humility
5. Dependency
6. Power
7. Divine strength.

Phil 4:4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in ...

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