A trial is a painful circumstance allowed by God to change our conduct and our character. They test our faith and make us realize how much we really need God. Trials aren’t fun to go through, but the great thing about them is they bring glory to God’s name and above anything that’s our whole purpose on earth. We must learn to change our mindset about trials, instead of complaining about what we’re going through we need to ask God what He wants us to learn from this situation and how it can bring Him the glory.
Don’t be upset when going through trials, remember that diamonds are produced under pressure. (James 1:2-4- Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.) Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not only thrown in the furnace, they were going through a fiery trial, but none of that even mattered because the testimony that they were able to share was greater than what they went through. What we go through is nothing compared to what God will do for us to fix our situation. The 3 Hebrew boys did things the right way, they didn’t complain at all and didn’t mind dying for God. (Daniel 3:18- But if He doesn’t, please understand, sir, that even then we will never under any circumstance serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have erected.) This is the kind of attitude we need to have when going through things, can you really say, “well even if God doesn’t come through, I’ll be fine.” Remember that this world is nothing compared to our life in heaven.
1. What’s one trial that you went through? And how did you overcome?
I was talking to my friend the other day and she asked me to pray for her about being anxious because she had to pay her car note by the next day so that she doesn’t get moved to further delinquency. I told her I’d pray and give her money later that week if she still needed it by then. I told her that Psalm 55:22 always helps me. She read the verse and said it was exactly what she needed and then told me that her mom was going to give her the money. Look at God! I also talked to my coworker earlier that same day and she was sharing her life verse with me. A "life verse" is a passage or verse of scripture from the Bible that God has used to strengthen, encourage, and direct your life. My life verse is (Psalm 55:22- Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them. He will not permit the godly to slip or fall.) Last year, I was really stressed about paying my bills. It got so bad that every time I would think about money my back would start hurting. It wasn’t until I gave my financial burden to God, that my anxiety went away. This is my life verse because it’ll always be relevant to my life, not just for my finances, but for anything that is burdening me.
2. What’s your life verse and why?
3. (Check out the video below) What stood out to you in this video?
1 Peter 4:1- Since Christ suffered and underwent pain, you must have the same attitude He did; you must be ready to suffer, too. For remember, when your body suffers, sin loses its power.)
1 Peter 4:12-19
We must remember that this life is a race and if we give up at every bump in the road, every time we trip, every time we get tired etc., how will we ever make it to the finished line? (Matthew 24:13- But the one who endures to the end will be saved.)
Confessions are scriptures that you meditate on and Hebrews 10:36-38 are one of my confessions because it’s reassuring me that whatever happens in my life I need to remember the reward (heaven) that God has for me and continue to do His will for my life.
They were on trial before their enemies, but that didn’t make them turn their back on God, it just made them more bolder and even the Council had no choice but to believe them. (Acts 4:13-14- When the Council saw the boldness of Peter and John and could see that they were obviously uneducated non-professionals, they were amazed and realized what being with Jesus had done for them! And the Council could hardly discredit the healing when the man they had healed was standing right there beside them!)
3. How does boldness impact our Christian walk?
The great thing about boldness is that it influences others to be bold too. When I read Acts for the first time I was so inspired. It was so cool seeing the disciples standing up for Jesus even after getting thrown in jail, beaten and even killed. It just made me remember that there are people in other countries who die for proclaiming Christ but bold enough about their faith in God that they don’t mind. (Philippians 1:21- For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].)
This is just a reminder that God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggle and a reward for your faithfulness. Don’t give up. Yes, trials are hard to go through, but they make us better Christians and our testimonies after the trial show others that God is faithful and will make a way for us. We must look at the bigger picture, the end goal which is heaven. One verse that’ll always stand out to me is “Shall we receive only pleasant things from the hand of God and never anything unpleasant?” (Job 2:10)
4. What did you get from today’s lesson?