Super Quick Bible Study: Through Troubles, Garner Strength

Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way, they persecuted the prophets before you.

Romans 5:3-5 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 Now, brothers and sisters, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave voluntarily, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.

Psalm 30:5
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

Instead of praying away a problem not unto death or physical disability, we should endure it until we overcome it by the Spirit’s help. Why? If you do manage to pray it away, either something much worse might come along, it could have been a tool for your refinement, or both. Take up your cross, people! Better to suffer and overcome, than to never learn how to when the “something worse” does come.

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