Hope in the Midst of Trials

Hope in the Midst of Trials

Hope in the Midst of Trials
Hope in the Midst of Trials

God never exalts anyone until that person is ready for it. First the cross, then the crown; first the suffering, then the glory. Moses was under God’s hand for forty years before God sent him to deliver the Jews from Egypt. Joseph was under God’s hand for at least thirteen years before God lifted him to the throne. In Christ Jesus, their is hope in the midst of trials. One of the evidences of our pride is our impatience with God, and one reason for suffering is that we might learn patience.

1 Peter 5:5-7: You younger men, follow the leadership of those who are older. And all of you serve each other with humble spirits, for God gives special blessings to those who are humble, but sets himself against those who are proud. 6 If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in his good time he will lift you up. 7 Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

Their is hope in the midst of trials because he cares for you.

Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. One of the benefits of this kind of relationship with God is the privilege of letting Him take care of our burdens. Unless we meet the conditions laid down in 1 Peter 5:5-6, we cannot claim the wonderful promise of 1 Peter 5:7.

The word translated “care” means “anxiety, the state of being pulled apart.” When circumstances are difficult, it is easy for us to be anxious and worried; but if we are, we will miss God’s blessing and become poor witnesses to the lost. We need His inward peace if we are going to triumph in the fiery trial and bring glory to His name. it is His inward peace that gives us Hope in the Midst of Trials. Dr. George Morrison said, “God does not make His children carefree in order that they be careless.”

Give all of our cares – past, present, and future – to the Lord

According to 1 Peter 5:7, to have Hope in the Midst of Trials, we must once and for all give all of our cares – past, present, and future – to the Lord. We must not hand them to Him piecemeal, keeping those cares that we think we can handle ourselves. If we keep “the little cares” for ourselves, they will soon become big problems! Each time a new burden arises, we must by faith remind the Lord (and ourselves) that we have already turned it over to Him.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.” All a believer’s anxieties can be cast…on Him. Christ sustains because He cares. their is Hope in the Midst of Trials. A Christian’s confidence rests in the fact that Christ is genuinely concerned for his welfare. Christians in conflict are to be on the alert, made strong and steadfast by Christ Himself.

Identifying The Hope in the Midst of Trials

  1. Those in Christ are freed from the power and penalty of sin ( 6:37,14,18,23 ).

  2. The past is dealt with once and forever. To listen to the past is to listen to demons, and to dishonor the Blood of Christ ( Heb.l0:10,14-22 ). We are to give our time and effort to the present.

  3. God will not allow believers to be tested or tempted beyond what they can bear. He gives His grace and strength to endure every test and resist every temptation so that you never have to sin ( 8:35-39 ; 1 Cor. 10:13 ; 2 Cor. 4:7-10 ; 2 Cor. 12:9-10 ; Phil. 4:13 ; Heb. 4:15-16 ; 2 Pet. 2:4-9 ).

  4. Our Lord Jesus Christ will grant mercy and provide grace to help in every need . He constantly intercedes as an advocate for you to God the Father and fully understands your weaknesses ( 2:18 ; Heb. 4:15-16 ; Heb. 7:25 ; Rom. 5:10 ; John 20:23 ). Don’t defend self when treated unfairly, or suffering injustices. As your advocate, let Jesus handle evil done to you on earth. Our job is to love our enemies, do good to those who persecute you, to express goodwill to them: put them in the hands of God; pray that they may receive spiritual blessings in Christ ( Rom. 12:19 ).

  5. Trials and testings will develop and mature you in Christ if you respond to them in God’s way ( 5:3-5 ; James 1:2-4 ). He never devises evil or harm for you, rather His plans for you are for good ( Gen. 50:20 ; Deut. 8:2,5,16 ; Ps. 145:17 ; Jer. 29:ll-13 ; Rom. 8:28-29 ; Prov. 24:10 ; Prov. 21:22 ).

  6. God’s peace and joy are available to believers regardless of others, possessions or circumstances ( Luke 6:35-38 ; 6:33 ; Rom. 5:3-12 ; John 14:27;15:11;17:13 ; Rom. 14:17 ; Phil. 4:4-7 ; 1 Pet. 1:6-9 ). Follow God’s will, His word which is His righteousness and the Kingdom of God is yours to proclaim. We reign in life through righteousness.

  7. Only God can change people ( 36:26-27 ; Phil. 1:6 ; Phil. 2:13 ). You cannot and are not responsible for changing others. You are accountable to God solely for your own deeds ( Jer. 17:10 ; Ezek. 18:1-20 ; especially verse 20; Matt. 16:27 ; Rom. 2:5-10 ; Col. 3:23-25 ; 1 Pet. 1:17 ), and are to do your part in living at peace with others ( Matt. 5:23-24 ; Mark 11:25 ; Rom. 12:921 ; Rom. 14:19 ; 1 Pet. 3:8-9 ; 1 Pet. 4:8 ).

  8. When you confess your sins, God forgives and cleanses you ( 1 John 1:79 ; 5:10 ; Heb. 7:22-25 ; Heb. 10:22-23 ). Our job is to honor the Blood of Jesus by acting and proclaiming ourselves forgiven by His great sacrifice for us. To act guilty, condemned or self-pitying is to make the cross ineffective. Self-pity is negative pride, worshiping the devil.

As we follow God’s way, walking in His word, living by His truths as so stated, we enter into His promises of an abundant life now, here on earth, as well as in eternity ( 1 Cor. 6:17 ; John 5:24 ; 4:24 ;  10:10 )

John l6:33 : Meditate on this verse, read and listen to it carefully, mull it over until you really understand. We are ‘overcomers’ in Christ. It is about time, we begin to replace evil with righteousness.

Note : During the meditating process, seek others interpretation of the verse, ask Holy Spirit to reveal deeper meaning, etc. For example, on the memory verse, Jesus on the Cross exclaimed: “It is Finished!” To me this verse means that Satan is defeated, I am no longer in union with Satan, my sins are forgiven, I am set free from the world, the flesh and the devil, I am complete in Christ, I am an overcomer in Christ, now in Christ I can work through all the trials , tests and temptations of life and overcome them because Jesus overcame the world so can I in Him. When I do sin, I confess and I am immediately cleansed and I begin to praise Him for His great sacrifice. ( 1 John 1:9 )

 

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