One of the surprises that comes to new believers is the presence of trials and difficulties in their lives. Having heard about the victories and interventions experienced by more mature Christians, the assumption is made that following Jesus will bring quick changes in whatever area needs changing. Because human beings tend to limit what God can change, a great deal of dying to self and being emptied of our ideas is often called for. In mercy, God carefully orchestrates the timing and manifestation of the trials. so that they will be a blessing. Accordingly, trials are essential—blessings disguised in rough packing cases as a British pastor used to say. Instead of suggesting that the believer has been abandoned by God, trials are sometimes veritable answers to prayer.
If you look at Daniel's various trials, you will discover that they all ended up being blessings that could have come no other way. The same was also true for Joseph when he was sold by his brothers as a slave, and entered God's special preparatory training that would enable him to successfully serve as the second highest person in all of Egypt. In other words, many of our trials, seen through the eyes of faith, are really "praise the Lord" experiences!
Accordingly, understanding the role of trials is critically important. Therefore this page is dedicated to instructing on the important subject of trials.
"Ephesians 5:19 "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"
"We do not always consider that the sanctification we so earnestly desire and for which we pray so earnestly is brought about through the truth and, by the providence of God, in a manner we least expect. When we look for joy, behold there is sorrow. When we expect peace, we frequently have distrust and doubt because we find ourselves plunged into trials we cannot avoid. In these trials we are having the answers to our prayers."
"Trials are essential in order that we may be brought close to our heavenly Father, in submission to his will, that we may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. God's work of refining and purifying the soul must go on until his servants are so humbled, so dead to self, that when called into active service, they may have an eye single to the glory of God. Then they will not move rashly from impulse, and imperil the Lord's cause because they are slaves to temptation and passion, because they follow their carnal desires; but they will move from principle and in view of the glory of God. The Lord brings his children over the same ground again and again, increasing the pressure until perfect humility fills the mind, and the character is transformed; then they are victorious over self, and in harmony with Christ and the Spirit of heaven."
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