Daily Devotional | Standing Strong In Trials

1 Peter 5:8 NIV
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

The victory begins when you make that decision to STAND STRONG IN YOUR TRIALS. This attracts God to fight for you.

Trials and tests are not accidents. Rather they are divine appointments given to us from the Lord. Often trials and tests in our lives help us to grow spiritually, and they help us to become more like the Lord Jesus Christ. Trials and tests help us to depend on the Lord instead of ourselves and other people. If we stand firm in our faith in the midst of trials and tests, our lives will be wonderful testimonies of God’s grace to others. To be able to stand firm in our faith we need to be deeply immersed in God’s Word and prayer, and we need to grow and develop in our love relationship with our Lord.

I think it is safe to say that none of us like going through trials. It is not something that any of us look forward to. However, we can have joy in the midst of trials, not for the particular trials themselves, but for the particular purpose behind those trials. What does that mean? Scripture tells us that God has a purpose behind our problems, he is growing us and preparing us for certain special blessings that he has already prepared for us on the other side of those trials.  In other words, God has a perfect purpose behind your particular trial that you are facing right now, and he is working it out for your good and his glory. How can we be so sure? “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Trials rarely are sent directly from God. Most trials originate from demonic powers – demonic assignments upon our life (spiritual terrorist attacks). When God directly sends a trial our way, it is always because of his love for us. If you have a true, sincere heart for the Lord Jesus Christ, you above all people are hated by demonic powers above all others. Never forget that.

Let’s also make one other thing perfectly clear. God is 100% sovereign over what demonic powers are allowed to do in our lives. He always has been. He always will be. Every trial demonic powers launch against a child of God first must pass through the screening of our heavenly Father. We see this fact clearly – long before Jesus Christ defeated Satan at the cross – Just read the book of Job in the Old Testament.

Yet here is what God wants born again believers to see and be at peace with.  Every trial that we go through in this life … God promises that He is going to use those trials to ultimately work for our eternal good!   Because most trials against Christian believers come from Satan, God still promises us from His Word that He will use those trials – painful and unfair as they may be – to work for our eternal good!  Precious one … this is a win-win situation!

Here is our absolute assurance that God is using our trials to one day become our blessing:

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seenare temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV 

Scripture of the day: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:16 

Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.

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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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