Posts tagged with ‘Trials’

3/10/21 TRIALS CAN BE GOD’S PATH TO TRIUMPH

by Barry Lovett

“Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”  II Corinthians 4:17 In the midst of personal setbacks, Paul urged the Corinthians not to lose heart.  In spite of loss, we are to pursue the higher goals of God’s kingdom now, anticipating our eternal […]

3/16/20 WHEN WE KEEP OUR EYES ON CHRIST, OBSTACLES BECOME OPPORTUNITIES

by Barry Lovett

“If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.” II Corinthians 11:30. We have a choice about how we are going to view the sharp-toothed people and adverse circumstances of our lives.  We recognize the danger they pose, but what if we were to let their threats drive us closer to […]

3/3/20 WHEN DOING GOD’S WILL BRINGS PRESSURE, PRESS ON!

by Barry Lovett

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. Few Bible verses have helped God’s people more than this verse.  But just reciting a verse doesn’t ensure victory.  The context of Philippians 4:13 shows that although Paul was a prisoner, he rejoiced and kept a positive outlook.  He received the support of believers and he […]

3/2/20 GOD USES TRIALS TO BUILD CHARACTER

by Barry Lovett

“…tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character.” Romans 5:3-4. The tests of life can help us develop strong Christian character, but that does not always happen.  For example, some people lose patience instead of gaining it when facing a trial.  If we are committed to serving the Lord, we can expect to be tested.  God uses trials to build […]

10/5/18 TURNING TRIALS INTO TRIUMPHS

by Barry Lovett

“You enlarged me when I was in distress.” Psalm 4:1. The Lord often allows His children to undergo extreme difficulties so that they will realize how much they need Him. When they call upon Him in their distress, He comes to their aid with His help and blessing.  Then, comforted and strengthened by His love, they […]