Monday, June 6, 2011

How To Become A Solid Rock In Times Of Trouble!

In Romans 5, the Apostle Paul gives us guidance and encouragment when it comes to handling problems in our lives.  In fact, the Apostle Paul tells us to rejoice in these times...

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.  -Romans 5:3-5 NLT

It seems out of touch that we should rejoice in times of trouble.  However, Paul is right.  When we rejoice, we trust that God is working out something in our lives that will bring about good.  If you've ever experienced a troubling time, and approached it from this biblical view, you know that Paul's words are true.

When we approach life's struggles with rejoicing and faith in God (He'll never leave us nor forsake us), the result is rock solid lives laid on the foundation of Jesus, built with the tools of endurance, character, and hope!  So that when the winds of life's troubles beat against our lives, we won't be swayed, rather, we'll outlast the storms and deliver the hope we have to those whose live's have been destroyed.

So how do we become a solid rock in times of trouble?  Rejoice!

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