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Cool Under Fire

17 Jun

Cool Under Fire…

God’s Word tells us what to do when adversity comes. Rejoice! Rejoice in adversity! In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul says that the sign of God’s grace to the Macedonian churches during their most severe trials was this: they had overflowing joy!

They rejoiced in adversity! Now I realize that when you are going through tough times, it is hard to rejoice. It’s hard to rejoice when the IRS audits you. It’s hard to rejoice when you lose your job. But the Bible says to rejoice in all things and consider it pure joy. It is hard to do like walking through deep snow.

But when you come out of it, walking is a breeze, a joy. It’s as if you have more power than you ever did. It’s the same with rejoicing in trouble which causes you to grow stronger. Adversity is like a crash course in growing in the Lord.

It’s intensive training that’s more powerful than a sermon. So today rejoice in the hard times. Rejoice so that when the hard times are over, you will have more strength and more faith. And your faith and your joy will overcome the world.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

Any adversity in your life today is an exercise in pure faith. Draw even closer to the Lord and know He is in control of all things, so stand strong and rejoice.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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