How do I get through this Trial

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Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you

1 Peter 4:12


I’m not a huge fan of trials. They come in all shapes and sizes in the most inconvenient times. I’ve found that I can’t necessarily prepare for the worst of trials because they target toward the weakest areas of my life. While knowing scriptures and praying regularly helps me get through trials—they don’t insulate me from the painful lessons that I need to learn in order to grow in my faith. How do we get through the trials of our lives?

Get through by trusting God in faith. (Psalm 62:8)
Faith is the first and foremost way to make it through our trials. We can’t trust in the circumstances that we see, instead we trust in what we know is true about God. Our faith is strengthened as we continually take His word into our hearts and minds.

Get through by staying the course instead of giving up. (Philippians 3:14)
Giving up during a trial is a common temptation for all of us. We think that giving up on God’s intervention will relieve us of the stress and pressure. However, every time we press our way towards what we know is right—we become stronger in the faith even if we feel weak.

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Get through by seeking godly counsel and wisdom. (James 1:5)
Common sense and practical thinking offer only so much when we are going through trials. Yet, most of the time, our trials don’t make sense. Therefore, we need wisdom from God to make the best decisions during our times of uncertainty.

Get through by focusing on God’s grace and not the surrounding circumstances. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Grace is God’s unmerited favor on our lives. During times of trials, we can get caught in the trap of feeling sorry for ourselves and then discouragement begins to settle in our hearts. Instead if we direct our attention to God’s provision, protection, and guidance—we will overcome the pity parties.

Get through by walking in the Spirit and resisting the passions of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16) The Holy Spirit within will lead us in the right direction, while our flesh will always lead to death of dreams and destiny. Our spiritual walk is a day-to-day decision to follow Christ regardless of the trials before us. We will make it to the other side of our trials as we lean on God’s guidance through the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I want to get through this trial with victory instead of defeat. Turn my attention away from anything that seeks to distract me from You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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