The upside of trials & affliction

We live in a time, whereby the believers, the church…well, basically everyone wants a quick way out to eliminate suffering and challenges.

But, as long you are the righteousness of God in Christ and have a relationship with God, trials and tribulations are bound to come. Trials are part and parcel of the package since faith is tested through the fire of affliction. This is the process by which faith thrives best and one by which we become perfected and matured in Christ.

How should we then respond to trials and afflictions..? JOY-full! (Huh…and do we?)

My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways James 1:2 (GNT)

We can only consider trials joyous only if we take every challenges that comes our way as an opportunity to grow our roots deeper in the Knowledge of God through the word and in prayer. The trials are not pleasant at the moment of affliction but it is then that God reveals himself to us most, as we talk to Him and confess His Word.

It is also then that our faith is built up and our spiritual capacity increased, so that we can become the person we ought to become in Christ.

The way we respond to trials matters, whether it be in prayer, believing the Word or by sitting back and giving up! This responses define the sphere of our physical and spiritual influence (metron – in greek) and how much further-up we can go in the Knowledge and revelation of God.

Whenever you look back at your life, you should see how your past afflictions and victories sort of relates to your divine calling or purpose.

As for David, he first fought the bears, then he got the courage to face Goliath, and later-on faced Saul and his army.

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world – 1 Peter 1:7

We should never stop to think that we can fight giants while at the onset of every challenge we pull out the escapist mentality.

Neither should we waste the season of sorrow waiting for whatever outcome which most time ends up labeled “the will of God”. Things don’t just happen, they are made to happen by prayers and confessing the Word of God… don’t you forget that🙂

Let every season of sorrow propel you to raise a cry to God and with vigor, press through every trouble because you have the assurance of the presence of God.

And as you do so, just know that you can only have authority over that which you have already conquered. Selah

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