No one likes trials. Trials can be difficult, sometimes even painful if we don’t have the right perspective. Fortunately, when we trust Christ as our Saviour, He uses the trials for our good, but only if we choose to believe Him.
Early in my Christian-life, I remember thinking trials were absolutely terrible. I would often try to run away from my problem, or even hide from the issues that I was facing. In a way, I was allowing fear to overtake me instead of placing my trust in the Lord. I would often revert back to my old ways of thinking, back to the “old man.” But the truth is, I didn’t have to go back to my old ways, I had access to the freedom that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the the flesh, but according the spirit.” -Romans 8:1
Sin is powerful, but it cannot control us unless we allow it to. Unfortunatly, many Christians today believe they are still doomed to failure, and therefore they remain “stuck” in their sins, otherwise known as being in bondage. I re-call a time when I felt stuck in my sins, almost to the point where I questioned if I was even a Christian. I remember the day I asked the Lord to forgive me of my sin, to come into my heart and change me, but I continued to dwell on my former life instead of anticipating the great promises God had for me once I became His beloved child.
As I continued to grow in grace, I learned that there is no score-keeping with God. He doesn’t sit on the sidelines of our lives, waiting for us to make the next wrong move and give us a penalty for messing up. Instead, He offers each of us the opperunity to repent and turn to Him because He wants to have fellowship with us. He wants to restore us back into who He created us to be. After all, we were created in His image (Genesis 1:27).
Look at Peter in the bible who denied Jesus three times. Even though Peter had betrayed Him, the Lord still forgave him and blessed him. Isn’t this true for you and me? No matter how many times we have betrayed Jesus, He still wants to be our friend. He still desires to be in a relationship with us, because He is always ready to forgive and forget our mistakes when we genuinally ask for forgivness.
Even though there are days where we will make mistakes, we begin to grasp the fact that obedience is a choice and it always brings blessing. We can choose to say “no” to sin, when we remind ourselves of the freedom we have to resist the enemy and yeild to God. He will never force us to be faithful to Him, but He does promise to bless us when we do remain faithful. Even when we are not faithful, He remains faithful (2 Tim. 2:13).
Read the words of the well-known hymn “What a Friend we have in Jesus.” Especially the second verse, it talks about trials and tempations. Let me encourage you to take the time to pray, and ask the Lord to reveal to you any area in your life that you might be struggling with and ask Him to help you in those areas. If you need prayer, please send me a message and I would be delighted to pray with you!
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge— Take it to the Lord in prayer; Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer; In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there.
Jesus is longing for you, but the question is: Are you longing for Him?