My Daily Guide

 

Growth Through Adversity

 

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:13.

When it comes to adversity, none of us are immune. We have all experienced the heartache, pressure and anguish caused by hardship and trials. Whatever form our trials may take - whether sickness, financial problems, animosity, rejection, bitterness, or anger - we consider them "set backs" in our life. God, however, has a difference prospective. He views adversity as a way, not to hinder the saints, but to advance them in spiritual growth.

When facing tribulation, we often wonder where it came from. Is this my own doing? Is this from Satan? What sin have I committed? It could be chastisement from sin, but we can repent and find forgiveness. Ultimately, all adversity that touches a believer's life must first be sifted through the permissive will of God. He sees how even adversity will fit into His wonderful purpose for your life. Pray - God show me what you are teaching me though this trial or adversity

 


     

    IS JESUS CHRIST YOUR BEST FRIEND?

    Text: Ye are my friends ....I have called you friends. John 15:14-15

    INTRODUCTION: The person who will trust Christ will find him to be the best friend, even as a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. As our best friend, Christ will do the following things for us.

    1. HE REASONS WITH US
      Close friends can reason with us about the intimate things in life. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord" (Isaiah 1:18).
      The Lord will reason with us about all things that concern our life here and hereafter.
    2. HE RESIDES IN US
      Paul says, "I am crucified with Christ: Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Galatians 2:20). Christ will live in us by faith and we can live: "by Faith of the Son of God." Are you the Jesus man? Is Christ in you?
    3. HE REVEALS TO US
      "All things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." He reveals to us the very character of God, and the love, the mercy, the will, the way, the life, the holiness, and the compassion of God the Father. He reveals all things of the Father unto his friends.
    4. HE REACHES THROUGH US
      "If ye do whatsoever I command you." It is the will of God the Father and Christ, the Son to make known through us the plan of salvation unto all men. We are messengers of the Lord. "We are ambassadors for Christ." Lost souls will never be reached for Christ if they are not reached through consecrated friends of his. Reach others for Christ.
    5. HE RESERVES FOR US
      "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (I Cor. 2:9). "I go to prepare a place for you." The Lord Christ reserves the best of life for his friends, and he desires that all men shall be his friends.

     

 

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