Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3
Life’s trials are not easy. But in God’s will, each has a purpose. Often He uses them to enlarge you.
Warren W. Wiersbe
In order to be victorious, we need to know God and not simply know about Him. How can we win in life if we’ve never truly encountered the God of victory?
Life happens and we have every right to react and respond. The spirit receives from God, the flesh from outside influence (including the senses) and the soul from both spirit and body: so we are in charge of our responses to life. Emotions are normal, but we cannot stay in our emotions: we must rise to faith. The old testament tells of the apostle Paul who rejoiced during his times of affliction, and he encouraged us to do the same.
Paul was able to rejoice in his suffering because although he was hated and imprisoned, he believed the teachings of Jesus. The Lord never told us we would not suffer, or that we would be loved and live perfectly happy lives. Jesus said, in this world you will suffer many things, BUT take heart, I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Job persevered grief, financial loss and illness because of his faith in God (James 5:11).
If God is allowing us to go through ups and downs of life, He is doing so with a righteous purpose and we should count it as joy even if it hurts. The bible says that we must believe and not doubt God. He says that a such a person is double minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:8).
We can overcome all that is in this world, because Jesus already overcame the world!
Father God we thank you for your love and grace. Thank you for mending our broken hearts and meeting us in our times of suffering. Today I pray for those people who are walking under clouds of depression or any other type of pain. I pray that you give us the steadfast faith of Paul, who was able to rejoice even in the face of persecution. I continue to pray for steadfast faith and a fresh impartation of faith, that none may waiver in the face of painful circumstances. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.